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I want to disable most features as possible on Windows 7 that hurt performance.

This probably means disabling Aero.

But I also want it pretty.

Do windows 7 support some kind of simple theming? Like changing the start button to some simple flat design that is easy to render?

Also, any other tweaks you people would suggest?
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Use this guide to disable unwanted services- http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/
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have you tried win 10?
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Originally Posted by OrSpeeder View Post

I want to disable most features as possible on Windows 7 that hurt performance.

This probably means disabling Aero.

But I also want it pretty.

Do windows 7 support some kind of simple theming? Like changing the start button to some simple flat design that is easy to render?

Also, any other tweaks you people would suggest?

Play around with this setting:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1908-visual-effects-settings-change.html

NOTE: "Adjust for best performance" make your computer look like the classic view of Windows XP.
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For theming I would recommend this site: http://virtualcustoms.net/forum.php
They do simple and really extreme Windows theming.
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have you tried win 10?

To my sadness, yes.

This is actually the first time I use Win7 personally.

I jumped from XP to 8, then 8.1, then saw all 10 shenanigans (including in computers I manage), and decided on my new computer that I am building use Win7.
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See this link
http://www.simforums.com/forums/the-fsx-computer-system-the-bible-by-nickn_topic46211.html

This was written for FSX (Microsoft Flight Simulator X) diehards, but the Win 7 tuning part is what you are looking for. Win 7 tuning starts with the post on July 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM. Before you just jump to the Win7 part I suggest that you read through the whole tread that relates to building a PC and installing Win 7, that way you will not miss anything useful. You can skip the FSX part if you do not have FSX installed.

I have followed the Win 7 tuning on three different PC's and I can state that anything Nick tells you to do will not harm your PC. Only do what he says to do, do not get creative.
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To my sadness, yes.

This is actually the first time I use Win7 personally.

I jumped from XP to 8, then 8.1, then saw all 10 shenanigans (including in computers I manage), and decided on my new computer that I am building use Win7.

This may be in another thread I haven't found. The issue now seems to be MS manipulative - some say abusive - steps to force or sneak an auto upgrade to W10 from W7. There are SCADS, TONS, BUNCHES of posts, threads,blogs, exposees out there.

I'm not interested in any arguments "why don't you just accept W10 it's not so bad, it's more better than 7, it's inevitable anyway, what are you stupid?" Let's say any particular user - stupid or reactionary or not - wants or needs to stay in W7. For their own reasons. Any experience on Overclock.net on making that work? This week anyway before MS creates another hidden forced upgrade.

It does make one think about OS X or Linnux, just to avoid manipulation by the evil empire. But the re-investment, re-configuration, re-learning is probably more burdensome than adjusting to W10. The point is we shouldn't be forced to waste resources on either one.

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