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Windows XP Tweaks

Jam Man

I found these Tweaks for Windows XP for DAW configuration. Have not tried it yet but thought I would post it as an FYI....
Please read all of the following before attempting to change any settings in Windows XP. We are not responsible for any thing that may render your computer system unusable. We provide this information as suggestions to increase performance and get the best user experience possible. For your convienece, we have provided links to sections on this web page.
Installing Windows XP
FAT 32 vs NTFS
Turning of Windows Messenger
Switching to Classic Mode
Optimizing the Start Menu
Optimizing Computer Properties
Modifying Windows XP services
Modifying the Registry
Other Windows XP tweaks
Installing Windows XP
When you see the installation tell you to
press F6(Third Party SCSI or RAID Drivers)
press F5 instead. You will see Press F2 for Automated System Recovery(DONT press F2)
Right after that you will see a list
Press the UP arrow key to highlight Standard PC
Hit Enter..
Hit Enter to Continue
Hit F8 saying you agree.
Now, if this is an existing OS of say Win2k or a previous install of XP you will see options for
Esc=Don't Repair; R=Repair F3 to Quit
Well, we're doing a fresh install so we want to hit Esc for Dont Repair
Now, you'll see your drives and partitions here..
If you have Two "physical" drives it will show you these drives as C and D
Highlite C Drive
If you had an existing Install from any other OS press D for Delete Partition.
Press Enter to Continue
Press L for Delete
Now, we're back at the drive selection screen again and this time we see Unpartioned space..
We're ready to create a partition.
Typically you want to the OS drive to be as small as possible for drive reading purposes.
Reccomended OS and Application drive should be around 12GB tops.
If you have a 20GB drive partition it into two parts..
the first part being 10,000MB and the remaining to the
Second partition(comes to around 9500MB)...Which can be used for extra storage
Once the drive is partitioned and the main Parition is highlited press Enter to Install
Now we have to decide what File System do we use...NTFS or FAT32
FAT32 vs. NTFS
You have the option under W2k and XP to choose the file system that best suits your needs, FAT or NTFS. FAT (File Allocation Table) is the native file system based on the Windows 9x kernel (including 95, 95a, 95b, 95c, 98, 98se and ME). NTFS (New Technology File System) is the native file system for operating systems based on the Windows NT kernel (including NT4, 2000 and XP). During the installation, Win2K or XP will ask if you want to convert the installation partition to NTFS. If you need compatibility for Windows 98 – especially if you want to dual-boot – don't convert.
While NTFS offers a number of improvements over FAT32, most of these advantages are not all that applicable to audio, and you are unlikely to see a major performance difference between the two. Moreover, defragmenting your drives (something you should do on a regular basis anyway) is substantially quicker in FAT32. Be aware that Windows 9x cannot read data on NTFS-formatted drives. Generally speaking, you should use FAT32 if you are doing a parallel installation with Windows 9x/ME, or if you will need to work with files created with a FAT32 system (opening old song files, working with others using FAT32-based systems, etc.) leave everything with FAT32.
One exception would be if you’ll be working with video or other large files in excess of 4GB; or if you also use your PC to browse the internet or the computer is part of a LAN running XP Professional. Only NTFS can limit access rights to your files and therefore provide the security needed for a networked computer. In this case, select NTFS for all partitions except those which are to accommodate your audio data later.
One other interesting point: NTFS can read the "resource fork" of SDII files from MacOS, and can therefore recognize the timecode stamps used in these files; FAT(32) can’t do this. If you do a lot of work with ProTools or other MacOS-based DAW applications, you should consider at least one NTFS partition in your system. (Note that this does not imply that your NTFS-based system can mount/read from a MacOS drive; simply that individual SDII files imported to an NTFS drive will retain their time-stamp information.)
Windows will begin it's file copying, once it's done it will restart your machine.
It's a good idea from here to enter into the BIOS to stop the CDRom from being the
first boot device Set the Hard Drive as the main boot. Exit out and restart to begin the XP
installation Enter your Name and Orginzation(If Applicable..you can leave it blank)
Enter your Windows Key
Name your computer!
Hit Next
Continue Installation
If you have a NIC card it will ask you what type of Installation do you want to choose
Typical or Custom
Do Typical for faster install
Ok. so now we have a fresh install of Windows XP.
When XP starts up everytime you get that anoying Take the XP Tour pop up...
click on it to open the tour..once in the tour simply exit out and it wont open up anymore.
Turning of Windows Messenger from start up
Double click on the Messenger icon in the system tray to open it. Skip thru the internet and sign up stuff, just cancel it. When Messenger loads go to tools and Options then Preferences and uncheck 'Run this program when windows starts'
Switching to Classic Mode
Swithcing to Classic Mode is better for system performance because it uses as little colors or graphics as possible:
Right-click on your desktop, and then click Properties.
Click on Themes tab
Set Themes to Windows Classic
