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What are your favorite/must tweaks?

  1. #31


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post

    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.

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    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).
    Also, if you have a SSD and 16 gigs of RAM, you'll be recovering a whole install size worth of Windows by disabling it or reducing it down. It's that tradeoff, crash dumps able to be saved, or more space.

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  2. #32


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Also, if you have a SSD and 16 gigs of RAM, you'll be recovering a whole install size worth of Windows by disabling it or reducing it down. It's that tradeoff, crash dumps able to be saved, or more space.
    Well I run AutoCAD, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects, Cubase, and a slew of other apps that use 16GB RAM so I can't exactly do without the page file. I have a 256GB SSD and only have about 60GB used with it on and all of Creative Cloud, Office, Cubase, and a ton of other apps installed. So space is OK. I have a 750GB HDD for storage. And another SSD installed in this laptop if I need it and don't need the Windows 7 partition.
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  3. #33


    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Also, if you have a SSD and 16 gigs of RAM, you'll be recovering a whole install size worth of Windows by disabling it or reducing it down. It's that tradeoff, crash dumps able to be saved, or more space.
    Well I run AutoCAD, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects, Cubase, and a slew of other apps that use 16GB RAM so I can't exactly do without the page file. I have a 256GB SSD and only have about 60GB used with it on and all of Creative Cloud, Office, Cubase, and a ton of other apps installed. So space is OK. I have a 750GB HDD for storage. And another SSD installed in this laptop if I need it and don't need the Windows 7 partition.
    One would think that your SSD is the only performance tweak you would need. When people ask me how to tweak a modern machine, I tell them to get an SSD. Mostly everything's faster.
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  4. #34


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sardonicus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Also, if you have a SSD and 16 gigs of RAM, you'll be recovering a whole install size worth of Windows by disabling it or reducing it down. It's that tradeoff, crash dumps able to be saved, or more space.
    Well I run AutoCAD, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects, Cubase, and a slew of other apps that use 16GB RAM so I can't exactly do without the page file. I have a 256GB SSD and only have about 60GB used with it on and all of Creative Cloud, Office, Cubase, and a ton of other apps installed. So space is OK. I have a 750GB HDD for storage. And another SSD installed in this laptop if I need it and don't need the Windows 7 partition.
    One would think that your SSD is the only performance tweak you would need. When people ask me how to tweak a modern machine, I tell them to get an SSD. Mostly everything's faster.
    Yeah, I remember doubling the 8MB RAM in my 486DX/2 66MHz machine back in the early 90's to speed it up. Doesn't quite work like that anymore.
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  5. #35


    Adding 16KB on a Timex Sinclair's 2 KB worked like a charm.
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  6. #36


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Also, if you have a SSD and 16 gigs of RAM, you'll be recovering a whole install size worth of Windows by disabling it or reducing it down. It's that tradeoff, crash dumps able to be saved, or more space.
    Well I run AutoCAD, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects, Cubase, and a slew of other apps that use 16GB RAM so I can't exactly do without the page file. I have a 256GB SSD and only have about 60GB used with it on and all of Creative Cloud, Office, Cubase, and a ton of other apps installed. So space is OK. I have a 750GB HDD for storage. And another SSD installed in this laptop if I need it and don't need the Windows 7 partition.
    I typically service two or three installs of Windows 8.1 in VMs at a time, some Photoshop work and audio editing among others. I've really yet to hit the max of 16 gigs. But it might be because when I run three OSs at once, that has my main attention versus fixing some music files or converting them.
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  7. #37


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64


    BTW- I am dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8 on separate SSDs. I end up using the Windows 7 bootloader because Windows 8's seems to partially boot Win8, then require a reboot to boot into 7. Not sure if there's a way around this. It's not as pretty but it gets the job done.
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  8. #38


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    Windows 8.1 PRO x64 Update 1/ Ubuntu/ Virtual Box


    Disable UAC (Never Notify)<--- my fave. A must! I know better than Microsoft!

