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April 16, 2013 How-to-Guides

Two Extra Tips on Speed Up PC by Optimizing Windows Appearance Settings


Remove search bars in desktop

Desktop search bars usually comes with preinstalled features like MSN Desktop, Google Desktop, these desktop search bar may not be useful for everyone, if you seldom use them or feel like won’t use them anymore, removing them will save a bit of your drive space and ram usage thus speed up the computer in a certain degree. Well if you use these search bar a lot, there will be no need to removing them, but you’d better disable indexing. (detailed instruction please stay tuned for my following pos which will teach you how to improve system performance further and troubleshot annoying PC errors).


Just like uninstalling a standard Windows program, removing desktop search bar is an easy task. For Windows XP, simply reach the Add/Remove program from the Control Panel, or Uninstall a program in Windows 7. In the list you’ll be able to find out the desktop search, select it and then click Remove/Uninstall, follow the given instruction to finish the removal.


Disable unnecessary gadgets

In Windows 7, users can place custimized gadgets anywhere on the desktop, actually these gadgets you placed in the desktop can be very resource-hungry, disabling them can save a portion of your system resources and surely will improve the system performance a little bit. Don’t underestimate this “a little”, if you combine all these performance tips together, many a little could make a mickle.

There are two ways to disable the gadgets, one is right click on a blank spot on your desktop, select Gadgets, and then disable the unwanted ones. Another solution is to disable the whole gadget platform, see the steps below:

  • Go to Start > Control Panel, in the Programs and Features section, click Turn Windows features on or off.


  • Uncheck the Windows Gadget Platform option in the pop-up window and click OK to confirm.


  • Reboot your computer once your finish the operation.

If you done all these tips correctly, I believe you will notice the performance improvements, even though it is not that obvious. Well, actually there is still many things you can do to speed up your PC, just stay tuned.

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