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Crucial_404
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Registered: ‎04-27-2009

Speed!

Memory can make a computer run a lot faster. Anything else?  This forum is all about speed. Post your ideas and tricks to a faster, more responsive computer here.

Kilobyte Kid
matthewsheeran
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Registered: ‎06-14-2011
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Re: Speed!

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in reply to Crucial_404

WinPatrol and disable all of the boot-time autorun **bleep**... (except for intel graphics persistemce which is needed)

as you work it out you can enable or disable at will e.g.: Way to go! Improves performance both boot-time and in general and saves RAM.  (BTW: WinPatrol(.com) remembers whatever you have blocked (Adobe and Apple **bleep** especially) and re-applies the disabling whenever you upgrade the software (Adobe Acrobat and iTunes/Quicktime especaially).)  Most things are safe (stay away from Microsoft ones Winlogon Shell!) and in case you disable something that does automatic updating to keep a program safe then install, use and autostart SecuniaPSI for real vulnerability patch security!

 

WinPatrol 'Display Startup Info...'.png

Kilobyte Kid
matthewsheeran
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Registered: ‎06-14-2011
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Re: Speed!

in reply to matthewsheeran

BOTH are MUST HAVES that will keep your system running FAST and SAFE!!

Binary Boss
SAustn2
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎08-18-2011
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Re: Speed!

in reply to Crucial_404

I use "The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion" by Koroush Ghazi, it really helped my computer run smoother, start up faster and shutdown faster. It also helped me learn a lot more about how computers work. It's a free PDF download he also has an illustrated one which isn't too expensive. His website also has guides for different games,tweaking Firefox,installing video cards and drivers, etc... . The system guide took me about 2 or 3 days to finish but it really improved my PC's performance.

JEDEC Jedi
targetbsp
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Registered: ‎08-27-2009
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Re: Speed!

in reply to SAustn2

http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/ to help you turn off services you don't need.

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norepli
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Registered: ‎11-17-2011
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Autoruns for Windows v11.1

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Here's another program for your consideration; however, I am recommending this program for ADVANCED USERS ONLY!

 

IMHO, this is the most comprehensive "startup evaluator" available today... and its free!

 

autoruns_image.jpg

 

 

Download Autoruns for Windows v11.1

Please make sure you read the introduction thoroughly and also any related documentation to gain a full understanding of how this utility really works. You might also want to take a peek at their forum for some tips as well.

 

Here's an example of what I was able to disable on my bare-bones laptop that I just use for testing:

(Note that I have removed registry and program paths to make the image more readable)

 

My_Autoruns_Disabled.jpg

 

Color Legend for the above:

YELLOW - Programs

GREEN - Gadgets

TURQUOISE - Shell Extensions

BLUISH GREY - Drivers*

 

*Windows loads a bunch of generic drivers that may/may not have applicability to your hardware so what you see disabled on my laptop are drivers that are not needed because I don't have the necessary hardware. Also, note that I have disabled a few INTEL and NVIDIA drivers and that is because I have an AMD processor, motherboard, and (internal) graphics chip.

 

Again, I will caution that this program is for ADVANCED USERS ONLY; however, I found it helpful in stabilizing my startup times and even shaving a few seconds off as well.

 

Enjoy but be careful!

 

norepli

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targetbsp
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Re: Autoruns for Windows v11.1

in reply to norepli

Autoruns is the one I use too. :smileyhappy: The aforementioned WinPatrols looks similar but I've never tried it so dunno which, if either ie better.

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norepli
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Re: Autoruns for Windows v11.1

in reply to targetbsp

I've tried the free WinPatrolToGo (portable version); however, I think you would have to buy the "plus" version to even come close to what Autoruns has to offer (notice the PLUS and PLUS REQUIRED tabs are optional).

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scorr
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Registered: ‎02-17-2012
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Re: Speed!

in reply to Crucial_404

My computer is 8 years old. It chugs along, even with 4G internet. Is it better to upgrade the memory or just get a new computer?

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targetbsp
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Re: Speed!

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We'd need the model and/or specification of your current computer and what you use it for really to be able to answer that. :smileyhappy:

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