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Do NOT use programs or anything other method to clear prefetch data.



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.

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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"
I didn't delete any prefetch data, and I don't plan on deleting any either.

I kind of thought that with some of the processes. It will make the PC start up faster because the processes won't be automatically running, but then when you actually want to use them they will have to start up, slowing things down at that point.

At the moment, there are other things I want for my PC more than an SSD. One day I will get one, I'm sure. I just thought there might be some little things I could do to improve the boot time and the amount of RAM being used.

And no, I never believed that it would become magically faster. I mainly thought about doing this because I realised that I was using a load of RAM at idle.

And yeah, I can't leave things alone. If I could, I probably would never have joined OCN.
Edited by Ellis - 12/18/10 at 8:53am
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That BlackViper website isn't very clued up, either.
Understatement of the year =)
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I didn't delete any prefetch data, and I don't plan on deleting any either.

I kind of thought that with some of the processes. It will make the PC start up faster because the processes won't be automatically running, but then when you actually want to use them they will have to start up, slowing things down at that point.

At the moment, there are other things I want for my PC more than an SSD. One day I will get one, I'm sure. I just thought there might be some little things I could do to improve the boot time and the amount of RAM being used.

And no, I never believed that it would become magically faster. I mainly thought about doing this because I realised that I was using a load of RAM at idle.

And yeah, I can't leave things alone. If I could, I probably would never have joined OCN.
Well, a PC like yours is very decent enough. I upgraded from something similar about a year ago and I only did so because I had money I had to spend (long story).

Sorry about the deleting prefetch thing, but there was another thread the same day where someone was doing this. I may have gotten confused about which thread I was posting in.

Another thing you could do is disable any unneeded devices in your BIOS. For instance, I don't use IDE at all, so I disabled it in the BIOS and that actually shaved a fair few seconds off my boot times. If I didn't have a RAID array set up it'd be even less!

Also, you have to understand that unused RAM is wasted RAM? If you have a PC that never uses more than 2GB, then buying anything more than 2GB is a waste. My PC won't slow down until I'm using around 90% of my RAM. Which is very rare. Games don't slowdown at all when I use that much. Trying to use as little RAM as possible was necessary on Windows XP machines with 1GB or less, but on your machine it's not needed Your PC is good enough to handle itself!
    
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Well, a PC like yours is very decent enough. I upgraded from something similar about a year ago and I only did so because I had money I had to spend (long story).

Sorry about the deleting prefetch thing, but there was another thread the same day where someone was doing this. I may have gotten confused about which thread I was posting in.

Another thing you could do is disable any unneeded devices in your BIOS. For instance, I don't use IDE at all, so I disabled it in the BIOS and that actually shaved a fair few seconds off my boot times. If I didn't have a RAID array set up it'd be even less!

Also, you have to understand that unused RAM is wasted RAM? If you have a PC that never uses more than 2GB, then buying anything more than 2GB is a waste. My PC won't slow down until I'm using around 90% of my RAM. Which is very rare. Games don't slowdown at all when I use that much. Trying to use as little RAM as possible was necessary on Windows XP machines with 1GB or less, but on your machine it's not needed Your PC is good enough to handle itself!
I was just thinking this when I was running Ubuntu in VMware the other day and eating up 3.9GB, and then I realised that the VM was only set to use 2GB, so that's why I wanted the rest of my PC to use as little as possible

I don't think there's anything enabled in my BIOS which I don't have, although I'll check that next time I remember to.

As for the prefetch thing, somebody told me to check that option earlier in this thread, so that's where your response came from I think
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