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Ok so I have an Asus 1001PXD Netbook and as of right now I'm running Windows 8 Developer build but I'm going back to Windows 7 Home Premium. I have 1GB of RAM(I'll be upgrading to 2 in the coming week)

What I would like to know is what I can do within Windows 7 Home Premium to fully optimize it's performance.

Plans to do this:

- set VSSadmin lower
- Set pagefile to 3GB's
- Disable some visual effects(enough to keep the basic visual appearance of Windows 7(Aero)

As far as anything else I'm not sure as to what else I can do.

What I plan on doing is Playing:
- StarCraft Anthology (StarCraft + Brood War)
- Diablo 2 (Diablo 2 + Lords of Destruction)
- WarCraft III (Reign of Chaos + Frozen Throne)
- Some minor other games

Programs I'll be running
- Possibly Visual Studio(School)
- Microsoft Office 2010(School)
- Adobe CS5 Master Collection(School)
- LogMeIn(Tech Account)
- Minor other school related things

Suggestions are more then welcome.
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Try SmartRAM or Minimem...? O_o

Those things will only help utilize what little RAM you have though...
Not actually cut down on it.

Sorry for the lack of helpfulness.
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Originally Posted by Ryleh;15506126 
Try SmartRAM or Minimem...? O_o

Those things will only help utilize what little RAM you have though...
Not actually cut down on it.

Sorry for the lack of helpfulness.

it's something to look into, some help is better then nothing smile.gif
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Gamebooster reduces CPU cycles and lowers RAM for gaming. It also has a gaming tweak setting if you buy the program but it might not be much of anything.
    
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Yikes win7 on that. Well quite honestly, I'd install XP instead if I were you. That little Atom is going to get overworked with all that stuff. And warcraft III on that, I'd imagine would be unplayable.

I have a similar Acer netbook, and there's no way in hell I'd put anything other XP on it.
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Given the overwhelming volume of replies to any thread here at Overclock, I've just about given up on offering assistance; looks like this one has fallen on deaf ears though, and given that it's my bread-and-butter...I'll jump in. wink.gif

First off, I can say from experience that Win7 runs perfectly well on that little 'ol 6.5w TDP Atom, and anyone who says otherwise is either misinformed, or unskilled in their ability to optimize a system properly.

1. I've yet to see anyone manually outperform the automatic paging file management.
2. I assume by "set VSSadmin lower", you're talking about reducing the disk space allocated to system restore? If so, that's certainly a good approach; with a quick change, I was able to get back over 50% of a friends netbook HDD space with a few clicks of the mouse.

Keep in mind though that regardless of what's done, you're still limited by the actual hardware - kind of like that guy that drops at least a few thousand into a small engined car, and yet is still dispatched by a large engined stock model.

As it stands, you're going to be held back quite a bit by that 1GB of RAM and 5400RPM drive; if you want to see optimum performance, you should make upgrades immediately.

Utility wise, all you need is CCleaner (clean system/registry, disable startup programs) and Auslogics Disk Defrag (neat function that "optimizes" drive, placing system files at the beginning for higher performance) - the Black Viper website (http://www.blackviper.com/) will provide you with a list of optimum service configurations.

P.S. - Just so you know where I'm coming from, here is my 5+ yr. old Dell E1505 running Win7 with a Scorpio Black:

v72qU.png
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jlells01;15506862 
Given the overwhelming volume of replies to any thread here at Overclock, I've just about given up on offering assistance; looks like this one has fallen on deaf ears though, and given that it's my bread-and-butter...I'll jump in. wink.gif

First off, I can say from experience that Win7 runs perfectly well on that little 'ol 6.5w TDP Atom, and anyone who says otherwise is either misinformed, or unskilled in their ability to optimize a system properly.

1. I've yet to see anyone manually outperform the automatic paging file management.
2. I assume by "set VSSadmin lower", you're talking about reducing the disk space allocated to system restore? If so, that's certainly a good approach; with a quick change, I was able to get back over 50% of a friends netbook HDD space with a few clicks of the mouse.