Click on the Screen Saver tab
Set Screensaver to None
Press the Power button near the bottom
Power Schemes..you can have the monitor turn off but set Turn Hard Drives off to NEVER Hibernate..If this is Enabled uncheck it. This is mainly for Laptops but uses a very large chunk of data. (I've seen this not show up on the first boot of XP..when you restart it will be there but it's disabled) APM..Enabling this will allow your computer to shut down properly when in Standard PC mode Hit OK
Click the Appearance tab.
On the Windows and Buttons menu, select Windows Classic
Press Effect button
Deselect all options.
Hit OK
Click the Settings tab
Set your bit depth to 16Bit. This is optimal for Audio machines due to less colors for video drawback which in turn gives you better audio performance
Optimizing the Start Menu
Right–click the Start button, and then click Properties.
Click Classic Start menu.
Click the Customize button to select items to display on the Start menu.
By default, selecting the Classic Start menu also adds the My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places, and Internet Explorer icons to your desktop.
Optimizing Computer properties
Right Click My Computer and select Properties:
System Restore tab:
Check the Turn System Restore on all drives.
Automatic Updates tab:
Turn Off Automatic Updates.
Remote tab:
Uncheck all options to turn off Remote Assistance.
Advanced tab:
Press Settings tab under Performance
Visual Effects tab:
set to Adjust for Best Performance.
Advanced tab:
Processor Scheduling:
Set this for Background Services
Memory Useage:
Set this for System Cache
Virtual Memory:
Press Change...
Depending on how much RAM you actually have is what you are going to enter here
If you have 256MB RAM set this to 512 for Min and Max
If you have 512MB RAM set this to 768 for Min and Max
If you have 1024MB RAM set this to 1536 for Min and Max
Once entered hit SET..Hit OK and then Hit OK..
Restart your machine at this point in time...
When you come back the first thing you should do is defrag the main drive even if it doesnt say it needs it. This way the swap file has been truly set and you're ready to continue.
Modifying the Windows XP Services
********FIRST THINGS FIRST!! MAKE A BACK UP OF YOU REGSITRY ***BEFORE ***DOING ANY REGEDIT OR SERVICES TWEAKS OF ANY KIND!!!!!!!!*********
Start Menu, Run...type in regedit and hit OK...
Hit the Drop menu for Registry and select Export Registry..
save this to another drive for safe keepings.
Now, let's stop that annoying balloon from popping up from our system tray
This is a Registry Tweak we have to do..
Start menu>Run...type in regedit
Hkey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Advanced
If enableballoontips is there set the value to 0
If it doesnt enter it in as a new DWORD and put the value to 0
What we want to do is turn off certain "services" that are running in the background that we dont need while recording or playing out Audio Software.
Control Panel>Administrative Tools:
Double Click on Services
Here is a list of what to disabled.
Keep in mind this list is for a computer that doesnt use the internet or a network in any way. If you have an Network Card or modem of any sort, pay attention to those services and what settings are selected.
Alerter Disabled
Application Layer Gateway Service Disabled
Application Management AppMgmt Manual
Automatic Updates Disabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Service Disabled
ClipBook Disabled
COM+ Event System EventSystem Disabled
COM+ System Application Disabled
Computer Browser Disabled
Cryptographic Services Disabled
DHCP Client Disabled (Set this to Manual for Internet)
Distributed Link Tracking Client Disabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinator Disabled
DNS Client Disabled (set this to Manual for Internet)
Error Reporting Service Disabled
Event Log Automatic
Fast User Switching Compatibility Disabled
Fax Service Disabled
Help and Support Disabled
Human Interface Device Access Disabled
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Manual
Indexing Service Disabled
Internet Connection Sharing Disabled
IPSEC Services PolicyAgent Disabled
Logical Disk Manager Manual
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual
Messenger Disabled
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Disabled
Net Login Disabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Disabled
Network Connections Manual
Network DDE Disabled
Network DDE DSDM Disabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA) Disabled
NT LM Security Support Provider Disabled
Performance Logs and Alerts Disabled
Plug and Play PlugPlay Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number Disabled
Print Spooler Disabled
Protected Storage Disabled
QoS RSVP Disabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Disabled
Remote Access Connection Manager Disabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Disabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual
Remote Registry Service Disabled
Removable Storage Disabled
Routing and Remote Access Disabled
Secondary Logon s Disabled
Security Accounts Manager Disabled
Server Disabled
Shell Hardware Detection Disabled
Smart Card Disabled
Smart Card Helper Disabled
SSDP Discovery Service Disabled
System Event Notification Disabled
System Restore Service Disabled
Task Scheduler Schedule Disabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service Disabled (set this to Manual for Internet)
Telephony Disabled
Telnet Disabled
Terminal Services Disabled
Themes Disabled
Uninterruptible Power Supply Disabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Host Disabled
Upload Manager Disabled
Volume Shadow Copy Disabled
