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 Post subject: Is there any reliable optimization software for Win XP?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:41 am 
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Good Morning,

I am curious if anyone knows of any reliable optimization software for Win XP.

Any answers are appreciated!

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:48 am 
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That really depends on what you mean by "optimize".

Despite public opinion to the contrary, XP is pretty darned optimized out of the box. Pretty much everything you can do to speed it up is turning off options you don't use, and no software can make those kind of decisions for you.

There are a few software tweaks that can make XP feel quicker, but the only real speed booster I know of is Diskeeper. Harddrives are fastest reading and writing data that resides on the outsides of their platters, and Diskeeper (among other things) keeps tracks of the programs you use most, and moves them to the fastest part of the harddrive.

The newest issue of MaxPC has some good suggestions.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:02 am 
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Thanks! I guess what I am looking for is a software program that will allow me to edit my services, startup, registry, and other things all in one little package.

Otherwise I agree with everything you said :-)


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In my experience I wouldn't trust a third party app that would edit my services, startup, registry, and other things all in one little package.

MAYBE if it came from MS...


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amish wrote:
Thanks! I guess what I am looking for is a software program that will allow me to edit my services, startup, registry, and other things all in one little package.

Otherwise I agree with everything you said :-)


You might benefit from something like TweakUI.

http://tinyurl.com/2meyw


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amish wrote:
Thanks! I guess what I am looking for is a software program that will allow me to edit my services, startup, registry, and other things all in one little package.

Otherwise I agree with everything you said :-)


services and startup and be easily edited from Windows XP itself, they're pretty straight-up about what they are.

registry can be confusing though.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 7:06 am 
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amish wrote:
Thanks! I guess what I am looking for is a software program that will allow me to edit my services, startup, registry, and other things all in one little package.

Otherwise I agree with everything you said :-)


In that case, I second TweakUI.

Windows PowerToys are pretty cool too.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 5:51 pm 
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Beelzebubba9 wrote:
That really depends on what you mean by "optimize".

Despite public opinion to the contrary, XP is pretty darned optimized out of the box. Pretty much everything you can do to speed it up is turning off options you don't use, and no software can make those kind of decisions for you.

There are a few software tweaks that can make XP feel quicker, but the only real speed booster I know of is Diskeeper. Harddrives are fastest reading and writing data that resides on the outsides of their platters, and Diskeeper (among other things) keeps tracks of the programs you use most, and moves them to the fastest part of the harddrive.

The newest issue of MaxPC has some good suggestions.

I figured you would have a solid state drive by now, or at least a drive with a head for every track... :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 9:04 pm 
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Black Viper

http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

Tells you what services you can turn off and gives a description of each service so you know if you feel erry about disabling something.

And I think they got a couple registry downloads that will automatically do it if your lazy.

But make sure you make a backup of your registry.
Make a restore spot of a last good configuration.

Happy tweaking.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 6:34 pm 
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get Tweak UI

its not a "push this button" optimization...but you can do some stuff with it

there is another program, but cant remember off the top of my head..its on my home computer, but im on vacation right now so i cant access it


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 4:06 am 
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i will 3rd the TweakUI, and Second Black viper.. now.. i love tweaking my Comp.. and i have also played with bootvis.. tho after i installed a few patches. and tried to run bootvis.. it messed things up.. in general xp is great, and you can"tweak it " just a lil.. another kind of tweaking software is.. X-Setup.. i think its a new name but just look up X-Setup and it will help..

thats about it..


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 Post subject: Re: Is there any reliable optimization software for Win XP?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 5:02 am 
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amish wrote:
Good Morning,

I am curious if anyone knows of any reliable optimization software for Win XP.

Any answers are appreciated!

Thanks!


I am honestly suprised that nobody else has not recomended this software:

Spyboy S&D

It might not necessarily "optimize" your system, but it will keep it from getting bogged down by nasty spyware. We've begun installing it on all the computers here at work so that we stay nice and clean.

We plan on making a donation to the creators of Spybot just so everyone knows. I know it's freeware, but we consider it to be a worthwhile piece of software, and we would like to see the company and developers stick around and not get swallowed up by, oh I dunno, Symantec.

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html in case you did not have the link, but it's also available at sights like www.download.com and www.majorgeeks.com as well as most other major distro sights.

n0b0dykn0ws


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:22 am 
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"but the only real speed booster I know of is Diskeeper."

A quick google search under defrag returns quite a few programs.


"Diskeeper (among other things) keeps tracks of the programs you use most, and moves them to the fastest part of the harddrive."

This is incorrect. Diskeeper has no such ability to do this.

- Greg/Raxco Software
Microsoft MVP - Windows File Systems

Disclaimer: I work for Raxco Software, the maker of PerfectDisk - a commercial defrag utility, as a systems engineer in the support department.


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