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Windows 7: Quieting Windows 7 down....

23 Mar 2010   #81
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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Seems like folks are obsessed with LED's, especially blue.
LOL... Are we hinting at something Carl?

Actually if you go to anyplace where they have electronics on display, check out the stuff with blue pilot lights vs the stuff with amber or red... those @$#^%@ blue LEDs are easily twice as bright.

I know what you mean. But I would rather see those blue lights in the store than in my rear view mirror!


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23 Mar 2010   #82
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
The worst are the oncoming LED headlights at night. Those things give you a headache.

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Oh my... LEDlights...

And for Carl... Round here the last thing you want is flashing blue lights coming up fast in your rear-view... In this area, they're on snow plows....
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23 Mar 2010   #83
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

LOL! They're not on snowplows here!!!!
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24 Mar 2010   #84
canspec

Win 7 Home Premium-64bit
 
 
Still flashing???

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I'm from the mainframe (IBM) world so, it mystifies me to see a write with a data-length of 8 (or 20) bytes. I assume this is an 8-20 byte update of SOME 4096-byte disc sector. IOW, in the mainframe world, you write whole BLOCKS of data, not bytes.

It's like it's writing timestamps or something. On my system, all these background writes are PID 4 (System).
It is writing timestamps to two files... Lastalive.da0 and LastAlive.da1, which explains the constant frive stepping, unless they are right together.

I tried something that seems to have it stopped...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\reliabilityanalysis\wmi\WMIEnable = 0

Thing is I've done so much to this poor thing I don't know if that's all of it or not. It would be nice to see if it works for someone else.

DiskMon says no more writes and I don't hear drive stepping ... but curiously the drive light is still flashing????
Tried this reg fix of yours here but no diff???
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24 Mar 2010   #85
canspec

Win 7 Home Premium-64bit
 
 

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I was poking around in Admin tools -> Performance monitor (the big applet, not the one from Task Manager). Under EVENT TRACE SESSIONS I have a bunch of them enabled/running by default (I didn't change anything). IOW, all that are listed are "running".

NTFSLOG is one that's running. However, the directory that it stores these "logs" is empty so maybe it's not really running. I'm tempted to turn NTFSLOG and see if my $MFT and $LOGFILE writes stop.

Will research more tomorrow when I'm awake.
Interesting I'll have to poke around in there myself... However, my system will now go into standby even with NTFS updates going on. It sleeps as soon as the current one finishes (usually less than 2 minutes delay).

It was the "lastalive1.dat" and "lastalive0.dat" that were keeping it awake... these use file mode access to the disk which I assume was resetting the sleep timer.

I'm attaching a zip with some of what I've come up with... There are a couple of documents and a .REG file... take a careful look at the REG file before you integrate it... edit out the stuff you don't want. On my machines --and YMMV!-- there was a noticeable improvement.
If I click on the reg file will it tell me exactly what it is inserting before hand? Or better yet can u tell me what in the reg it is changing so I can make a note to change it back. Thanks.
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25 Mar 2010   #86
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by canspec View Post
If I click on the reg file will it tell me exactly what it is inserting before hand? Or better yet can u tell me what in the reg it is changing so I can make a note to change it back. Thanks.
Your precaution is commendable...

If you right click the .reg file you will be able to open it in Notepad and read it's contents. You may want to make note of previous values as you suggest.

Here it is in open text....

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power]
"HibernateEnabled"=dword:00000000
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
"DisablePagingExecutive"=dword:00000001
"LargeSystemCache"=dword:00000000
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Executive]
"AdditionalCriticalWorkerThreads"=dword:00000010
"AdditionalDelayedWorkerThreads"=dword:00000010
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters]
"EnableSuperfetch"=dword:00000000
"EnablePrefetcher"=dword:00000002
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\cdrom]
"AutoRun"=dword:00000000
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters]
"DisableTaskOffload"=dword:00000000
"TCPNumConnectons"=dword:00000080
"DefaultTTL"=dword:00000080
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"EnableNegotiate"=dword:00000001
"MaxConnectionsPerServer"=dword:00000010
"MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=dword:00000010
"DisableCachingOfSSLPages"=dword:00000001
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem]
"Win95TruncatedExtensions"=dword:00000000
"NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate"=dword:00000001
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability]
"TimeStampInterval"=dword:00000000
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\LanmanServer\Parameters]
"Size"=dword:00000002
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25 Mar 2010   #87
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by canspec View Post
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\reliabilityanalysis\wmi\WMIEnable = 0

Tried this reg fix of yours here but no diff???
You're right. It turned out to be something else entirely... but I had no way of knowing that at the time... way too much going on.
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25 Mar 2010   #88
GRoston

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Like someone else said, get ProcessMonitor: I will admit that I have piles of s/w installed on my machine, but MS is the primary culprit when it comes to disk thrashing. A quick look shows near constant activity by svchost - on the order of 100+ disk accesses per second. My disk drive is never quiescent...

p.s. Win7 x64 with 8 GB of memory
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26 Mar 2010   #89
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GRoston View Post
Like someone else said, get ProcessMonitor: I will admit that I have piles of s/w installed on my machine, but MS is the primary culprit when it comes to disk thrashing. A quick look shows near constant activity by svchost - on the order of 100+ disk accesses per second. My disk drive is never quiescent...

p.s. Win7 x64 with 8 GB of memory
Process Monitor was part of solving the problem as was Resource Monitor.

In the end what I did was go through Scheduled Tasks and disable most of them. I also shut down several services Windows Search, Windows Defender, Automatic Updates, etc.

Then I found the timestamping tweak and applied it along with some general performance enhancers and voila... nice quiet system that performs much better than before.

I'm thinking you could probably do some of the same for yourself... really there's no reason a computer with nothing to do should be so busy doing nothing.
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26 Mar 2010   #90
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
In the end what I did was go through Scheduled Tasks and disable most of them.
I went through the same thing with Vista 32 bit. Pre SP1 it was really out of tune. Found a lot of stuff in scheduled tasks, like even if you opt out of their performance survey stuff, it was still gathering the statistics. I really had to spend a lot of time with it. I broke my own rule of only buying a PC with preinstalled OS if it has an SP already on. No matter what I did I couldn't get SP1 on that machine. So I did one better and put W7 on.
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