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The Definitive Solution :: Tweaking Windows Vista

Poll Results: Is this a good idea, or will some noob brick his PC?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 27% (13)
    Yes, great idea :: Don't cut anything
  • 10% (5)
    Yes, but with restrictions on information for things like regedit or gpedit
  • 27% (13)
    Someone will always brick their PC by not following the directions
  • 34% (16)
    Who cares if some noob bricks his PC?
47 Total Votes  
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nice. Don't forget to change the appearance settings and stuff to not be graphically intensive, if you're really into shaving off the dumb things.
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nice. Don't forget to change the appearance settings and stuff to not be graphically intensive, if you're really into shaving off the dumb things.
Hey, I am getting there :-) ... going to cover : msconfig, services.msc, regedit ** huge ** >> even setting MTU/RWIN, changing all of the OEM information (including using your own image instead of the original OEM logo) page file, how to hack the "performance rating index", tuning SuperFetch/indexing services, IICS, management tools/reading and understanding system logs and deleting them, customizing IE information, dislodging Messenger (which is a real **** of a ten step complicated process), visual appearance (via system), dcomconfg, gpedit (for Ultimate users), components, frameworking, environment variables, recovery and Volume Shadow Service, advanced monitoring tools built-in to Vista, ReadyBoost, Task Manager > setting priorities & affinities (affinities on multi-core) > load balancing > taking control/ownership of a file, changing "vista-locked" read/write settings, recovery and start up repair, mini-dump and kernel release/tuning, restacking winsock, changing system restore max file size, tweaking with cmd prompt, tweaking with RUN command, etc.... anything I missed, other than the obvious (keep antivirus up to date, yada yada)? Will not teach you how to uncap your modem... too risky if you don't know what you are doing; at least messing up regedit causes crash... messing up uncapping causes prison.
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Hey, I am getting there :-) ... going to cover : msconfig, services.msc, regedit ** huge ** >> even setting MTU/RWIN, changing all of the OEM information (including using your own image instead of the original OEM logo) page file, how to hack the "performance rating index", tuning SuperFetch/indexing services, IICS, management tools/reading and understanding system logs and deleting them, customizing IE information, dislodging Messenger (which is a real **** of a ten step complicated process), visual appearance (via system), dcomconfg, gpedit (for Ultimate users), components, frameworking, environment variables, recovery and Volume Shadow Service, advanced monitoring tools built-in to Vista, ReadyBoost, Task Manager > setting priorities & affinities (affinities on multi-core) > load balancing > taking control/ownership of a file, changing "vista-locked" read/write settings, recovery and start up repair, mini-dump and kernel release/tuning, restacking winsock, changing system restore max file size, tweaking with cmd prompt, tweaking with RUN command, etc.... anything I missed, other than the obvious (keep antivirus up to date, yada yada)?

I figured. Everything looks great! I'm sure you covered it and it's one of the sub-items of one of the thingsl isted above, but what about enabling advanced performance on the hard drive? ALthough I'm not sure how OPEN it makes the data to being ruined, I havn't done it because of my tendency to overclock and blue screen so much. THat's all I can think of though, you seem to definitely have everything covered! I can't wait to see!
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... going to cover : msconfig, services.msc, regedit ** huge ** >> even setting MTU/RWIN, changing all of the OEM information (including using your own image instead of the original OEM logo) page file, how to hack the "performance rating index", tuning SuperFetch/indexing services, IICS, management tools/reading and understanding system logs and deleting them, customizing IE information, dislodging Messenger (which is a real **** of a ten step complicated process), visual appearance (via system), dcomconfg, gpedit (for Ultimate users), components, frameworking, environment variables, recovery and Volume Shadow Service, advanced monitoring tools built-in to Vista, ReadyBoost, Task Manager > setting priorities & affinities (affinities on multi-core) > load balancing > taking control/ownership of a file, changing "vista-locked" read/write settings, recovery and start up repair, mini-dump and kernel release/tuning, restacking winsock, changing system restore max file size, tweaking with cmd prompt, tweaking with RUN command, etc.... anything I missed, other than the obvious (keep antivirus up to date, yada yada)? Will not teach you how to uncap your modem... too risky if you don't know what you are doing; at least messing up regedit causes crash... messing up uncapping causes prison.
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post #6 of 35
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I figured. Everything looks great! I'm sure you covered it and it's one of the sub-items of one of the thingsl isted above, but what about enabling advanced performance on the hard drive? ALthough I'm not sure how OPEN it makes the data to being ruined, I havn't done it because of my tendency to overclock and blue screen so much. THat's all I can think of though, you seem to definitely have everything covered! I can't wait to see!

DEVICE MANAGER! how could I forget... have to cover that too. For those who want to know: press start, start typing "device" until you see it, right click and select "run as admin". Find your HD, right click > Properties > Policies > and check "enable advanced disk performance". Works with SATA only, use only if one of the following apply to you : A, you have a laptop with a good battery or B, you have a UPS device (battery backup) in case of power outage. Rarely, enabling advanced disk caching results in hd corruption if subjected to sudden, sharp electrical disconnection. With a UPS device, no risk. It evens says that under the check box. If you have a decent PSU, you have nothing to worry about even without battery backup, but why risk it? You can do this to removable media too, but must use "safely remove hardware" before pulling it. Avg. increase on 500GB 7200RPM SATA is about 13% in R/W speed, so worth it! See also the section on your Page File when I get to it. Do it to the device with your ReadyBoost cache if you have one... you won't be pulling it anyways. Will elaborate further when I get to those sections.
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DEVICE MANAGER! how could I forget... have to cover that too. For those who want to know: press start, start typing "device" until you see it, right click and select "run as admin". Find your HD, right click > Properties > Policies > and check "enable advanced disk performance". Works with SATA only, use only if one of the following apply to you : A, you have a laptop with a good battery or B, you have a UPS device (battery backup) in case of power outage. Rarely, enabling advanced disk caching results in hd corruption if subjected to sudden, sharp electrical disconnection. With a UPS device, no risk. It evens says that under the check box. If you have a decent PSU, you have nothing to worry about even without battery backup, but why risk it? You can do this to removable media too, but must use "safely remove hardware" before pulling it. Avg. increase on 500GB 7200RPM SATA is about 13% in R/W speed, so worth it! See also the section on your Page File when I get to it. Do it to the device with your ReadyBoost cache if you have one... you won't be pulling it anyways. Will elaborate further when I get to those sections.

AWESOME! Glad I managed to pull that one out then. I have been considering getting a UPS anyways, so I guess it's a go!
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See my other Definitive Solutions! >>>
**One about Explorer.exe and what I call the "death loop" of crashing, restarting... also IEXPLORE & IEUSER crashing issues HERE
**One about doing a clean install of Vista with only an upgrade disk HERE
**The rig that will one day claim the OCN leaderboard, and the progress HERE **
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Services.msc under review ||||| Three hours till close <bump>

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post #10 of 35
Well tweaking vista isn't as bad as overclocking could be. If you mess up really bad you can always reformat.

But if you OC your CPU and don't know whats going on then you can really hurt or burn out something and that you will have to pay for with cold hard $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    
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