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Windows 7: How to run barebones

22 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7
How to run barebones

Hey guys, I am having an issue with performance.
Ive cut most of the processes out that im not using and whatnot, but im trying to get my games to run better.

I have a decent videocard, only 256 megs though.

Just there are so many processes running that i dont need while im playing games (IE: network processes, antivirus, etc). Im trying to find a way that I can switch users and have it be extremely limited, and only whats needed for me to run the games.

is this even possible?
everytime i edit the services on my user account, it also changes my admin account.
Id be surprised if there wasnt a way to do this.

any pointers?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Please fill in your System Specs in bottom left corner of your post.

Your RAM and processor will have a big say in it.

Uncheck all freeloaders in msconfig>Startup except AV and gadgets/stickies if u use em.

Then use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials or Avast5 with the Windows 7 firewall.

Edit graphics effects of sliding/fading/dragging intact at Computer>Properties>Advanced Settings>Performance.

Run your WEI score, then click it for Advanced Tools to look for cued issues, google repeat errors in Performance Log (and Event Viewer>Admin) , Generate a System health Report.

I wouldn't tweak Windows 7 other than normal System settings as it will almost always work against you. In beta we learned that turning off a dozen services gained back no performance because Windows 7 was already stripped down and has become the Black Viper.
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22 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7


Yeah I run ABG free, which has roughly 5-6 processes running at any given moment
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22 Sep 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


Many enthusiasts dumped AVG a few years ago when it bloated up and never slimmed back down to where Avast and now MSE are.

I would uninstall it with advanced Revo and install invisible MSE for a noticeable difference.
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22 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7

Thanks, Ill give those apps a try... avgs been buggin me for a while anyway

no other way to have a seperate user with nothing on it though huh?
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22 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008

IF you really want to dig deep I would create a separate user with logon and logoff scripts that kill certain processes on logon then start them back at logoff. Just make sure you get the orders right on logoff or you can end up having to reboot.
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22 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7

thats pretty much what i was trying to do, but im not familiar with writing my own scripts that would do that.
seems like I would understand it, but are there tutorials anywhere on how to do that?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008

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22 Sep 2010   #9

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

I wouldn't get too concerned about the number of processes. You may want to look at the amount of memory a process takes. However, this affects your system memory and not necessarily your video memory. We had a discussion recently on this forum about the number of processes. I wouldn't worry about it. The most cost effective thing you can do is bump up your memory. 4GB is you have 32-bit OS, more if you'd like if you have 64-bit OS - and your mobo supports it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7

Yeah, I may fiddle with the user scripting, but I think youre right about the Ram.
Ill just adjusting the visuals for best performance for now.

thanks for all the ideas guys
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