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I won an Intel SSD at a gaming tournament sponsored by Intel. I am trying to figure out how to improve my boot times. I am running in AHCI mode right now. My step-dad did a couple things in the past which made my windows boot long before the flag even came together. I do not remember what he had done. I do have the latest firmware on the drive and nothing on startup. Anything else people can recommend to improve these boot times?
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For SSD specific tweaks, you can take a look at this thread:

It's a pretty good guide, with lots of visuals. It's also got some general Windows 7 tips, and information on creating a RAM disk.


As for the pagefile, I would make it a small, fixed size - and leave it on the SSD (if you're looking for speed/performance). The main reasons a lot of guides say to disable/move the pagefile are because of concerns with using drive write cycles - but that really shouldn't be an issue.

As explained by Microsoft:

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I did a lot of tweaks found here and mine is smoking fast!
    
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This guide from Corsair is excellent
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I see they're still recommending disabling Aero and other visual effects. I'm not going to do that, but do they seriously make a difference nowadays?

The one I can understand is the window animation. By design, that slows down the minimizing/maximizing a little so that you can see the animation. But are things like shadows under the cursor and windows really going to noticeably affect speed?
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I see they're still recommending disabling Aero and other visual effects. I'm not going to do that, but do they seriously make a difference nowadays?

The one I can understand is the window animation. By design, that slows down the minimizing/maximizing a little so that you can see the animation. But are things like shadows under the cursor and windows really going to noticeably affect speed?

Well, it won't noticeably affect the speed, but it will affect it. I don't see how it is a viable option to do so... I wouldn't sacrifice the nice effects for a 0.1% gain in performance.
    
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I followed a few tweaks in that guide after installing the drives (turned on write back caching, installed latest Intel RST drivers, disabled hibernation, turned off indexing, defrag services, let it do garbage collection overnight) and today their wicked fast.

The most noticeable improvement over my raptors is in installing apps. Games load faster. App switching is near instant and boot up/shutdown times are very quick. Add to that less noise & heat, as well as no need for 'windows maintanace' and u got one very happy camper smile.gif
Edited by Nonchalant - 3/14/11 at 5:02am
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Why dont you try using ram cache. That would give almost 10x disk performance. Got it from this speed up ssd tweaks guide. Hope that would add fuel to the ssd. smile.gif
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