Keep in mind though that regardless of what's done, you're still limited by the actual hardware - kind of like that guy that drops at least a few thousand into a small engined car, and yet is still dispatched by a large engined stock model.

As it stands, you're going to be held back quite a bit by that 1GB of RAM and 5400RPM drive; if you want to see optimum performance, you should make upgrades immediately.

Utility wise, all you need is CCleaner (clean system/registry, disable startup programs) and Auslogics Disk Defrag (neat function that "optimizes" drive, placing system files at the beginning for higher performance) - the Black Viper website (http://www.blackviper.com/) will provide you with a list of optimum service configurations.
A little contradictory there arent we? Runs perfectly well, yet he should upgrade his $300 netbook with $100 worth of parts? rolleyes.gif
1GB of RAM is insufficient for win 7 IMO, especially if its 64 bit. System processes alone will use up all his RAM.
XP on the other hand was designed to run with a lot less RAM. No matter what you think you can do with win7, it'll never be as streamlined and use as little resources as XP. Not to mention in XP you don't have to have to shut down a bunch of services to "optimize" it. However if you do, it'll be that much faster than 7.


Regardless, OP if you need some DDR 3 SO-DIMM's, I'm selling a 2 x 2GB KIT for $25. Link in sig.
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Interpretation error...
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Originally Posted by BlackOmega;15508255 
A little contradictory there arent we?

Win7 runs (when setup correctly), as I said, "perfectly well" on an Atom netbook.

For "optimum performance" (i.e. - best performance), upgrades are needed.
Edited by jlells01 - 10/30/11 at 7:28am
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Originally Posted by jlells01;15508392 
Interpretation error...



Win7 runs (when setup correctly), as I said, "perfectly well" on an Atom netbook.

For "optimum performance" (i.e. - best performance), upgrades are needed.

Poor conveyance of what you were trying to say. I don't misinterpret. I scored 100% on my college entrance exam in reading comprehension thanks.

What I said still stands, if it ran PERFECTLY well, then he wouldn't need to upgrade AT ALL since it runs PERFECTLY. The fact of the matter is, it does NOT run PERFECTLY well. It just runs.
Edited by BlackOmega - 10/30/11 at 8:50am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jlells01;15506862 
Given the overwhelming volume of replies to any thread here at Overclock, I've just about given up on offering assistance; looks like this one has fallen on deaf ears though, and given that it's my bread-and-butter...I'll jump in. wink.gif

First off, I can say from experience that Win7 runs perfectly well on that little 'ol 6.5w TDP Atom, and anyone who says otherwise is either misinformed, or unskilled in their ability to optimize a system properly.

1. I've yet to see anyone manually outperform the automatic paging file management.
2. I assume by "set VSSadmin lower", you're talking about reducing the disk space allocated to system restore? If so, that's certainly a good approach; with a quick change, I was able to get back over 50% of a friends netbook HDD space with a few clicks of the mouse.

Keep in mind though that regardless of what's done, you're still limited by the actual hardware - kind of like that guy that drops at least a few thousand into a small engined car, and yet is still dispatched by a large engined stock model.

As it stands, you're going to be held back quite a bit by that 1GB of RAM and 5400RPM drive; if you want to see optimum performance, you should make upgrades immediately.

Utility wise, all you need is CCleaner (clean system/registry, disable startup programs) and Auslogics Disk Defrag (neat function that "optimizes" drive, placing system files at the beginning for higher performance) - the Black Viper website (http://www.blackviper.com/) will provide you with a list of optimum service configurations.

P.S. - Just so you know where I'm coming from, here is my 5+ yr. old Dell E1505 running Win7 with a Scorpio Black:

http://i.imgur.com/v72qU.png

See i use to use Auslogis disk defrag, but Ive switched to Defraggler. ive seen the way both of them work, and i have to say defraggler really does a better job. Auslogis would only ever defragment certain files. Defraggler will defragment your whole drive, and put EVERYTHING as close to the beginning of the volume as possible biggrin.gif
I do however use Auslogis Registry cleaner, it usually finds WAY more than CCleaner......
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