WebClient Disabled
Windows Audio Automatic
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Disabled
Windows Installer Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Manual
Windows Time Disabled
Wireless Zero Configuration Disabled
WMI Performance Adapter Disabled
Workstation Automatic
Once you have set all of these close out of the services and restart
Modifying the Registry
****Again...it may be a good idea to make a back up of the registry *****
Intel Chipsets need to have UDMA 66 enabled for Win2k and XP. This also enables UDMA100
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\
{4D36E96A-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000
You will need to add this value in
Right click and select New..DWORD
Type EnableUDMA66 and hit Enter..and Double click it and put the value to 1
It should the look like this:
EnableUDMA66=dword:00000001
Again, this is really only for intel chipsets.
Remove the Shared Documents folders from My Computer:
Windows XP user interface provides links to all of the Shared Documents folders on your system,
right at the top of the My Computer window.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\
NameSpace\DelegateFolders
Delete this Key
{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}
NTFS Disk Performance
The NTFS file system is the recommended file system because of its advantages in terms of
reliability and security and because it is required for large drive sizes. However, these advantages
come with some overhead. You can modify some functionality to improve NTFS performance as follows:
1. Disable creation of short names. By default,NTFS generates the style of file name for compatibility
with MS-DOS and Windows 3.x clients. If you are not supporting these types of clients, you can turn off
this setting by changing the default
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Filesystem
NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation set value to 1
2. Disable last access update. By default NTFS updates the date and time stamp of the last
access on directories this update process can slow performance. To disable:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentContolSet\Control\Filesystem
You will need to enter this as a new Dword:
NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate set value to 1
3. Reserve space for the master file table.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem.
You will need to enter this as a new Dword
NtfsMftZoneReservation set to 1
Reboot after making changes.
Speed up the Start Menu in Windows XP.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Desktop
MenuShowDelay file set to 1
Click OK.
A restart is needed to see the results
Increase IRQ Priority of CMOS Real-time Clock
Improve overall system performance by increasing the IRQ priority of the CMOS real-time clock.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\PriorityControl
You will need to enter this as a new Dword:
"IRQ8Priority" set to 1
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.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Create a new DWORD sub-key named
"AlwaysUnloadDLL" set to 1
Restart Windows for the change to take effect.
Speed up CD Copying to Hard Drives
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
You will need to create a Key here. Right Click on the FileSystem folder and select New>Key
Name it CDFS
CacheSize, this must be added as a binary value, then type in this value: ff ff 00 00
Prefetch, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex
PrefetchTail, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex
To Disable Dr. Watson
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug
Delete the AeDebug key
Other Windows XP Tweaks
Now is the time to Install your hardware drivers if you havent done it allready.
It makes no difference what order you install the drivers in.
After all the hardware drivers are done install your software.
Turn off CD Autoplay
Go to Start->Run->gpedit.msc
Computer Config -> Administrative Template -> System
Double click Turn off Autoplay
Enable it.
Control Panel>Double click Sounds and Audio Devices...Go to the Audio tab
Set the Playback and the Recording settings to either
Your built in soundcard or a soundblaster(If Applicable)
Check Only Use default devices down below
Go to the Sounds tab
Under Sound Scheme choose No Sounds
Press No to saving the previous Scheme
Hit Apply
Do this for all NTFS drives:
Open My Computer>Right Click on C:Drive and select Properies.
Deselect Allow Indexing Servicing....Hit Apply
Select Apply Changes to C:\ subfolders and files
You might get a message that says Access Denied...press Ignore All
By default, Windows 2000 logs the I/O traffic of your hard drive.
While this is a very useful setting for servers, for workstations it
doesn't do anything except use up system resources.
To disable it, go to the run menu and type
diskperf -n
Hit Enter to disable this logging.
Disable Error Reporting
Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance.
System>Advanced tab
Error-Reporting button
Select Disable Error Reporting.
Click OK
Click OK
Uninstall unwanted components (good for non networked computers)
Locate sysoc.inf (windows\inf\sysoc.inf) on the main drive and make a backup of it
Open the Sysoc.inf file. Each line of text in the file represents a component that
can be displayed in the Add/Remove Windows Components dialog. Delete the word HIDE for any component that you want to see in the dialog (do not erase the ommas). Save the Sysoc.inf file, then close it, and reboot your computer.
The Add/Remove Windows Components dialog will now display the items you want to remove.
December 7, 2005 @07:50pm
itsplayed

