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What are your favorite/must tweaks?

  1. #21


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    My tweaks are based solely on performance:
    - enable maximum cores/unpark parked cores
    - set no paging file for 8GB RAM and up; 1.5x size for 4GB and under
    On cores: I've never seen an instance where I need to explicitly enable cores in Windows 7 or Windows 8. Which tweaks are these and are you sure there is a difference? I've tried the msconfig -> Advanced Boot Options CPU setting and never noticed a difference.

    On pagefile: I've done a bit of testing with this as I have 16GB RAM in my laptop. I haven't noticed a performance increase with disabling the page file. In fact, I have seen this cause problems because the RAM will max out and not have a place to expand to.
    Totally forgot I still had my page file set on my SSD... oopsie poopise.

    Typically if you have 16 gigs of RAM, even 8, you can safely disable that UNLESS you do a lot of RAM intensive stuff like VMing and Photoshopping. Games don't usually take that much RAM, unless of course, you're running three operating systems in tandem.

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  2. #22


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Coke, that's quite a list. I am impressed. But I am an 'Out of the box' guy. If it's no good out of the box, I don't use it.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 3
    W 8


    The first thing I did was format my new laptop after setting it up.
    Then I found a way to set it up without an MS or local account and no password.
    After I had it set up I install classic shell.
    Then I removed any software that I had to register for or that I did not need.
    I set up two new folder tool bars, one for tools, one for games.

    Some of that may not be considered tweaking, but, I made it my PC, not Microsoft's.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Coke, that's quite a list. I am impressed. But I am an 'Out of the box' guy. If it's no good out of the box, I don't use it.
    Yet you use Linux!

    Out of the box is generally OK by me, but it's the crapware OEMs like to install I'm not OK with. Most of my tweaks are more for my liking, what makes more sense, and what I've noticed people tend to use Windows. Like you said on a different thread, I'm picky.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    My tweaks are based solely on performance:
    - enable maximum cores/unpark parked cores
    - set no paging file for 8GB RAM and up; 1.5x size for 4GB and under
    On cores: I've never seen an instance where I need to explicitly enable cores in Windows 7 or Windows 8. Which tweaks are these and are you sure there is a difference? I've tried the msconfig -> Advanced Boot Options CPU setting and never noticed a difference.

    On pagefile: I've done a bit of testing with this as I have 16GB RAM in my laptop. I haven't noticed a performance increase with disabling the page file. In fact, I have seen this cause problems because the RAM will max out and not have a place to expand to.
    Totally forgot I still had my page file set on my SSD... oopsie poopise.

    Typically if you have 16 gigs of RAM, even 8, you can safely disable that UNLESS you do a lot of RAM intensive stuff like VMing and Photoshopping. Games don't usually take that much RAM, unless of course, you're running three operating systems in tandem.
    You will not get a crash dump if you disable page file. This describes well how to set page file for best performance.

    Blogs - Mark's Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    Some feel having no paging file results in better performance, but in general, having a paging file means Windows can write pages on the modified list (which represent pages that aren’t being accessed actively but have not been saved to disk) out to the paging file, thus making that memory available for more useful purposes (processes or file cache). So while there may be some workloads that perform better with no paging file, in general having one will mean more usable memory being available to the system (never mind that Windows won’t be able to write kernel crash dumps without a paging file sized large enough to hold them).
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  6. #26


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Yeah, the whole page file thing has been discussed for a decade.
    It is proven that it is best to leave MS recommended settings for page file.
    XP is min 1.5 x Ram and max 3 x Ram
    Vista, 7 and 8, let the system handle it.
    Live by this rule and you will have less issues.

    The image they push at work uses a minimal page file.
    I change this all the time and the system runs better over all.
    Every time they tell me how much better their system runs.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Agreed. Only time I change is when making custom refresh point as for some peculiar reason recimg.exe thinks pagefile and hyberfil would be useful things to backup....
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    My tweaks are based solely on performance:
    - enable maximum cores/unpark parked cores
    - set no paging file for 8GB RAM and up; 1.5x size for 4GB and under
    On cores: I've never seen an instance where I need to explicitly enable cores in Windows 7 or Windows 8. Which tweaks are these and are you sure there is a difference? I've tried the msconfig -> Advanced Boot Options CPU setting and never noticed a difference.

    On pagefile: I've done a bit of testing with this as I have 16GB RAM in my laptop. I haven't noticed a performance increase with disabling the page file. In fact, I have seen this cause problems because the RAM will max out and not have a place to expand to.
    On cores, when doing clean install on new MB processor etc. Win7 and 8 set right number of cores and memory but when I changed processor only from 2 to 4 cores, both, W7 and 8 left them at 2.
    On PF, didn't notice performance increase either, it's more like disk space saving thing. Have 8GB, killed PF and Hibernation because of space and because my computer is on 24/7 and not one program complained about lack of them. Boot drive is an 120 GB SSD, so space is at premium.
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  9. #29


    Windows Update on manual
    This PC, Control Panel and God Mode on desktop
    Drivers for everything
    Set monitors to proper resolution
    Kill PF and hibernation
    Unpin all un-needed APPs
    Replace all default APPs with desktop versions and if needed set them as default programs for associated types.
    Set custom theme and fonts sizes.
    Install all needed programs and then sort their shortcuts in Metro clearly marking their groups according to their use and also grouping their icons in folders on the desktop according to same criteria, (names like Tools, Multimedia, Testing, Comms, Games etc.)
    Set Downloads, backup and default places for MM, pictures etc. to HDD other than boot drive.
    Then while making full system drive backup with Macrium go and return to nature all the coffees and beer used while doing all that mentioned before.
    Go to sleep exhausted, because by that time sun is coming up, my eyes are blurry , fingers numb and Carpal syndrome is setting in the wrist from the mouse.
    Next day: Put Restart and Shutdown icons on desktop.
    Check for Windows updates and implement them watching that it does not change drivers and settings.
    And much more stuff after all of which I don't even look at computer for couple of days if I don't have to.
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  10. #30


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yet you use Linux
    Yeah right, but only distros that are easy to set up like Mint or Zorin. Red hat stuff like Fedora is not what I would use. I tried that but you need a 2 year class to get it to work. Out of the box you cannot even play a piece of music.
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