optimizing performance

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  1. MalwareDie

    MalwareDie Registered Member

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    Can anyone tell me how to optimize my connection speeds and help me with improve my computer's performance in general?
     
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  3. MalwareDie

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    Thanks and can anyone tell me how I can determine my maximum download upload speeds?
     
  4. MalwareDie

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    I don't know where I should be on the connection speed slider
     
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    Just click "Optimum Performance" on the bottom right hand side.
     
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  7. Climenole

    Climenole Look 'n' Stop Expert

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    Hi MalwareDie :)

    1)
    First things first.

    When the Operations system is installed and correctly configured there is no tricks, tweak or setup to "optimize" it's performances.

    One important things in this setup is the services...
    The needed services mist be started in automatic mode,
    the others in manual
    and some other disabled...

    (This can be checked with you later...)

    In an other word, a cowboy can't go faster than his horse.
    (This is the same with your Internet connection...)

    With the time these performances decreased as an example of the Second Law of the Thermodynamics: the entropy (disorder) increased with the time...

    Therefore the only solution is to prevent this by a preventive maintenance of the O.S.

    2) Updates

    The O.S., drivers and applications must be updated on a regular basis.

    For Windows: automatic updates service must be started in automatic mode

    For Windows and the most frequent used software it's possible to check if they needs updates at Secunia: http://secunia.com/software_inspector/

    For the drivers: the best is to check at the web site of the PC manufacturer or at the web sites of the component manufacturer. Some manufacturer like MSI have also a software to check and update their products.

    Don't forget to update your Anti-virus, anti-spywares, firewall and al security programs.

    3) Keep your PC free of dust and avoid overheating. It's a good idea to have an UPS to protect your system against electrical spikes and current variations.

    4) Check your hard disk with CHKDSK about one time a month.
    This help to fix problem with some NTFS files and lock bad sectors of the disk. You may also check the S.M.A.R.T. data with a program like SpeedFan.

    Start | run | chkdsk X: /R
    where X: is the letter of the DD to check
    If it's the system disk, the PC must be rebooteed

    SpeedFan:
    http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

    Article about S.M.A.R.T.:
    What is S.M.A.R.T. and how can we use it to avoid data disaster?
    http://www.almico.com/sfarticle.php?id=2

    5) Clean temporary files with cleanmgr:

    Start | run | cleanmgr

    You may also used programs like CCcleaner or CleanCache:

    CleanCache v 3.5
    Net Framwork must be installed before.
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4122.html

    CCcleaner
    http://www.ccleaner.com/

    Do Not erase the Prefetch !
    Be very careful with the registry "cleaner" option of CCleaner...

    6) Defragment the Hard Disk volumes:

    Start | run | dfrg.msc

    Or used a better defragmenter like O&O Defrag or DiskPerfect

    For multiple volume defrag use this:
    http://www.dougknox.com/utility/scripts_desc/defrag_all.htm

    It's possible also to makes some targetted defragmentation for a file or folder with PowerDefragmenter + Contig

    PowerDefragmenter
    www.excessive-software.eu.tt
    +
    Contig
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/Contig.mspx

    It's also a good idea to defragment at each boot with PageDefrag:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/PageDefrag.mspx

    Defragmented this:

    C:\hiberfil.sys
    C:\pagefile.sys
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\*.evt
    C:\Windows\System32\config\default
    C:\Windows\System32\config\SAM
    C:\Windows\System32\config\SECURITY
    C:\Windows\System32\config\software
    C:\Windows\System32\config\system


    Finally it's a good idea to defragment the tracong files of the prefetch folder

    Put this command in a shortcut. It's possible to start it when you're not using the PC with the Task Scheduler:

    %windir%\system32\Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

    7)

    Avoid "Eyes Candy" programs: a nice OS is good. But not too much: there's a limit to personalisations... ;)

    Avoid Registry "cleaner", "optimizer", "Doctor", "Mechanics" and all that stuff

    Avoid malwares not only with a set of anti-malware programs but also by practicing the SAFE-HEX: http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html

    Avoid an overcharged startup: limit the number of programs automatically started with Windows...

    8 )

    Used these setup for windows explorer:

    a) To used the multi-thread in Windows explorer:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
    Create this key:

    DesktopProcess
    Reg_DWord
    value 1

    b) Change the value of the "Windows priority separation" :

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\PriorityControl
    Create this key

    Win32PrioritySeparation
    Reg_DWord
    Value 26 in HEX

    c) Modify those folders options :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Don't hide hidden folder and files
    HideFileExt
    Reg_Dword
    1

    Open folders in separate process
    SeparateProcess
    Reg_Dword
    1

    9) Don't used an administrator account to surf on the web or

    From an admin account with DropMyRights in a shortcut:

    Example:
    "C:\Program Files\DropMyRights\DropMyRights.exe" "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

    http://nonadmin.editme.com/DropMyRights

    OR

    with RunAsAdmin Explorer Shim
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/runasadmin

    More complex than DropMyRights...

    and so on...

    Other info here:
    Computer Health
    http://www.aumha.org/a/health.htm

    Hope this help. Let us know.

    :)
     
  8. sweater

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    For easy work, try Tune Up Utilities 2007. ;) :cool:

    It has almost everything that a beginner, non-technos or advanced user has all. :thumb:
     
  9. NGRhodes

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    Do you think increasing foreground process time slices will help ?

    You do realise that this has a negative effect on being able to smoothly multi-task (for best multi tasking turn off foreground boost totally) and can actually reduce overall system peformance (especially for servers).

    Folder settings can be done from explorer from the Menu -> Tools -> Folder Options.

    I tried seperate processes for explorer folders a while and made no difference to me, but I've heard it helps for SOME people (weird GFX driver/cpu issues).

    There are NO performance tweaks worth using for XP that give HUMAN NOTICABLE performance gains (over a healthy non-tweaked XP), so many are myths, so many people dont have a clue what they do and just apply them because they have read they help.
    Please note I do use the odd tweak to fix a specifically identified issues/bugs but always done after testing and diagnosing, not just a because I read/told it would help (and it is very time consuming).

    Clearing old files and defragging in my experience does help in the long term - installing badly behaved problems causes me the biggest slowdowns, I always make sure I have a good and clean backup before I test out any new software (having access to lots of machines really helps as well).
     
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