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post #11 of 18
It's essentially creating a smaller partition on a hard drive (when it's fresh, however, so you'd need to delete everything). The first partition on a hard drive will always be on the outer edges, which makes reads much faster. It'll probably be somewhat negligible on a 160GB hard drive, however. You'd want to do it on the 500GB drive, to be honest.

My suggestion would to just format with AHCI enabled in BIOS. I got a slight performance boost, but it wasn't anything super-amazing. A format will help you get everything in shape, however. An old laptop felt pretty snappy after formatting it.
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Start Menu > run/search box > msconfig > Boot > Advanced Options > Number of processors = 4

Should use 4 cores to boot. Up to you to see if it makes a difference or not tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SgtMunky;15343977 
Start Menu > run/search box > msconfig > Boot > Advanced Options > Number of processors = 4

Should use 4 cores to boot. Up to you to see if it makes a difference or not tongue.gif

It should use the maximum number unless you specify less. That setting is more for limiting cores for legacy systems, not increasing them.
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post #14 of 18
If you don't search for files alot, disabling the Windows Search service may make your computer feel snappier. In my experience, while indexing is running it can feel noticeably slower.
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post #15 of 18
It seems you did a lot of this already but just double check you throughly did the ones you don't need. Don't do the SSD tweaks

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?63273-*-Windows-7-Ultimate-Tweaks-amp-Utilities-*
post #16 of 18
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Thanks for the tips guys. I use the search function a lot so I like to keep the search indexer on. I also want the Aero features so I keep that on too.

Seems like a format is the only way to definitely speed up my boot times, but it's quite a pain to do so as I've got a lot of programs and settings that I've configured already that it'd be very time-consuming to have a fresh install. If I can't be satisfied with my current boot times though, I might just give it a try.

Just to throw it in the discussion, what do you think of the program Autoruns? Downloaded it and it did show a hell lot of startup items for my system, way more than msconfig shows. I reckon disabling a few might speed up boot times?
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post #17 of 18
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It should use the maximum number unless you specify less. That setting is more for limiting cores for legacy systems, not increasing them.

Not so sure on this. When I built my sig it was only booting off of 1 core. Took forever to boot even after fresh build and install. Sped up massively when I changed it to 6.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tadaen Sylvermane;15359631 
Not so sure on this. When I built my sig it was only booting off of 1 core. Took forever to boot even after fresh build and install. Sped up massively when I changed it to 6.

Yeah, it gets suggested quite often. Here are a couple good articles on it:
http://www.withinwindows.com/2008/08/09/tweaking-myth-increase-boot-performance-for-multi-core-users-with-msconfig/
http://blog.tune-up.com/myth-buster/can-a-secret-cpu-setting-really-improve-boot-up-time/
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