Sorry, but you're not going to get much out of five-year-old hardware. Really the only things you can do is install 7 and update your GPU driver. --- Rumble Roses. Someone enters the room. Them: O_O Me: What?! I always play games without my pants on!- Inmate 922335
All these programs do is shut down non essential processes running in the background. They aren't a magic solution to substantially increase your performance, they're really just snake oil. That said, give Razer Game Booster a try.
This. Really the best thing you can do for free is re-install your OS, update all your drivers (motherboard, GPU, direct X and such) all to their latest compatible versions so everything is nice and optimized without other clutter programs running.
I was going to say that the only way your going to see any real noticeable performance upgrades is to throw just 80-100$ on a HD77#0 into there or something, but it looks like that is probably a laptop so... oh well. --- I think I'm the only person on gamefaqs with a daughterboard - ToastyOne New with a moderation history more plentiful than karma. - Fossil (Moderator)
Prevent 3rd party programs like iTunes and Steam from starting at boot.
DiY, you should be running 40-45 processes after it warms up including antivirus.
I wouldn't bother with game booster, I would find a program to OC the VRAM [find a old topic on OCing that card] I had a 8600m GT [2 in sli], I could OC the memory from the stock 700MHz to 800MHz, but that doesn't mean you can use those numbers with certainty. Driver optimizations eventually gave me all the performance OCing the GPU processor itself did, so there is little point in OCing it. Adding 10-25MHz probably won't hurt, but it won't do much either.
Old DOX drivers provided some help as well. I think this was the one I used:
http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/24003-forceware-18585/ --- ASUS G73jh i7 720/Mobility HD 5870/6GB DDR3 1404MHz/Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid HDD