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Windows 7: Diet 7

22 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7 - 7000
Diet 7

Hello all,

Well, I need some help here. I produce music with several software and hardware, audio interfaces, synths and software synths. Now, I'll try to use and test Windows 7 on this, under serious works. Since I use MAC for that, my windows laptop has no GREAT hardware, but I think it will do the work. Core 2 Duo 1,6 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 120 HD.

So this is what I need: to clean an installation of Windows 7 to keep it as light as possible. I mean, no internet or networks, so, no antivirus or firewall. Disable AS MUCH AS IT CAN BE DISABLED to run heavy apps FAST. As I did one time on XP, I managed to get like 120 MB of RAM used and 17 processes running in a very stable system to work with. I want to do the same with 7 and test stability of system, since I and many people use their laptops to play live shows, this info could be really useful, as well as DPC latencies and other stuff.

In Xp I disabled services, installed just the necessary drivers, disabled networks and kept the color display at 16 bit. I think that Win 7 should not be that different: disable services, etc. BUT, I see that it installs network drivers automatically and enables that. I don't want that. I also plan to disable windows aero.

Any ideas? Thanks!

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22 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7 7100 build

Well you can most likely disable network drivers and just about anything else.

But to be honest 7 is very stable at least in the 7000 build and considering it is still in beta by the time the real version comes out I am sure it will run very fast regardless of what you have running.

On a fresh start up using 4gigs of ram windows 7 with everything enabled uses just under 1gig.

Point being that even if you leave it stock settings it is going to be very very stable and fast.
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22 Mar 2009   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

With XP you can "nLite" the installation and with VISTA you can do similar but it's called "vLite".

Google to see if anybody has attempted this yet with Windows 7.

It's probably not worth doing currently since we don't know what's going to be in the Final.

Actually W7 builds (7048 and 7057) seem very "fit for purpose" just as they are.

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22 Mar 2009   #4

Windows 7 - 7000

Thanks for the replies, I'll search what you said jimbo

But just wanted to know if there was anything else to disable, maybe a hidden 1GB RAM service or something like that, haha...

I know Win 7 is very stable and light also, but under the circunstances I need to work, it's kinda heavy and I can't afford an error on a live show, a freeze or a BSOD, under 50%-100% CPU all the time and with several instances. That's why I need to test. I'll also test compatibility with VST's and hosts. So far, Ableton Live 7 good.

Will try in my 7057 version and if I have luck, I'll post here. It may be useful for someone.
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22 Mar 2009   #5

7600.20510 x86

For curiosity sake, do you use any MOTU gear. I use the Traveler and it's freakin awesome.
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22 Mar 2009   #6

Windows 7 - 7000

nop, using a m-audio fast track pro and a mbox2

thinking on selling the mbox
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