Windows 7 has already replaced the old Windows XP in most computer user's hearts. With the mix of loved XP and the reviled Vista's good points, Windows 7 is, without a doubt, the best Microsoft has to offer. Windows 8 might seem good, but only a few appreciate it and some are not willing to shed cash to replace a good system they trust.
Anyway, even though Windows 7 is great, it is still not perfect. Problems with the system arise from time to time and these issues cause a great deal of stress to users who are not well versed with how operating systems work and the set of quirks that come with them. Because of that, here are some of the top issues you might encounter with Windows 7, and their corresponding fixes.
Slow Performance in Old Computers
If you are one of those who upgraded your computers to Windows 7 because you heard and saw that it is great but became disappointed because your computer might not be able to handle it, do not worry. Unlike the rabid Vista that consumes a lot of computer resources, Windows 7 is friendly to old computers just like Windows XP.
However, if its default setting is hurting your computer, it is time for you to take action. And the most common culprit that you need to apprehend to make your computer run fast is Windows 7's default visual settings.
To change it and improve your computer's performance, open your start menu. On the search text box, type 'adjust the appearance' without the single quotes on it. The start menu will search for that, and return an entry that has a name of Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows. Click on it. A small window will appear, and it will have the title of Performance options. If you want to optimize your computer for best performance, just tick the Adjust for best performance radio box and click OK. The appearance of your desktop will change, but it will run smoothly just like your old Windows XP. On the other hand, if you fell in love with some of the graphic styles and effects that Windows 7 introduced, you can just turn off the ones you do not like in the "Custom" section.
Incompatible Old Programs
Even though the recent updates in Windows 7 has fixed most compatibility issues with old programs, there might be some programs that you had in your old system that might have been displaying bugs or are not working at all. If that is the case, you can just to change a setting for Windows 7 to adjust and work out the compatibility issue.
To do that, go to your program's main application. Right click on it. On the context menu that will pop up, click on the Properties option ¬- it should be placed on the bottom most part of the menu, Once you do that, a window for the program's properties will pop up. Find the Compatibility tab, and click on it.
In the Compatibility section, you can set the program to be run with compatibility assistance from the system. Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for check box and choose the operating system where your program has worked fine before. Once you have done that, click on the OK button. Your program should work as it was intended.
The Explorer's Display a Bit Different
Unlike Windows XP's intuitive explorer, Windows 7's explorer might bewilder you a bit or tick you off. Now, when you look around the folders in the right pane of the explorer window, the left pane directory does not work with it. Instead, the directory will not follow your movements. And it makes it a bit difficult to know where you are. And the address bar on top is not helping since it only displays the name or title of the folder that you are in. Unlike before, it does not display the address or your current folder location. And to know the address, you will need to click on the address bar.
To solve those two problems, you will need to tweak them in the Folder Options window. To access that, click on Tools on the File Menu (the on top with the File, Edit, etc. buttons). After that, click on Folder Options.
On the Folder Options window, you should be on the General Tab. In order for the directory pane to follow your navigation, check the Automatically expand to current folder check box.
On the other hand, for you to always see where your current location or address, go to the View tab. On the Advance settings section, check the Display the full path in the title bar and click on OK. Even though the address is not on the address bar, you can still view it on the title bar of the explorer window.
Just like with the XP system, you may also experience missing "DLL" files and corrupted system files. This could be brought by faulty installation of new programs, viruses, or problems with the registry. In any case, these can be fixed by running utility software such as registry cleaners, antivirus and automatic driver updaters.