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Old 11th October 2009, 04:44 AM   #1
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Default MS Sysinternals for Advanced Win Users

I found Mark Russinovich's process explorer and processor monitor tools years ago, that put Microsoft's tools to shame, LOL! Microsoft bought his company and his free tools are available from MS in the Sysinternals Suite:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb842062.aspx

I see threads here about speeding up Win systems. Ever notice that the pagefile does not get defragmented with the standard Win defrag tool? There is one in the tool suite specifically for the pagefile.

There's a lot of excellent information there; he points in one of his videos that 3 serious system hogs in the registry startup are Adobe, itunes, and quicktime. Also, that if you delete them from the startup they come back the next time you run the program:
http://www.msteched.com/online/view....f-8833c92a5b1a

I've noticed the same thing. I've completely removed Adobe reader from most of our systems and we use Foxit instead. Some of our systems have itunes; I use alternate players.

Here's a video about Vista internals that I think helps to explain why there were so many problems when it was introduced:
http://www.microsoft.com/emea/spotli...067FFE86205DB5

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http://www.microsoft.com/emea/spotli...067FFE86205DB5

There's a lot of good information at the sysinternals page.

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Old 12th October 2009, 01:58 AM   #2
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Mark Russinovich rules. He's the guy that discovered the Sony DRM rootkit, resulting in a lawsuit that Sony lost .

One very cool utility in that group is "autoruns". Way better than msconfig. It found a bunch of instances in the registry of my machine where drivers were being told to load, but they didn't exist - as well as a bunch of stray registry entries from Nero 9, which I had previously uninstalled. That program really sucks. I went back to version 6. Thanks for pointing out these tools!

BTW, I'm using Adobe Reader 9.1, and it initially set some utility in the startup that's supposed to make the program launch quicker. I removed the registry call, and it is respecting that and not starting the "quick launch helper" after reboot. The funny thing is, Adobe Reader seems to start up faster without the "quick launch helper". I refused to update from 5.1 up until 8 came out because those versions were unbelievably slow, especially to launch. 9.1 has been fine for me.
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I agree Andy, as usual, autoruns is also an excellent tool.

Good to know about Adobe 9.1; I'll have to give it a try.

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Old 16th October 2009, 03:40 AM   #4
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Adobe is freakin' ridiculous. Have you ever tried to delete a corrupted install, or delete adobe .dll's on a secondary hard drive?

Adobe's stuff, while useful, is harder to remove when broken than some viruses.

And I love Mark's tools. They have helped solve many a problem.
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Old 16th October 2009, 03:17 PM   #5
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I agree Andy, as usual, autoruns is also an excellent tool.

Good to know about Adobe 9.1; I'll have to give it a try.
My Adobe Reader just updated to 9.2. After the restart, I ran autoruns and found it had put the autorun entries back with the update. So I deleted them, ran Adobe Reader a few times and rebooted a few times. The deletion of the autorun entries is holding up so far.

So I guess the time for watching the Adobe autoruns is when an update is installed.
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concur on autoruns, way better than msconfig! ...
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It's not just autoruns; there are many other jewels in the Sysinternals Suite. Thank you Microsoft, for still making this available for free. Excellent stuff, highly recommended.

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Default More than 4 GB in 32 bit Windows

Interesting link, I have been suspicious of the 4 GB limit in 32 Bit Windows
versions for a long time. Servers have had more than 4 GB for many years:
Make Windows 7 and Vista 32-bit (x86) Support More Than 4GB Memory Raymond.CC Blog

MS just wants to sell everyone a new operating system.
I expect that many companies will not tolerate this and will continue
with 32 bit XP for many years.
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