by Lina Martinez

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Windows 7 is perhaps the most popular operating system in the world. Most of us have access to this operating system as standard on our home PCs and at work, and it is a system which we are all very familiar with. 

However, many of us don’t actually make the most of Windows 7 and its capabilities, and this is a shame because the system has been built with many great features in mind. Today we want to talk about just a few of these features and the way that you can get the most out of Windows 7 yourself this year. So before you run to Networx IT for guidance on every computer issue you have, let’s see if some of these tips will help. 

1. Speed it up 

A good way to speed up the use of Windows 7 is to check for updates every few days and always shut down the computer and let it reboot for the next time you use it. Computers need to sleep just as we do and this is something which is important for the speed and performance. 

2. Use multiple monitors 

Although a lot of us have become familiar with the split screen function of Windows 7 (dragging a page to the left or right of the screen to split it in 2), some of us still don’t utilise one of the most useful features of all. Using more than one monitor will change your life. It can speed up the way you work as you can have many pages open at the same time, and it will allow for speedy work. You can easily set up multiple monitors in the computer’s settings and even drag and drop screens to your preferred formation. 

3. Flush the ARP cache in Windows 7

The Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) cache is a vital part of IP networking. The cache is a type of data which is stored on the computer and can be used for faster loading times and browsing. When you watch a video or look on a website, your PC will download a small portion of the data so that next time you go to watch the same video or browse the same website, it will load much quicker. In terms of ARP, it can sometimes slow down performance because the line is choked up with too much data, Now and again you should clear this data for better performance. 

4. Disable what you won’t use 

As standard, your Windows 7 machine will come with a whole host of processes which run in the background of your PC to help with the general running of the machine. However, these can sometimes slow down performance and this is why you can disable what you don’t need. Things such as IP Helper, offline files, and Network Access Protection can be disabled to speed up the PC. This will ensure that you can browse and use the system efficiently.