That's a lot of info to take in at one time, I'm also pressed for time right now (off to a hockey game)...will study further, but off the bat I don't agree with going to a FAT32 setup for WinXP or going with a standardPC setup as well unless there's a performance/compatibility issue at stake. To use Fat32 because defragmenting the drive may shave a couple of minutes off it, is nuts...IMHO.
December 7, 2005 @10:16pm
the_binary_soul

Also there is a large size constraint (not sure how large) on the FAT32 system, if you try formating a 200GB harddrive with FAT32, your are going to have a lot of wasted space.
Otherwise, nice post.
December 8, 2005 @04:18am
korz

What about cluster sizes? I'm not using RAID. I have a dedicated 250Gbyte SATA150 drive just for audio. I've partitioned it into four equal-sized logical drives. The reason I've done this is because I intend to start working in the first partition, when that's full, I'll start working in the second partition, etc. Periodically, I'll want to defrag and I'd much rather defrag a 62GB drive than a 250GB drive... wouldn't you?
I just got my new system up and running and started to load software (about half dozen applications, the biggest being Sonar 5), but I think I may want to start over.
Firstly, during the format (XP Pro, NTFS) I left the cluster size as the default, which may or may not be a problem... you folks tell me.
Furthermore, I started loading software before I finished installing my hardware (contrary to Jam Man's herculean post) -- there are five pieces of hardware still without drivers:
1. the Marvell ethernet interface (the Gigabyte GA-K8NSXP-939 mobo has two ethernet interfaces... the primary one is a Marvell, the secondary is an NVIDIA... since the chipset is NVIDIA, I loaded the whole chipset driver package and that included the NVIDIA ethernet driver; I tried to load the Marvell driver, but there was an error, so I just blew it off for now),
[all the rest of these are not even out of their boxes]
2. the modem, which I don't really intend to use much at all... only in emergencies and will probably keep it disabled in the Device Manager when I'm not using it... it's a software modem, by the way,
3. the EMU 1820M audio interface,
4. the Behringer BCF2000 "MIDI Controller with Faders," and
5. the Contour Design ShuttlePro.
Do you think I should bother to reformat, install the hardware, load the drivers, and then restart loading the software? If so, then what cluster size is optimal for audio?
Thanks.
Al.
December 8, 2005 @09:45pm
korz

A few questions (for Steve, really) regarding Jam Man's list.
Regarding Virtual Memory: what if you have 2G of memory? what if you have 4G (which I hope to eventually be able to have when they come out with fast, single rank 1G sticks)?
Since I'll be using the modem and the ethernet in this box very infrequently, would disabling the modem card via the Device Manager or mobo ethernet via the BIOS give me a performance benefit?
Thanks.
Al.
December 10, 2005 @06:27am
itsplayed

A few questions (for Steve, really) regarding Jam Man's list.
Regarding Virtual Memory: what if you have 2G of memory? what if you have 4G (which I hope to eventually be able to have when they come out with fast, single rank 1G sticks)?
Since I'll be using the modem and the ethernet in this box very infrequently, would disabling the modem card via the Device Manager or mobo ethernet via the BIOS give me a performance benefit?
Thanks.
Al.

