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Hello after finally getting teased and harassed by friend and co-workers about running windows xp I finally got a free windows 7 64 bit ultimate from a friend.

Anyways i apologize if its been asked before but here i go.

1) I remember people needed to remove a lot of bloat from vista to make it run smooth is it true this is not needed in windows 7? I usually removed stuff like:
-backup c drive because it takes up memory and i never use windows backup or turn back to another time bs.
-remove the thing that ask you permission to do anything ( you guys know what i am talking about lol.
-remove stuff i don't need from msconfig->startup ( by the way what the hell is groove monitor this one always bugs the hell out of me should i uncheck this also? what about stuff like adobe flash oes it need to load on startup to function on lash applications? last time i had almost everything unchecked except for my norton internet security(free also from friend who works at bestbuy).
-finally power management i always put performance.


is there anything I have missed out to make windows 7 run smooth/performance?

by the way windows aero, i enjoy the way it looks but people say it hogs graphic card and system is this still true? With my system or any high end pc do you guys personally notice drop in performance with this on? I tried using windows basic but it gives me ugly blue layout. Anyway to get this into a black color for borders on windows?

P.S- whats up with idiot proof huge icons on windows 7 it looks hilarious. I still don't see whats so special about it any features that i should know about?

any information on tweaking windows 7 for the retro xp lover is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 11
Here are two sites I highly recommend visiting and reading:

Black Viper's Website

Tweak Hound

They both provide an extensive set of parameters to adjust for optimal performance. On top of that, an excellent book to pick up if you can afford it is:

Windows 7 Inside Out

It may even be available at your local library (mine was).
    
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thank you very much for the links.

by the way is windows aero yay or nay?

does having it on really take a lot of resource or is that only for crappy or low end pc's?
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Originally Posted by KingAlkaiser;15347641 
thank you very much for the links.

by the way is windows aero yay or nay?

does having it on really take a lot of resource or is that only for crappy or low end pc's?

I feel it's personal preference for a lot of people. I notice such minor improvements with it off in certain situations that I only have it off when there is a compatibility issue (older/odd software).

I enjoy Aero personally and with a quad-core/4GB RAM/mid-range video card I don't feel it impacts performance at all. thumb.gif
    
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Ganja's links are excellent. I spoke to him many a time ago on Skype and learned a lot. Just gonna answer your questions (in bold) for clarity, anyway.

1) I remember people needed to remove a lot of bloat from vista to make it run smooth is it true this is not needed in windows 7?

Not really. This day & age most people that are using Windows 7 will have no issue running it right out of the box. There's not too much bloatware really that comes with it.

-remove stuff i don't need from msconfig->startup ( by the way what the hell is groove monitor this one always bugs the hell out of me should i uncheck this also?

There's a program I used for a long time (just reformatted so I can't remember the name) that works better than using msconfig to remove startup entries and such. Ganja knows, he originally told me. Groovemonitor is a service that's installed with Office that creates error reports to send to MS, it does so happen to be on startup. You can remove it from startup if you wish, or you can remove it as a whole. Uninstalling Office does not remove it, so you'd have to get rid of it in regedit by deleting the entry.

what about stuff like adobe flash oes it need to load on startup to function on lash applications? last time i had almost everything unchecked except for my norton internet security(free also from friend who works at bestbuy).

I honestly don't know. I've never taken Java and or Flash off of startup.
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E-Peen is talking about 'Autoruns'. It's an excellent tool for limiting startup behavior and programs that really don't need to run at startup.

You can remove the Adobe and Java stuff at startup - they will start when needed otherwise. I personally don't install Java for security risks. I run Chrome which runs it's own portion of Java without installing it outright.

Find Autoruns here.

Process Explorer is great as well for getting quick in-depth information into currently running processes, services and usage statistics.
    
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LOL hilarious the guys name is E-peen i thought you were making fun of him/her for a second.

Anyways thank you guys for info.
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Like others have said, there's not a lot needed to streamline windows 7 with today's hardware. I recommend:

1. Disable system restore
2. Move the user profile to a separate partition. It's best to do this first thing. It's definitely worth it. http://www.windows7hacker.com/index.php/2009/05/how-to-change-user-profile-default-location-in-windows-7/
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1) I remember people needed to remove a lot of bloat from vista to make it run smooth is it true this is not needed in windows 7? I usually removed stuff like:
-backup c drive because it takes up memory and i never use windows backup or turn back to another time bs.
-remove the thing that ask you permission to do anything ( you guys know what i am talking about lol.
-remove stuff i don't need from msconfig->startup ( by the way what the hell is groove monitor this one always bugs the hell out of me should i uncheck this also? what about stuff like adobe flash oes it need to load on startup to function on lash applications? last time i had almost everything unchecked except for my norton internet security(free also from friend who works at bestbuy).
-finally power management i always put performance.

Yeah thats fine. UAC is annoying still. Msconfig is great. CCleaner works for that too. I haven't used Autoruns much at all, I think it picks up more stuff. Adobe isn't flash, I think its actually adobe reader. And no, you don't need it on startup. It preloads adobe reader so it loads faster, I think.. and theres another one that checks for updates. Yup, performance mode is fine.
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is there anything I have missed out to make windows 7 run smooth/performance?
I would personally disable the Windows Search service. It has slowed me down before, quite noticeably (while indexing).
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by the way windows aero, i enjoy the way it looks but people say it hogs graphic card and system is this still true? With my system or any high end pc do you guys personally notice drop in performance with this on? I tried using windows basic but it gives me ugly blue layout. Anyway to get this into a black color for borders on windows?
I don't know how to get black borders. Windows Aero is fine for your graphics card in my opinion, you don't need to disable the transparent glass.
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P.S- whats up with idiot proof huge icons on windows 7 it looks hilarious. I still don't see whats so special about it any features that i should know about?
Pretty sure you can resize those, are you talking about the desktop? Ctrl+Scroll wheel
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any information on tweaking windows 7 for the retro xp lover is greatly appreciated.
Retro xp? You could disable the Themes service.. that makes it look kind of like xp.. but personally I wouldn't do it. I love using the (windows key+arrows) feature, and it just looks really sleek compared to xp. Your computer though!
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thank you guys for all the info it has helped me a ton. Windows 7 feels comfortable now.
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