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How to strip Windows 7 and tune for SPEED!

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DEFENDER This is worthless as spyware gets (this should be a RED flag about Security Essentials!). Defender doesn’t stop infections while noticeably slowing down systems, so TURN IT OFF. The spyware issue is much better dealt with using Malwarebytes pay, or by virtualizing your browsing using avast! Pro

Control Panel, Windows Defender, Options, un-check “Start Defender with Windows” J.R, will skip this step and disable the “Windows defender” service (see below under SERVICES)


Programs, Turn Windows Features ON / OFF, uncheck:

1st Remote Differential Compression 2nd Tablet PC (unless it has a touch screen) 3rd Windows Meeting Place 4th Gadgets     ANIMATIONS unnecessary Control Panel, Ease of Access, Make it easier to focus on tasks, check box “turn off all unnecessary animations”   


UNDER Control panel, Administrative  Tools, Services, now you can see all the services that are “started”, and disable all unnecessary services:


Readyboost (nobody uses a USB drive for speed) Offline files Windows Live Login helper Windows Defender Windows Media Center (disable all, nobody uses it) Windows Media Player Network Sharing LightScribe Cyberlink   AERO J.R. removes AERO by disabling Desktop Window Manger Session Manager  but you can leave the Themes service – so Windows 7 still looks pretty. Extreme stripping for speed, such as Vista, or slow XP systems, the the Themes service is also disabled.   MOUSE SCHEME

From Control Panel, Mouse, Pointers, under “Scheme” select “Windows Standard extra large (a mouse theme is a scheme)  We have proven application incompatibility with animated cursors. “Windows Standard” is the native Scheme.



From “RUN” (Windows key + R), “msconfig”, Startup, start un-checking unnecessary startup applications:

Groove monitor

Intel (hkcmd.exe) + (igfxtray.exe) + (igfxpers) Microsoft Intellipoint ATI CCC RealPlayer H.P.update Google update Messengers ( messengers) all scanning engines (OCR, paperport, etc.) Roxio Nero OSA  


From Control Panel, Network, change adapter settings, now right-click any network adapter object (may only be one), and then click Properties, and Un-check these boxes:

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder QoS Packet Schedular.   Disable any unused network adapters from Control Panel, Network, change adapter settings, now right-click on each unused adapter listed and click disable


Right-click Computer, properties, Advanced System Settings, Performance, select “Custom” then start un-checking boxes:

Animate controls

Animate windows Animations in taskbar, Fade/slide menus Fade/slide ToolTips Fade out menu Show shadows mouse Show shadows windows Show translucent Show Windows contents Slide open combo boxes  


Disable all toolbars, and their corresponding BHO’s and set default home page to Google.com

From Tools, Internet Options, Programs, Manage Add-ins, Currently Loaded Add-ins, and disable all unnecessary add-ins: J.R. leaves:

Adobe and Java 

J.R. removes:

avast WebRep, leave anti-phishing M$ Groove GFWS M$ Groove Folder Research Send to OneNote Discuss Ect.   J.R. removes all accelerators, all search providers and all their engines.  J.R. always sets the defaults search provider and Home page to Google  

Remove Unused Programs

Programs you don’t use are like guests who have overstayed their welcome: You’re much happier after getting rid of them.


Free Up Disk Space

Hard drives accumulate junk. You’ve got temporary folders, backup files, the Recycling Bin, and who knows what else. Always do this prior to disinfection  and defragging. J.R. uses ATF Cleaner & CCleaner


About Cleaning the Windows Registry

J.R. does not clean the registry without a reason.  It is like a raw egg, it’s extremely fragile, and the more you handle it, the faster you will break it.  When an if this is required, we use CCleaner registry tool.  This may need to be run more than once.  J.R. backs up the registry before touching. This is only performed when required by:


System corruption System cleaning BSOD analysis  

J.R. Guthrie

President and Failure Analysis Engineer

Advantage Micro Corporation



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