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Make Windows 7 perform best on netbook

Get the best from Windows 7 on a netbook

A few years ago the idea of a computer and some people as quite useless would have beaten. Many consumers chose laptops, just because they do not much space in the House. These laptops easily enough, were much more expensive to take from home to work or school and is aimed at those who had to work a real need on documents while on the go.

Today’s notebooks are easier and cheaper than ever, but there is a new generation of portable, low-power processors and use solid state memory to produce smaller, leaner and less expensive computer named “Netbooks”. Early Netbooks with Linux sold recently was the supplied operating system Windows XP.

Vista was much rarer in particular because it more memory and processing power than XP required. Windows 7 was designed from the outset with the portability and, although it more advanced be than Vista, can run most Netbooks with little impact on performance. In this article we show with Windows 7 to get the best performance of a NetBook you as you.

One of the quickest ways to boost netbook performance is to turn off the advanced graphics features that make Windows 7 look great, but which use a significant proportion of processing power.

The main culprit is Aero, which produces the transparent effect on the edges of Windows and includes handy tools such as Aero Peek and Jump Lists. These are useful but if you need the extra performance for other tasks, it is easy to limit Aero’s processor use.

Right-click the desktop, select Personalize, scroll down the page until you see ‘Basic and high-contrast themes’ and choose Windows 7 Basic. You’ll still get a basic level of Peek and Jump Lists continue to work.

Preserving battery life
Battery life is an important concern if you want to use a computer away from home. Netbook processors use less power but their displays and other components still draw lots of energy – ­ just like laptops.

The good news is that you change the settings in Windows 7 to maintain power. Click the start menu and select Control Panel, followed by power options. A subset of power plans appear here – a plan is a group of settings that tell Windows to use and if darker and the power interrupt the display to some components together how much energy for various components.

The default setting in Windows 7 Home Premium is Balanced, which ensures the processor has enough power to give good performance when in active use by applications while reducing energy usage if the computer is not being used after a set time.

The Power Saver plan is ideal for portable PCs when away from a mains connection. While Balanced dims the screen after 10 minutes of inactivity, Power Saver does this after five minutes.

Similarly, the amount of time Power Saver waits to put the PC into Sleep mode is cut by half to 15 minutes. Sleep mode cuts power to everything but memory, so work in open documents is not lost.

To change the power plan your computer uses, click the button next to its name so the circle has a blue dot in it and close the Power Options window.

You can also customise the power settings to save even more battery life. Each plan has a link next to it labelled ‘Change plan settings’, which you can click to change the time Windows 7 waits before switching off the display or entering Sleep mode. Windows 7 also reactivates the display and sleeping components much more quickly than Vista.

Customise settings
You can create your own plan to Windows 7. Back in the main power option click on “power”, make your own window, which is convenient, if you have preferences for use at home and in a second position to develop. The settings are the same for both techniques so let our choose own plan to use the Netbooks while on a train.

First choose the settings you want to change, type a name, sleep in our case, and it before you click Next. Then set how long before dimming the screen and enter sleep mode before you wait to create. Our plan is now displayed in the “Select a power plan” where we can “Change plan settings” and then “change advanced power settings”.

Wonderful wireless
Wireless networking also eats into battery life because the network adapter in the computer is continually using energy. Many netbooks have a switch or keyboard button to deactivate wireless when not needed – ­ consult your computer’s manual to find out about this.

You can also reduce the power consumption of the wireless adapter in your power plan (although this might affect your web access if the signal strength from the wireless network is low).

Open Wireless Adapter Settings, then Power Saving Mode and left-click ‘Setting’ to reveal a dropdown menu where you can choose your preference. You can always undo changes by clicking ‘Restore plan defaults’.

Our last tip is the NetBook screen. The relatively small size of some NetBook displays can make it difficult to read documents and Web pages. You should check whether your display to its native resolution is set, open “Control Panel” Start button, followed and then double click display of screen resolution.The resolution of the display is normally included in the netbook’s manual, although Windows 7 can detect this. Click the resolution dropdown menu and ensure the figure selected has ‘(recommended)’ next to it.

Another way to reclaim a valuable proportion of display space is to set the Taskbar to appear only when it is needed. Right-click the Taskbar and select Properties. In the dialogue box that appears, click the box labelled ‘Auto-hide the taskbar’, followed by OK. The Taskbar now appears only when the mouse pointer is moved towards it.

There’s no doubt that Windows 7 performs well on most netbook computers. There are more options to conserve battery life, networking is easier and with more touchscreen netbooks due to launch later this year, using a computer while travelling looks set to become even easier.

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