Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tweaking XP:: Lesson #2

Okay so yesterday's post pretty much sucked (in my opinion anyways) except for the helpful tips from shawn and englee, - Thanks guys! Lesson #1 wasn't that helpful a tweak but hey! it's only Lesson 1# and we got like 1,000,000,000 more tips to go heh heh.. can't be releasing all the good shit all at once right? and besides, i type what comes to mind so forgive me if it isn't in any particular order or categorised for easy reference, yada yada yada.. and before i start, once again if you're sleeping reading up to here, please go to this site instead. =p

Today's little tip is on performance. Yup. seriously, there's nothing i hate more than a slow PC. Slow everything else is fine by me, but a slow PC?? *ArgggHhhHHhhh* Double-click my computer... zZZZZzzzZZZzzZZzz.. Shut down computer? again.. zzzZZzzzZZZZzzz

And like you all know, out of the box XP pretty much starts every service there is to start whether you like it or not! It's there for a reason no doubt, but seriously, if you're a homeuser how much of the services will you actually be using anyway?

Many know, many don't but XP ships with performance monitor. It constantly monitors various areas of your system to provide statistics which are pretty helpful when troubleshooting but when you're not using it, what does it do? EAT RESOURCES. Anyway, i for one am a stingy poker when it comes to resources. Don't let your system eat what you don't use.

So if you're not planning to use performance monitor, turn it off! and to do that, simply go to:


To turn it off, type 'diskperf -N' and hit

To turn it back on again, type 'diskperf -Y' and hit

Another thing you can turn off if you're not using is, indexing service. Index basically is used to speed up searching for files on your system. Of course, index created for all the files on your system contributes to performance degration, since the service works as a background process.

So if you don't give a rat's ass about searching for files.. or if you don't do it that often anyway, then turn it off!

Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs > Windows Components : Uncheck 'Indexing Service'

Does your PC feel faster? No? Then go buy a new one! heh heh kidding.. stay tuned for more tuning tips!


Blogger Jason said...

I'm not sure whether is it working or not the disk performance thingy. It doesn't work. It says : "'diskperf-N' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."

8:34 PM  
Blogger Kamigoroshi said...

Jason, that's cause you have to have a space in between "diskperf -N"

10:34 PM  
Blogger TechTalks said...

Hi kamigoroshi thanks for the correction. yup, the command should be:

c:\>diskperf -N

Did it work jason? Let me know if it didn't.. Cheers!

1:42 AM  
Blogger cancelthisacct said...

One tools I will like to recommend - AutoRUN from Sysinternals.


It tells u exactly what programs are run when a pc starts up. You will have the ability to enable & disable it.

Also a good tool to detect suspicious files left by virus / spyware.

4:43 PM  
Blogger TechTalks said...

callmejt: Autoruns from sysinternals rawks man! I have that too and infact, if you check out sysinternals website you can actually download a whole suite of test tools.. =)

Thanks for the info to all!

6:16 PM  
Blogger shawnchin said...

I used to find X-Setup from Xteq very useful. Not sure if it's still available/free.

Can tweak your win OS to your heart's content :)

10:21 AM  
Blogger TechTalks said...

shawn: I just checked out X-setup bro, and i think it has upgraded to "Shareware".. Mega bummer to us all :(

7:13 PM  
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