    + disable Internext Explorer
    + disable Media Player
    + disable One Drive Intergation/ remove OneDrive from the Navi Panel via registry edit

    - if installing Clover( Tabbed Windows Explorer) is a Tweak, than yesh, the first thing I do is installing Clover!
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  9. #39


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Gennin View Post
    Disable UAC (Never Notify)<--- my fave. A must! I know better than Microsoft!

    + disable Internext Explorer
    + disable Media Player
    + disable One Drive Intergation/ remove OneDrive from the Navi Panel via registry edit

    - if installing Clover( Tabbed Windows Explorer) is a Tweak, than yesh, the first thing I do is installing Clover!
    I'd love to be able to disable IE but I use it more than often to troubleshoot things. I do hide all traces of it though. Sometimes if I need to log into a different Google or Dropbox account and don't want to fiddle with the settings in Chrome, I'll use that.

    Clover looks cool! Never came across it but I think it is sometime I would install but never really take advantage of simply because + E is just too quick and easy.

    If you guys haven't heard of it, I would definitely check out True Launch Bar mentioned in my original post. It's a Quick Launch Bar on steroids. AMAZING customization options. Unfortunately it isn't free, but I purchased wayyy back during XP/Vista days and the key is lifetime updates. I have folders on my taskbar for +Z shortcut to open up an icon list of my favorite apps, +A for Adobe Creative Cloud Apps (there's a lot, and I use them frequently). Complete control over visual settings. You can even set it to change depending on what apps are open. There's plugins, skins, etc. I save a backup of the settings so that after a clean install I can easily restore and all of my fave apps lists are there. Also helps me remember what I haven't re-installed yet.
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  10. #40


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    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gennin View Post
    Disable UAC (Never Notify)<--- my fave. A must! I know better than Microsoft!

    + disable Internext Explorer
    + disable Media Player
    + disable One Drive Intergation/ remove OneDrive from the Navi Panel via registry edit

    - if installing Clover( Tabbed Windows Explorer) is a Tweak, than yesh, the first thing I do is installing Clover!
    I'd love to be able to disable IE but I use it more than often to troubleshoot things. I do hide all traces of it though. Sometimes if I need to log into a different Google or Dropbox account and don't want to fiddle with the settings in Chrome, I'll use that.

    Clover looks cool! Never came across it but I think it is sometime I would install but never really take advantage of simply because + E is just too quick and easy.

    If you guys haven't heard of it, I would definitely check out True Launch Bar mentioned in my original post. It's a Quick Launch Bar on steroids. AMAZING customization options. Unfortunately it isn't free, but I purchased wayyy back during XP/Vista days and the key is lifetime updates. I have folders on my taskbar for +Z shortcut to open up an icon list of my favorite apps, +A for Adobe Creative Cloud Apps (there's a lot, and I use them frequently). Complete control over visual settings. You can even set it to change depending on what apps are open. There's plugins, skins, etc. I save a backup of the settings so that after a clean install I can easily restore and all of my fave apps lists are there. Also helps me remember what I haven't re-installed yet.

    Sure, +E is quick and easy, however, that's not the purpose of Clover. Clover doesn't replace your usual Windows Explorer. What it does is tabbing your explorer. Instead of having a million windows open, you can have one window with tabs. You still can multi-open Windows explorer( new windows). It's just that when you're in need of having a thousand windows open it's easier to have them tabbed! XD

    True Launchbar- looks ok, a bit old however. ( Yea, I'm that guy)
    I'm using Metrosidebar( still in Beta). I'm in contact with the developer and I love the app. Once it's published it will give its users much more options( Win Taskbar replacement included). I'm not a fan of the Windows Taskbar. Microsoft evidently opened a new chapter and I doubt they'll back off. Modern U.I will be there- forever. I don't see any reason, why I shouldn't replace my Windows Taskbar Neanderthalensis and use a dock of my choice instead. >.>


    "I'd love to be able to disable IE but I use it more than often to troubleshoot things. " - by that you mean you're raping your system and its files on a daily base?*laughs* I... I... feel so sorry for your system! Somebody should sue you for giving your OS a hard time!
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