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Old 10th October 2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default Speeding up Your Computer....

This is a short guide that will walk you through a couple steps that will help speed up your computer.

1. Startup Processes

* Go to: Start>Run>Type "msconfig"(without the quotes)
* Go to the Startup Tab
* Uncheck any processes you don't use at startup(e.x. Quicktime, AIM, MSN)
* Click Apply then Restart

2. CCleaner
CCleaner is a great little application that deletes cookies, clears cache, empties your recycle bin, etc.

* Download CCleaner(from google)
* Iinstall CCleaner then Run Cleaner it(note: This will clear your cookies which means your saved passwords and usernames will be gone)
* Go to the Registry tab and Scan for Issues
{*]After its finished scanning click>Fix selected issues...>Fix All Selected Issues>Ok. Continue this process until scanning brings about no issues.

3. Bootvis.exe(only for windows)

* Download bootvis.exe(from google)
* Install bootvis.exe
* In the toolbar go to Trace>Optimize System. The system will reboot after 10 seconds.
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Old 10th October 2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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Cleaning up process messes is a great way to speed things up. Great advice!

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Old 10th October 2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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I've just gotten really comfortable with backing everything up and reformatting
The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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Old 10th October 2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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I switched to linux.. Otherwise the advice is sound, and mirrors what I used to do on my Windows XP machines.
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Old 10th October 2009, 11:05 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by kevinkr View Post
I switched to linux.. Otherwise the advice is sound, and mirrors what I used to do on my Windows XP machines.
Yeah, just use "top" and kill whatevers screwing you up

(ususally Firefox for me )

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Old 11th October 2009, 10:01 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tips

3. Bootvis.exe(only for windows)

* Download bootvis.exe(from google)
* Install bootvis.exe
* In the toolbar go to Trace>Optimize System. The system will reboot after 10 seconds.
Note that bootvis is a part of Windows XP, so not much to gain there;
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Old 11th October 2009, 10:42 AM   #7
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I thought my machine was pretty clean, but just killed off a virus that AVG and Spybot both missed. Even if you think you're clean, do the 5 step/program process given by Nick Francesco called "The Security Tango" at http://securitytango.com and see what you find. You might be surprised.
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Old 14th October 2009, 07:30 PM   #8
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by C. hoffman -I thought my machine was pretty clean,
Most are , before they are connected to the internet.

To get the ultimate clean , mean , "toaster" like PC one must start from "scratch".

As an example , XP SP3 can run 2X faster than "out of the box" (attachment 1) with win2K level resource use.

WITHOUT having the machine connected to the virusnet , install a full copy of XP sp3 pro on to a primary partition as usual. After that is done and you have all the latest hardware drivers installed and working properly , get a copy of XPlite/2000lite Free Trial and remove any windows component that you do not use (media players , paint , all the other child like "spam" that M$ passes off as useful.)

After slimming down windows with XPlite, get ... Official Homepage of the xp-AntiSpy

With this freeware "essential" , one can "weed out " a lot of the useless services that are enabled by default. Of course , I go "manual" with RUN>services.msc and do my own "weeding" (attachment 2).

Turn off indexing , system restore , hibernation .

For those who must share with a home network (family) , , the heck with M$ as well... the freeware HTTP server HFS - HFS ~ HTTP File Server
and proxy server Privoxy Privoxy - Home Page are the best 2 out there , using a whopping 8megs to do it all. (attachment 3).

I use no antivirus and have just went 2 years without reinstalling on my main system.(just the windows firewall) All I do is make a clean GHOST 2003 image of
1. the above "trimmed" XP installation.

2. the 2 server apps mentioned above.

3. 7 programs (nero - burning , paint shop pro - graphics, winamp - audio , B S player - movies , foxit - pdf ,NFODIZ - text, microangelo - icons) to associate with all filetypes. No "fighting for associations on my stuff !

I end up with a 1.2 gig XP installation, that ON A 1 GHZ PENTIUM 3 , can "
smoke" the newest Vi$ta machine with the greatest of ease. The resulting GHOST image is 600 megs in size and can be restored in 30 seconds.
If this is done on a newer dual core system with 1 meg+ RAM, the speed is indeed impressive (open 50 IE's in 500ms) .
Of course , one would want to add a more modern browser (firefox or chrome) , Chrome seems to be the only one that can keep up with "lightning XP" .
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Old 14th October 2009, 07:52 PM   #9
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Pretty much what ostripper reported is what I have found - within reason.

I use nlite
nLite - Deployment Tool for the bootable Unattended Windows installation
Which gives you a tidy GUI to set and tweak all of the important settings in one easy spot. You can get more in depth and integrate the programs and utilities you use on a regular basis MSFN's Unattended Windows : Unattended Windows Introduction

If you are planning on using an older machine I think that certain overlooked settings like the Hardware Abstraction Layer that the OS uses and downloading the proper chipset drivers and integrating them into the OS instead of generic ones provided by MS has a great impact on performance.

There are a lot of programs and services that you will never need with windows that can be disabled. Some of them should be considered security risks. I can't think of one situation that I would need remote registry editing but this is enabled by default with XP and I think Vista. But this can be a difficult thing to deal with since a lot of stuff has windows service dependencies. If you limit you computer to software that doesn't have dependencies then you can disable a lot of needless services running in the background.
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Old 14th October 2009, 08:33 PM   #10
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Guys...what you mention are all true...but, don't miss this...WISE Registry Cleaner. Its free, give a shot. Best defrag after you did the clean up, reboot and you will see GO Johnny GO!!!!!
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