Improve performance

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by davidjchuang, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    I had been reading Shawn's tutorial regarding improving computer
    performance. I have downloaded a few for later use. I have one question
    to ask. About suggestion #12 : remove unused windows features. When I
    looked at the list to check/uncheck, I didn't have a clue which is
    which. Can Shawn or anyone give me a list of what I need and don't need?
    My OS is vista home premium 32 bit, 2GB Ram, 120 GB hard drive, dual
    layer 8x dvd burner, Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop. I am not using it for
    business, and I am not a writer.
    davidjchuang, Mar 16, 2008
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    .Joe Guest

    Shawn has written an excellent tutorial on speeding up Vista. There is
    a companion guide that you can download for free (PDF format), which may
    clarify some of the what is ok to turn off, what's better to leave
    turned on, as far as services and start up programs. You can get the
    guide here: ' - The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion'

    I hope this helps.


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    ncgenek Guest

    IMO, the absolute best guide to XP & Vista services which can be
    disabled is here: 'Black Viper's Web Site' (
    ncgenek, Mar 16, 2008
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    .Joe Guest

    Thanks Gene. I used Black Vipers Site to update my own services list.


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    davidjchuang Guest

    .joe and Ncgenek, you guys are way over my head. I asked what I though
    a not-so-complicated question, I ended up downloading a novel of War An
    Peace. Tweak guide or Black Viper, they are too much for me, not t
    mention I don't have formal training in computer science. I do thank yo
    for your help, just that this old dog been out of College for 25 yrs
    too dumb to learn new tricks
    davidjchuang, Mar 16, 2008
  6. davidjchuang

    davidjchuang Guest

    Thank you, Shawn. That's exactly what I need. No more Tweek and Viper
    davidjchuang, Mar 16, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Mar 16, 2008
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    Brink Guest

    Your welcome Davidjchaung.



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    Brink, Mar 16, 2008
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    ncgenek Guest

    Whoa! Nobody here intends to confuse either you or the issue. My
    reference to the Black Viper site was only intended to depict it as an
    excellent guide to Windows services (background processes). If not
    needed or ever utilized, some can be completely disabled or converted to
    "Manuel" rather than "Automatic" startup thereby (if only slightly)
    speeding your system. One fine example is the Windows Fax System (not
    present in Vista Basic or Vista Home Premium) which very few utilize or
    even know exists. Start your learning process by going to the "Run" box
    and typing "services.msc" (less the quotation markers) and clicking "OK"
    to see a list of the services on your system and their status THEN go to
    the Black Viper site to view his explaination and recommendations.
    IMO, most human beings never reach the "too old" (I just reached my
    75th birthday) OR "too dumb" to learn stage. If and when you reach that
    stage of life, you should avoid computers since changes to hardware and
    software never come to an end. You will never learn everything you need
    to know. ;)
    Gene K
    ncgenek, Mar 16, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Gene.
    I'm just chiming in to say "Amen" to this. But, then, I'm only 72. And a
    half. ;<)

    But I empathize with David. That list of Services (over 150 on my Vista
    Ultimate x64 system) is intimidating! And the names don't mean nearly as
    much to me - even after 30 years of personal computing, starting with the
    TRS-80 - as they must mean to Black Viper and you and other experts. I'm
    sure that I could understand them if I invest enough time, but that will
    have to wait until I get into the mood.

    Actually, since I got this new hardware rig and Vista RTM over a year ago,
    I've seldom felt the need for more speed. ;<)

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Mar 17, 2008
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    ncgenek Guest

    I appreciate your comments; however, anyone referring to me as a
    expert requires a lengthy stretch of my imagination.
    My reference to the Black Viper site was simply to point out that th
    things running in your operating system background consume syste
    resources. In Windows XP, EVERY single service existing was turned o
    automatically whether needed or not. In Vista, they do set some a
    either disabled or manual. Using the Black Viper site recommendations,
    did find a few unneeded I could either disable or set to manual on m
    computer. Charles Sparks (Black Viper) runs a great site.
    Another great site (IMO) is here: 'AnswersThatWork - PC Tuning
    Troubleshooting, HelpDesk, Computer Tips & Solutions
    ( which defines many of the processes whic
    also run in the background in Windows. The site is designed (I think) t
    sell "The Ultimate Troubleshooter"; however, you can scroll down an
    click the appropriate alphabetic character to view information abou
    many of them.
    A great free program I feel every Windows user should have available i
    the "CCleaner" ('CCleaner - Home' ( which rid
    your system of that multitude of temporary files which accumulat
    constantly in Windows.
    RC, I realize that you most likely already know all the above.
    include it here since it may help others and I failed to include i
    other threads.
    ncgenek, Mar 18, 2008
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    kanehi Guest

    One suggestion in improving performance is to delete some Windows Vista
    extras such as removing TabletPC options.
    kanehi, Mar 23, 2008
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    Mr Stone Guest

    Thanks Shawn for this great guide.


    Mr Stone

    Antec Performance I P180 Silver Steel.
    DFI Lanparty NF4 SLI-DR.
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 2.4GHz.
    THERMALRIGHT SI-120 High Performance.
    OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) (PC 3200)
    PC Power & Cooling 510W/600W on demand.
    X 1Western Digital Raptor WD740GD *74GB.*
    X 2 HITACHI Deskstar *250GB.*
    X 2 NEC Black 3540A.
    BFG 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3.
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic.
    Saitek Eclipse. Keyboard.
    Logitech G5 Laser.
    ViewSonic VX922 19" 2ms LCD.
    Vista Ultimate X 64 SP1
    Xp Pro main & Xp Pro Games.
    Mr Stone, Mar 24, 2008
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    Brink Guest

    Your welcome Stone, and thanks to for creating



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    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Mar 24, 2008
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