Regarding virtual memory, even with a large amount of physical ram in a system, it's best to allow Windows it's own space for Virtual memory. When using large amounts of physical ram (2gb or better) I'd suggest placing this space at the beginning of the C drive using at the very least, a 2gb partition and ideally a 5gb one. If your using less than 2gb of physical ram I'd suggest creating the page file partition at the beginning of another drive, such as a storage drive. A common misconception is that the VM can be turned off...this is not the case as VM is always in operation. You may even split the paging file between drives.
Internet devices can be the cause of many headaches for DAW users. It's best to have seperate machines for this purpose. If that's not practical, then a dual boot system is the next best thing, using two seperate drives. After that a partitioned drive in a dual boot configuration is the way to go. If your already setup and don't want to repartition/reformat the drive then I'd suggest seperate user desktops on your system, one running the DAW and one for other activities such as the internet. this will allow you to shut down devices for one user while the other users desktop remains active.
December 10, 2005 @05:04pm
korz

Hmm... now I feel guilty for asking...
First, I diverted attention from Jam Man's important questions (I really wanted to get the answers to them) and then I asked the least important questions, drawing attention away from even my own questions.
Steve... are you still investigating Jam Man's post's assertions? I certainly hope so.
I've taken the liberty to ask some (non audio) computer experts about Jam Man's post and will report what I find here, but I think Steve is uniquely qualified to address Jam Man's post and I hope we hear more from him on this thread.
Sorry about that.
Al.
December 11, 2005 @02:21am
itsplayed

