I parted this together from a newegg review and random forum posts. Tried to stick to "simple and safe". Any suggestions are welcome. [F] for speed, for space. [F] 1. If your BIOS supports AHCI then enable it. Set S1 instead of S3 if you have the option, otherwise don't worry about. 2. Install Windows 7. Use the built in partition tool to avoid alignment issues. [F] 3. In Windows Explorer; right click on the C: drive and select properties. Uncheck "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed." Click Apply and then Ignore All. 4. In that same properties box, select TOOLS -> Defragment now -> Uncheck "Run on schedule". [F] 5. Device Manager -> Disk drives -> [drive name] -> Properties -> Policies -> [X] Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing. 6. In Services, "Stop" and then "Disable" Disk Defragmenter and Windows Search. 7. (Optional) Disable hibernation. Start Menu -> Type cmd -> Right-Click the cmd Icon -> Run as Administrator -> Type powercfg -h off [F] 8. Modify Superfetch for boot caching only. Open regedit.exe and browse down to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters Find the “EnablePrefetcher” key on the right-hand pane, and change the value to one of these: Disable Caching: 0 Cache Applications Only: 1 Cache Boot Files Only: 2 Cache Everything (default): 3 Clear out the \Windows\Prefetch folder and reboot. The next boot will be slower as Windows will have to re-cache everything. 9. Shrink pagefile. Start Menu -> Right-Click Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Settings (Performance) -> Advanced Tab -> Change -> Uncheck Automatically manage -> Customize -> Set to 1024 in both boxes (click set) -> OK -> Restart your computer. While unlikely, if programs crash try doubling to 2048. 10. (Optional) Disable System Restore. Obviously this limits you recovery options. Personally I've never had to use it. Start Menu -> Right-Click Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> System Protection Tab -> Configure -> Turn off system protection -> Delete -> OK Notes: When reinstalling on a SSD use HDDerase to "secure erase" the drive and then do a quick format to maintain/restore performance. If you're also running a conventional HDD paired with your SSD you'll want to keep the defrag service on manual. I'd recommend reading everyone's comments as well.