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Alright, I need to make this computer as fast as possible when booting up, and I want it to use as little resources as possible.

I've already cut out everything non-essential from startup using msconfig, but I don't really have a clue where to begin with services and other things.

Could anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks
post #2 of 14
BlackViper's site is a good place to start on win7 services.

http://www.blackviper.com/
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Thanks, I'm going through that now. I'll let you know how I get on
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yea, blackviper is a really good tutorial.
I went through it on my netbook and it made it noticeably quicker and load windows faster.
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I just changed a ton of services to either manual or disabled, it doesn't seem to have done much to the startup time but I think RAM usage is a bit lower.

Thanks
post #6 of 14
Yeah, startup time is heavily linked to disk speed. Grab "Autoruns", you might find some more garbage in there you can disable.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb963902
Edited by Darren9 - 12/18/10 at 7:48am
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Will do.

I want an SSD
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Autoruns is a great tool. Consider your antivirus too. Some are pretty demanding. I'm loving Avast these days.

CCleaner works pretty good, you'll want to enable some of the additional options, including deleting prefetch data. Then defrag the drive.
    
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Yeah, I use Avast as well, I like it a lot

I forgot about CCleaner, I'll install that now as well.
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Do NOT use programs or anything other method to clear prefetch data.

Quote:
Bottom line: You will not improve Windows performance by cleaning out the Prefetch folder. You will, in fact, degrade Windows performance by cleaning out the Prefetch folder. I’ve done performance testing that establishes this definitively. In all the many sites that offer this bogus tip, I have yet to see a single piece of actual performance testing.
http://www.edbott.com/weblog/2005/06...efetch-folder/

That BlackViper website isn't very clued up, either. Disabling some of those processes will just make them take longer when you actually need them. For isntance, it says you can disable the activeX installer. Which is fine until you need to install an activeX feature and then the system has to start that process before it can begin, wherein it usually expects it to be running.

The only processes I can see that you could safely disable is the tablet PC process and only if you plan to never use a graphics tablet.

You can spend hours trying to shave 7 seconds off your boot time or you could save money for an SSD and actually see the improvement.

EDIT:

And yeah, I've got my flame suit on. I know there's this massive misconception that if you disable loads of stuff your PC somehow magically becomes faster, but it's all false. However, some people feel the need to say "I tweaked this system" but what they mean is "I just can't leave things alone"
    
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