1) Standard PC mode: This is unnecessary and will limit your IRQs
2) FAT32 or NTFS: The stability and reliability NTFS offers make it the hands down choice.
3) Turning of Windows Messenger from start up........Agree
4) Switching to Classic Mode.................................Agree
5) Set Themes to Windows Classic..........................Agree
6) Set Screensaver to None...................................Agree
7) set Turn Hard Drives off to NEVER Hibernate..........Agree
8) Press Effect button Deselect all options................Agree (but I prefer to keep smooth edges of screen fonts)
9) Set your bit depth to 16Bit. This is optimal for Audio machines due to less colors for video drawback which in turn gives you better audio performance......................................................Disagree, The 32 bit case is the best for the CPU. It's one pixel for every 32 bits as opposed to 2 pixels@16bit depth, so everything is guaranteed to line up the way the CPU likes it.
10) Click Classic Start menu..................................Agree
11) Select items to display on the Start menu..........Your preference
12) Check the Turn System Restore on all drives.......This must be a typo, should read "Turn Off System Restore on All Drives"....Check box, Agree
13) Turn Off Automatic Updates..............................Agree
14) Uncheck all options to turn off Remote Assistance...Agree
15) Visual Effects Adjust for Best Performance.....................Agree(I leave smooth screen fonts on)
16) Processor Scheduling:Set for Background Services.......Agree
17) Memory Useage:Set for System Cache.......................Agree
18) Virtual Memory: Press Change...
Depending on how much RAM you actually have is what you are going to enter here
If you have 256MB RAM set this to 512 for Min and Max
If you have 512MB RAM set this to 768 for Min and Max
If you have 1024MB RAM set this to 1536 for Min and Max
Once entered hit SET..Hit OK and then Hit OK....................Disagree, For systems with a large amount of ram(1gb or better), the initial size should be set to about 100mb. Set the maximum to about 800mb no restriction should be placed on its further growth. Then if you find the actual pagefile.sys gets larger, adjust the initial size up accordingly. Contrary to popular belief, there is no downside in having potential space available.
19) FIRST THINGS FIRST!! MAKE A BACK UP OF YOU REGSITRY BEFORE DOING ANY REGEDIT OR SERVICES TWEAKS OF ANY KIND!............Agree
20) Start menu>Run...type in regedit
Hkey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre nt Version\Explorer\Advanced
If enableballoontips is there set the value to 0
If it doesnt enter it in as a new DWORD and put the value to 0.........Agree, they can be annoying, but informative
21) Alerter Disabled...........................................................Agree
Application Layer Gateway Service Disabled......................Agree
Application Management AppMgmt Manual........................Agree
Automatic Updates Disabled...........................................Agree
Background Intelligent Transfer Service Disabled................Agree
ClipBook Disabled..........................................................Agree
COM+ Event System EventSystem Disabled.......................Agree
COM+ System Application Disabled...................................Agree
Computer Browser Disabled.............................................Agree
Cryptographic Services Disabled......................................Try it, You may always get a dialog box complaining about uncertified drivers if this is disabled. Windows Media Player may also require this service for some "features" to function. DHCP Client Disabled (Set this to Manual for Internet).........Disagree, for internet users, set to automatic. All others may disable. Distributed Link Tracking Client Disabled............................Agree
Distributed Transaction Coordinator Disabled......................Agree
DNS Client Disabled (set this to Manual for Internet)............Agree
Error Reporting Service Disabled.......................................Agree
Event Log Automatic......................................................Agree
Fast User Switching Compatibility Disabled..........................Agree
Fax Service Disabled.......................................................Agree
Help and Support Disabled................................................Agree
Human Interface Device Access Disabled............................Agree, unless certain devices fail to function. IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Manual...............................Agree, unless you have issues with burns, in which case set to automatic Indexing Service Disabled.................................................Agree
Internet Connection Sharing Disabled.................................Agree,
However linked systems(ie. midi over Lan, fxteleport etc.) may need this service to funtion
IPSEC Services PolicyAgent Disabled...................................Agree
Logical Disk Manager Manual.............................................Agree
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual..............Disagree, set to disable Messenger Disabled.........................................................Agree
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Disabled........................Agree
Net Login Disabled...........................................................Agree
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Disabled.......................Agree
Network Connections Manual.............................................Agree
Network DDE Disabled.......................................................Agree
Network DDE DSDM Disabled...............................................Agree
Network Location Awareness (NLA) Disabled..........................Agree, may be needed for linked setups NT LM Security Support Provider Disabled.............................Agree
Performance Logs and Alerts Disabled...................................Agree
Plug and Play PlugPlay Automatic.........................................Agree
Portable Media Serial Number Disabled...................................Agree
Print Spooler Disabled.........................................................Agree, unless your using a printer Protected Storage Disabled.................................................Agree, provides for better security if your internet connected, however no passwords can be saved if disabled QoS RSVP Disabled.............................................................Agree, unless your internet service provider requires it Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Disabled...................Agree, unless your internet service provider requires it (linked systems?) Remote Access Connection Manager Disabled...........................Agree, unless your internet service provider requires it (linked system?) Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Disabled........................Agree
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Automatic..................................Agree
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual...........................Agree
Remote Registry Service Disabled...........................................Agree
Removable Storage Disabled..................................................Agree
Routing and Remote Access Disabled.......................................Agree
Secondary Logon s Disabled..................................................Agree
Security Accounts Manager Disabled.......................................Agree
Server Disabled...................................................................Agree, unless your working with a linked system Shell Hardware Detection Disabled...........................................Agree
Smart Card Disabled..............................................................Agree
Smart Card Helper Disabled.....................................................Agree
SSDP Discovery Service Disabled.............................................Agree, but may affect linked systems System Event Notification Disabled..........................................Agree
System Restore Service Disabled.............................................Agree
