Windows 7 problems

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by djg05, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. djg05

    djg05 Registered Member

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    I know a lot of you here are still using Win 7 and out of curiosity I decided to go back and install it again. I used a fresh install and updated it to the latest updates, but I am disappointed with it.

    I am currently using Win 8.1 without the Metro rubbish and Start8 as the start manager so in look it is very much like Win 7. I find it is much snappier in use than 7. Ignoring the start/close times everything works much better.

    So the question is, is there a setting I have missed along the line? I am sure that 7 devotees would not be putting up with a slower m/c if they could upgrade out of it.
     
  2. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

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    I use Windows 7 at home and Windows 8.1 at work and don't notice any speed difference when using them.
    I don't think that there is one setting that would improve the speed.
    Personally I disable services that I don't need, startup apps that don't need to run and don't run real-time AV. I also use SSD and run system and apps from it.
     
  3. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Hi djg05

    I think the clue might be "latest updates" I recently did a clean install of Win 7 Pro on a VM. It flew, then I did all the updates and it sank. What I would do is do a clean install, then install KB3172605 which is the speed updates up fix, and then just install all the Security updates, and .net updates.

    Pete
     
  4. djg05

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    Thanks - they are both running on a SSD. The Win 8 is an old installation and would have expected to have slowed down by now. It is a very marked difference between the two to the degree that I get impatient with it.
     
  5. djg05

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    Thanks Pete - I did follow the instructions to get the faster updating and that worked well. I just installed the security updates (recommended) but did not go through them to check if there were any to avoid.
     
  6. trott3r

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    Yes the win7 updates mess is documented on woodys windows blog -take a look how to solve it.

    ALso win8 has a fair amount of extra telemetry going to MS compared to win7.
    Win10 of course is even worse.
     
  7. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

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    Windows 7 - if you buy a refurbished computer loaded with Windows 7 that has never seen an update - install the staging pack first, the cumulative pack and the latest cumulative rollup.

    After that, run Windows Update for any required further updates that might be needed.
     
  8. Circuit

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    Leave my security programs to handle problems, why let more in (billy gates updates)?
    No more updates from "ms" for me. :p

    Win 7
     
  9. djg05

    djg05 Registered Member

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    Thanks to all for the help with this. I eventually tracked it down to the Power Settings which had been set to minimal. They are turned up to Ferrari settings.
     
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