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Old 03-09-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Delete the default background image and replace it with just a solid blue- like Windows 2003. To do so, right click My Computer, choose Advanced>Visual Effects, then select "Adjust" for best performance.
Right, but it will not change anything on newer PCs. On older Computers, only "Menu Shadows" and "Fade in effects" should get disabled. The rest, like showing the window content while dragging them, is no hard work for a pc. Plus nothing of this tip will speed up your gaming, see tip below.
Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Disable ANY extra, third party applications that are not necessary for game play; such as applications that appear in your task bar (icons to the bottom left). You may also be running hidden applications; applications that do not appear anywhere on your screen, but have processes running in the Task Manager. Every unnecessary process cannot be listed- but if you see any unfamiliar ones, you may "End their Process" (use at your own risk)
A good idea. You should do this always. Also use msconfig for disabling their startup. Useless things i collected since a week are (prob. German names): Ati Hotkey Poller, ATI Smart, BrSplService, Machine Debug Manager, Microsoft Office Diagnostics Service, Office Source Engine, VMWare Agent Service, Messenger Sharing Folders[...], VMWare DHCP Serivce, VMWare NAT Service, TuneUp Program Statistics Service, Windows CardSpace, Windows Media Player-Network Sharing Service at Services and CLIStart, logonstudio, NeroCheck, Reader_SL, RUNDLL32, winampa as a small extract from Startup.
Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Scroll to the bottom and check the last one “use visual styles on windows and buttons”.
Sure, the computer has less work when disabling Visual Styles, but when youre playing a game, these wont get calculated anyways... boost the system with this? Fail.

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
How to disable XP's -crud- built in CD Burner

Click the start button.
Select Run.
Type services.msc and click ok.
Go to IMAPI CD-Burning Com Services open it and click on start up type, change to "Disabled".
I hate that feature. But it wont affect system performance disabling this when you wont use it anyways.

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management

1.DisablePagingExecutive -double click it and in the decimal put a 1 - this allows XP to keep data in memory now instead of paging sections of ram to hard drive yields faster performance.

2.LargeSystemCache- double click it and change the decimal to 1 -this allows XP kernel to Run in memory and improves system performance a lot.

3.Create a new dword and name it IOPageLockLimit - double click it and set the value in hex - 4000 if you have 128MB of ram or set it to 10000 if you have 256MB set it to 40000 if you have more than 512MB of ram -this tweak will speed up your disk cache.

Freaking around with XPs Memory Management sounds good, but affects nothing. Except PCs which are older than 5 years. But who is using 5 year old PCs for gaming?

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Tweak The Swap File

For Users with 256 MB RAM or more this tweak will boost their Windows- and Game-Performance.
What it does: It tells Windows not to use any Swap File until there is really no more free RAM left.

Open the System Configuration Utility by typing msconfig.exe in the RUN command. There in your System.ini you have to add "ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1" under the 386enh section.

Restart your Windows and enjoy better Game performance
A joke as said before.

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Disable Services

XP Pro runs a lot of services by default that are pointless if your not on a corporate network, the following services are ones that I safely disable thereby freeing up memory but check what each one does first to make sure your not using it for something:

Go to Run and type services.msc, right click on each service, properties and choose disable.

Application Layer Gateway Service,
Application Management
Automatic Updates
Background Intelligent Transfer
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Distributed Transaction Coordinater
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatibility
IMAPI CD-Burning
Indexing Service
IPSEC Services
Net Logon
Net Meeting
Remote Desktop Sharing
Network DDE
Network DDE DSDM
Portable Media Serial Number
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Secondary Logon
SSDP Discovery Service
Telnet Themes
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Wireless Zero Configuration
WMI Performance Adaptor
As said above, this is a good idea. But about 50% of the services listed here will not slow down the system (Telnet is the biggest joke).

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Speed Up The File System

NTFS is a great file system, but its feature-set comes at a slight cost in performance. You can negate this a little with the following tips:

* By default NTFS will automatically update timestamps whenever a directory is traversed. This isn't a necessary feature, and it slows down large volumes. Disable it by going to Run and type regedit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem and set 'DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate' to 1.

* NTFS uses disparate master file control tables to store filesystem information about your drives. Over time these core MFT files grow and become fragmented, slowing down all accesses to the drive. By setting aside a little space, MFT's can grow without becoming fragmented.

In the same key where you disabled the last access feature create a new DWORD value called 'NtfsMftZoneReservation' and set it to 2.
Congrats, you just found the way through your registry to some dull entries. If they are set to this or that, they will not speed up anything.

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Disable DLL Caching

Windows Explorer caches DLLs (Dynamic-Link Libraries) in memory for a period of time after the application using them has been closed. This can be an inefficient use of memory.

1. Find the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer].

2. Create a new DWORD sub-key named 'AlwaysUnloadDLL' and set the default value to equal '1' to disable Windows caching the DLL in memory.

3. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.
Windows XP SP2 or above, this will not affect anything anymore. If a DLL needs to get unloaded, it WILL get unloaded.

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
Tweak The Prefetch

1. Run "Regedit"
2. Goto [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters\EnablePrefetcher]

3. Set the value to either 0-Disable, 1-App launch prefetch, 2-Boot Prefetch, 3-Both ("3" is recommended).

4. Reboot.

It will decrease the boot time but double and increase the performance of your XP.
Finally something 100% correct.

Originally Posted by yxin1 View Post
speedup Your Connection By 20% (Cable Users Only)

1.Log on as "Administrator".
2. Run - gpedit.msc
3. Expand the "Local Computer Policy" branch.
4. Then expand the "Administrative Templates" branch.
5. Expand the "Network" branch.
6. Highlight the "QoS Packet Scheduler" in left pane.
7. In the right window pane double-click the "Limit Reservable Bandwidth" setting.
8. On the settings tab check the "Enabled" item.
9. Change "Bandwidth limit %" to read 0.
10. Then go to your Network connections Start=>Control Panel>Network & Internet connections>Network Connections and right-click on your connection. Then under the General or the Networking tab, (where it lists your protocols) make sure QoS packet scheduler is enabled.

It may take effect immediately on some systems. To be sure, just re-boot.
Also good idea.

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