Fast Forward: The Boot Race

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Righteous Fury

for the responses. It is greatly appreciated. I think this would likely make a good "stickied" subject on one of the forums... devs could add to the list of "NOT NECESSARY" as they came across them... but never mind me, just my $.02

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TechnoBoy

i swear my old rig from well ages ago could start up 98 and would be good to go as soon as the desktop appeared, can remember bout the past post time to desktop though

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Righteous Fury

do you have a list of services a guy can turn off without bringing his system to its knees? I have about 64 services running in the background, and I have no idea what i can turn off, change to automatic or manual, or what. This kind of info would make for a great article.

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Glycerin

Wow, 64 processes? I'm runnin an old PIII and i'm only running 25 processes right now. I'm a PC tech, too, so that's probably why ;)

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Windows Securit...

Services that I can turn off in XP-SP2 to get 12 second boot time on an Atom dualcore with a 300X Compact Flash as my Boot Drive

The same backup of XP boots in 14 seconds on a OCZ Vertex SSD

SERVICES TURNED OFF:

Computer Browser
Indexing Service
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatability
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Secondary Logon
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing
System Restore Service
Telephony
Terminal Services
Uninteruptible Power Supply
Portable Media Serial Number Service
Automatic Updates

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Note: System Restore is also turned off

Swap file is turned off

No startup or shutdown sounds and a few other tweaks like running Crapcleaner and Dustbuster, then removing all registry errors with Registry Mechanic before making a backup

Windows 7 takes more than twice as long to boot on the same computer even when teaked for a week or two

I LEAVE ALL THE EYE CANDY ON AND STILL GET EXCELLENT BOOT TIMES WITH XP!!!!

2GB RAM  (MINIMUM)

Free AVG, Sygate Firewall, Spybot and Spywareblaster as well as Acronis True Image are all installed when getting these boot times

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Raspop

You sometimes have to wonder about these "guides".  Here's mine, wonder away.

 

The short version:

Turn off the eye candy before the services. - animations, transparency, and thumbs vs icons.  Use a Windows Basic theme if you're that worried about resources.

Learn the vanilla install processes in task manager and be wary of anything you don't recognize.

 

The even shorter version:

The key to having a slick booting OS is using a lightweight AntiVirus
and not installing crapware that wants to start with Windows.

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meangenedrlove

Check http://www.blackviper.com/ under the Service Configurations information. It won't list everything you see on your computer, but you will find the Windows specific services that can be turned off.

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