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Windows 7: Turn off CCC/AMD FUEL/External Events Utility. My $.02


09 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Turn off CCC/AMD FUEL/External Events Utility. My $.02

Greetings everyone. First post here, so correct me if I'm posting this in the wrong section.

For several months now, I've struggled with slow boot times on my PC (Phenom II 965 BE, 4 GB RAM, Radeon 5770, 1tb/80GB Mechanical HDD's).

I've tried several "computer optimization programs" like Advanced System Care, Tuneup utilities and some others, and to be honest, they DID have a slightly positive effect on performance, but I uninstalled them (just did, dunno why :P).

Today, I went into my services (msconfig) and disabled AMD FUEL, and AMD External services utility. I also disabled CCC from starting on bootup (I don't use CCC for OC'ing or anything else, so didn't need it). And VOILA, I checked in Event Viewer, and my boot times have decreased from 81577ms to 53970ms (still a tad slow, but 30 seconds is a HUGE boost [to me at least]).

I don't know why people recommend NOT turning off these services and CCC, but I assure you, you won't be missing out on anything if you don't frequently access Catalyst Control Centre. Just type MSconfig, and disables these services and stop CCC from auto startup, and if you don't see any increase in boot up performance, you can always turn them back on

So, that's it. Hope I helped someone Have a good day everyone, and thanks for reading the wall of text

P.S I play BF3 a lot, and several other games and my FPS are the SAME as they were before turning these things off, so if you're worrying about losing frames in games, this should quell those fears

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09 Jun 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

I just install the display driver via device manager, no CCC or other bullshit.
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09 Jun 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Had you asked someone would likely have suggested to uninstall the display bloatware and only run the driver. This solves many problems we see here.

There are other tips here as well to Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

You may have crippled your system with the optimization suites you used which are not tolerated by Windows 7 which is already as light as an OS can be. If at all possible i would roll back using System Restore or System Image Recovery to before you used those, or start fresh following best practices to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail.
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09 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Had you asked someone would likely have suggested to uninstall the display bloatware and only run the driver. This solves many problems we see here.

There are other tips here as well to Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

You may have crippled your system with the optimization suites you used which are not tolerated by Windows 7 which is already as light as an OS can be. If at all possible i would roll back using System Restore or System Image Recovery to before you used those, or start fresh following best practices to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail.
Interesting! So, these so-called "optimization programs" actually do more harm than good eh? Well, I'll be doing a clean install soon anyway (been a LOOONG time since my last clean install) and I'll make sure to stay away from these programs then. On that note, are registry cleaners also not recommended too? One would think they'd delete unused entries from the registry thus making it smaller and easier for the computer to sift through.

Well, I came to these very forums (and several others [via google]) asking whether or not to disable CCC and other AMD services, and the consensus seemed to me to be to leave them on, but I guess I just didn't read the right threads then Thanks for the great tips, have a great day
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10 Jun 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Registry Cleaners (other than the industry standard CCleaner) are even more harmful than optimization suites. Most are sales scams which have no genius at all like CCleaner.
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10 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ah. Cool, thanks for your input gregrocker I guess it's time to lock this thread up now. Can I lock my own threads here?
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10 Jun 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Glad to help. You can mark it Solved at the top.

We do not lock threads as they can help many others for years via Google search, and they may have something to add.
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10 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 8.1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FPSftw View Post
Greetings everyone. First post here, so correct me if I'm posting this in the wrong section.

For several months now, I've struggled with slow boot times on my PC (Phenom II 965 BE, 4 GB RAM, Radeon 5770, 1tb/80GB Mechanical HDD's).

I've tried several "computer optimization programs" like Advanced System Care, Tuneup utilities and some others, and to be honest, they DID have a slightly positive effect on performance, but I uninstalled them (just did, dunno why :P).

Today, I went into my services (msconfig) and disabled AMD FUEL, and AMD External services utility. I also disabled CCC from starting on bootup (I don't use CCC for OC'ing or anything else, so didn't need it). And VOILA, I checked in Event Viewer, and my boot times have decreased from 81577ms to 53970ms (still a tad slow, but 30 seconds is a HUGE boost [to me at least]).

I don't know why people recommend NOT turning off these services and CCC, but I assure you, you won't be missing out on anything if you don't frequently access Catalyst Control Centre. Just type MSconfig, and disables these services and stop CCC from auto startup, and if you don't see any increase in boot up performance, you can always turn them back on

So, that's it. Hope I helped someone Have a good day everyone, and thanks for reading the wall of text

P.S I play BF3 a lot, and several other games and my FPS are the SAME as they were before turning these things off, so if you're worrying about losing frames in games, this should quell those fears
My Opinion: (January 10, 2014)
* i know this thread is old.. but it one of the top results in Google and would hate to see others make the same mistakes as OP.
- after getting a new HP Pavilion TS14, which came with AMD ..
- as usual.. i always try to minimize the services, tasks, startup entries, etc..

- for the most part.. i agree with what you stated.. except FUEL..
if you Google .. you'll see benchmarks w/it on and off..
apparently FUEL does as it's name states.. kind of like Turbo..
i leave FUEL running, but disable everything else..

By the way.. im running Windows 8.1.. and it is unbelievably FAST!
- i was one of the rabbid Windows 8 bashers..
- until i got this laptop for Christmas and figured.. let's give Win8 a sincere try..

Word of advice:
- i was just like you.. i couldn't stand Windows 8..
- but if you give it a few weeks .. and an honest attempt..
you'll realize it blows Windows 7 out of the water.. for games, surfing, etc..
(of course.. results may vary depending on PC skill level)
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