Task Scheduler Schedule Disabled............................................Agree
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service Disabled(set to Manual for Internet)..Agree
Telephony Disabled...............................................................Agree, unless your internet connection is disrupted from disabling Telnet Disabled.....................................................................Agree
Terminal Services Disabled......................................................Agree
Themes Disabled...................................................................Agree
Uninterruptible Power Supply Disabled.......................................Agree
Universal Plug and Play Device Host Disabled..............................Agree
Upload Manager Disabled.........................................................Agree
Volume Shadow Copy Disabled.................................................Agree
WebClient Disabled................................................................Agree
Windows Audio Automatic......................................................Agree
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Disabled.................................Agree, unless your scanner, camera etc. fails to funtion Windows Installer Manual........................................................Agree
Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic........................Agree
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Manual...................Agree
Windows Time Disabled...........................................................Agree
Wireless Zero Configuration Disabled..........................................Agree, unless your using a wireless internet device WMI Performance Adapter Disabled............................................Agree
Workstation Automatic............................................................Agree
22) Intel Chipsets need to have UDMA 66 enabled for Win2k and XP. This also enables UDMA100
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\
{4D36E96A-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000
You will need to add this value in
Right click and select New..DWORD
Type EnableUDMA66 and hit Enter..and Double click it and put the value to 1
It should the look like this:
EnableUDMA66=dword:00000001
Again, this is really only for intel chipsets.........................Perhaps and would only pertain to newer Mobo's(do not perform on older MoBo's), have not implemented this myself.
23) Remove the Shared Documents folders from My Computer:
Windows XP user interface provides links to all of the Shared Documents folders on your system,
right at the top of the My Computer window.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\
NameSpace\DelegateFolders
Delete this Key
{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}........................Your preference, will do nothing for performance
24)
1. Disable creation of short names. By default,NTFS generates the style of file name for compatibility
with MS-DOS and Windows 3.x clients. If you are not supporting these types of clients, you can turn off
this setting by changing the default
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Filesystem
NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation set value to 1..............................This tweak is probably okay to perform.
2. Disable last access update. By default NTFS updates the date and time stamp of the last
access on directories this update process can slow performance. To disable:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentContolSet\Control \Filesystem
You will need to enter this as a new Dword:
NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate set value to 1................................This tweak is probably okay to perform
3. Reserve space for the master file table.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem.
You will need to enter this as a new Dword
NtfsMftZoneReservation set to 1................................................This tweak is probably okay to perform
25) Speed up the Start Menu in Windows XP.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Desktop
MenuShowDelay file set to 1
Click OK................................................................................Agree
26) Increase IRQ Priority of CMOS Real-time Clock
Improve overall system performance by increasing the IRQ priority of the CMOS real-time clock.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\PriorityControl
You will need to enter this as a new Dword:
"IRQ8Priority" set to 1..............................................................Disagree(for NT), IRQs don't even have a concept of "priority" in the NT family. The NT family of OSes doesn't even use the real-time clock (IRQ 8) for time keeping in the first place!
27) 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.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer
Create a new DWORD sub-key named
"AlwaysUnloadDLL" set to 1
Restart Windows for the change to take effect............................Disagree, There's no evidence showing that this setting works in Windows 2000/XP. If this setting actually did work, you have hurt your overall performance because you unloaded a dll when it didn't need to be and caused the system to have to load it again when called upon.
28) Speed up CD Copying to Hard Drives
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem
You will need to create a Key here. Right Click on the FileSystem folder and select New>Key
Name it CDFS
CacheSize, this must be added as a binary value, then type in this value: ff ff 00 00
Prefetch, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex
PrefetchTail, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex................................................................This tweak is probably okay to perform
29) To Disable Dr. Watson
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Cu rrentVersion\AeDebug
Delete the AeDebug key.......................................................Agree
30) Turn off CD Autoplay
Go to Start->Run->gpedit.msc
Computer Config -> Administrative Template -> System
Double click Turn off Autoplay
Enable it................................................................................Agree
31) Control Panel>Double click Sounds and Audio Devices...Go to the Audio tab Set the Playback and the Recording settings to either
Your built in soundcard or a soundblaster(If Applicable)
Check Only Use default devices down below
Go to the Sounds tab
Under Sound Scheme choose No Sounds
Press No to saving the previous Scheme
Hit Apply................................................................................Agree
32) Do this for all NTFS drives:
Open My Computer>Right Click on Crive and select Properies.
Deselect Allow Indexing Servicing....Hit Apply
Select Apply Changes to C:\ subfolders and files
You might get a message that says Access Denied...press Ignore All.....Agree
33) By default, Windows 2000 logs the I/O traffic of your hard drive.
While this is a very useful setting for servers, for workstations it
doesn't do anything except use up system resources.
To disable it, go to the run menu and type
diskperf -n
Hit Enter to disable this logging...................................................Agree
34) Disable Error Reporting
Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance.
System>Advanced tab
Error-Reporting button
Select Disable Error Reporting.
Click OK
Click OK...................................................................................Agree
35) Uninstall unwanted components (good for non networked computers)
Locate sysoc.inf (windows\inf\sysoc.inf) on the main drive and make a backup of it
Open the Sysoc.inf file. Each line of text in the file represents a component that
can be displayed in the Add/Remove Windows Components dialog. Delete the word HIDE for any component that you want to see in the dialog (do not erase the ommas). Save the Sysoc.inf file, then close it, and reboot your computer.
The Add/Remove Windows Components dialog will now display the items you want to remove......................................................................Agree
December 12, 2005 @06:22am
Sonic Valley

Last but not least: Do you want to have this hot babe as your wallpaper...........Agree :D
December 12, 2005 @01:04pm
dcwave

It always amazes me, the amount of tweaking being done to try to get every last bit of performace out of a PC. I'm not sure the 2-3% performance increase is worth the time it takes to make all these changes to a system.
December 12, 2005 @01:40pm
itsplayed

Sonic Valley wrote:
Last but not least: Do you want to have this hot babe as your wallpaper...........Agree

Lol, make sure your better half doesn't see it. Unless it is a picture of her...............Agree
dcwave wrote:
It always amazes me, the amount of tweaking being done to try to get every last bit of performace out of a PC. I'm not sure the 2-3% performance increase is worth the time it takes to make all these changes to a system.

Your right for the most part. Disabling unused services is a good/easy tweak that can free up system resources including quite a bit of ram. Registry edits however, are best left alone unless your comfortable in performing them and your gains will be fairly minimum by even doing so. Probably the one tweak that will provide the most gain would be to switch the processor scheduling from programs to background services.
December 12, 2005 @02:50pm
korz

Steve--
You say to set the min on the virtual memory to 100MB and the max to 800MB (initially), whereas what Jam Man's original list said to set the min and max both to the same number.
I've read that before in the many incarnations of this list that has wandered through cyberspace. My understanding is that if you set the min and max to be equal, it causes the Pagefile.sys to be of a set size that doesn't grow, and thus is unable to become fragmented.
Am I mistaken?
This seems to be a very detailed article on Pagefile.sys (the swap file), but I've read it (although it's very late and I'm not at 100% anymore) and cannot find whether setting the min and max to the same number keeps the file from becoming fragmented:
http://www.petri.co.il/pagefile_optimization.htm
Al.
December 13, 2005 @07:27am
korz

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I asked about Jam Man's list on a website full of non-audio PC experts. They answered in much more general terms, but also brought up some additional info that may be useful to us. Some I know has already been discussed at AudioForums.com, but some other stuff is new, I think. I think that you should be able to go right to it by clicking this link:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21659987.html
I'm pretty sure that you have to become a paid member to use the search function there, but if you know the URL, I think anyone can access the info.
Another interesting thing I found there was on Swap Space:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21247275.html
I'm probably just going to leave the Swap alone on my new PC for now and wait for this topic to resolve itself before I do anything with it. I can always move it to a new drive or defrag to get the Swap to be moved up to the edge of the drive, right (that's from Jam Man's original post, I think)?
Thanks.
Al.
December 13, 2005 @07:38am
itsplayed

Steve--
You say to set the min on the virtual memory to 100MB and the max to 800MB (initially), whereas what Jam Man's original list said to set the min and max both to the same number.
I've read that before in the many incarnations of this list that has wandered through cyberspace. My understanding is that if you set the min and max to be equal, it causes the Pagefile.sys to be of a set size that doesn't grow, and thus is unable to become fragmented.
Am I mistaken?
This seems to be a very detailed article on Pagefile.sys (the swap file), but I've read it (although it's very late and I'm not at 100% anymore) and cannot find whether setting the min and max to the same number keeps the file from becoming fragmented:
Al.

The following two statements are False:
1) The file should be a fixed size so that it does not get fragmented, with minimum and maximum set the same
2) The file should be 2.5 times the size of RAM (or some other multiple)
Things to do:
1) The first thing you want to do is create a paging file performance monitor
Click [Start] [Run], type mmc and click [OK] to create a MMC with no snap-in.
Use the [Ctrl+M] key combination to open the Add/Remove Snap-In Property Sheet.
Click [Add] to open the Add Standalone Snap-In window.
Click [ActiveX Control] and click [Add] to open the ActiveX Control Wizard and click [Next]
Set the Control Category dropdown to All Categories
Under Control Type, scroll down and select System Monitor Control and click [Next]
Name the control Paging File Monitor or a name of your choice.
Click [Finish] [Close] [OK] to return to the console.
In the right hand pane, click the plus (+) sign to open the Add Counters dialog box
Select [Select Counters From Computer]
In the [performance object] drop down list Select [Paging File]
Select [Select Counters From List]
Select [Select Instances From List]
Once the selections are made, click [Add] and [Close] to return to the console.
Select the [View Report] button for easier reading of the page file usage
Lastly, save the console. From the Menu Bar, click [File] [Save As] and type a name for the console. Bear in mind that the name you use here will appear in the title bar of the console.
After a few days of monitoring, adjustments can be made to the paging file. The ideal situation would be to have the % Usage Peak top out at about 80% so a cushion remains for extra heavy usage.
Your page file monitor can then be found in administrative tools under performance.
December 15, 2005 @07:25am
Bops2000

I run a amd 64 3200, pretty much dont tweak anything, (last time I 'Tweaked" I burnt up the asus a8v mobo, or at worst it burned on its own.)
I just shut off internet, virus, and leave it at that.
Sonar producer 4
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Acid studio 5
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December 16, 2005 @12:19am