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    Default TUTORIAL: How to Optimize Your Windows OS

    The first thing you want to do if you have an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) operating system install is to go download PC Decrapifier. For example HP puts a pre-registered OS on their computers with the HP tools.

    PC Decrapifier will remove the unwanted garbage that is preloaded by the manufacturer. The download link:

    Welcome | The PC Decrapifier

    The next thing you will want to do is clean up the registry from all those programs you just uninstalled. There are tons of great paid for tools to do this but Im going to keep this as cheap as possible for you. Wise Registry Cleaner can do this for you. It supports 64-bit Vista and XP operating systems which alot dont. The download link:

    Free Registry Cleaner, Disk Cleaner

    The registry is essentially the heart of the Windows Operating system. Which means if a program you use messes something up or you miss something in the registry cleaning program that is vital to your operating system and its stability you may need to reinstall the entire operating system to fix the issue. However there is a program that one of the members brought to my attention. It creates a backup of your registry so that if anything does go wrong you use the backup and put everything in place as it was before you cleaned it. This program also offers options to restore the registry back to the original settings in the off chance that your system becomes unbootable in safe mode. This program is called ERUNT and comes in many different languages for all users. The download link:


    Next thing you will want to do is have a tool to uninstall the programs that you install if you decide they arent for you. Basically what they do is they run the programs default uninstall tool and then scan the registry for left over references so you dont have to run a registry cleaner after every uninstall you do. There are tons of programs that do this such as Your Uninstaller 2008 (which I use) but its a paid program. You can use Revo Uninstaller. Its the best free Uninstall manager I have found. The download link:

    Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Uninstall, Remove Programs, Solve uninstall problems

    After that you should manage your start up programs that start when you boot up. I used the built in start up manager in Spybot Search and Destroy. Thats about all its good for. Or you can use Start Up Control Panel made by Mike Lin. It also works very well and isnt complicated. The key here is to get rid of anything and everything you possibly can do without at the startup of your system to speed things up. You dont need to use this tool if your comfortable with using the built in start up manager in CCleaner or if you dont want duplicate programs to perform the same task. The download link:

    Mike Lin's Home Page

    Another good program is made by Sysinternals. Its called AutoRuns. Its alot more advanced than the other programs, but is effective and does much more than manages start up programs. The download link:

    Now on for optimizing the Windows Services that start up with Windows. Some of them are un-needed and others are security loop holes. For this I use a website called BlackViper. It has different configurations for each OS (2000 and up) and the Windows Services that start with each. I used the "tweaked" category to optimize my Vista OS on my laptop and havent had any problems yet. Now you need to realize that what someone may consider un-needed another may rely upon. You can choose to tweak each one or leave it alone. This is just a guide for the average user. The website link:

    Black Viper's Web Site

    When you install Microsoft Windows Vista you may not need all its Services to be running. If you are a tweak enthusiast you can always use Services to make the changes. Black Vipers is a great guide to help you. However, the problem here is how we can do it in a safe way, because tweaking Windows services in a wrong way may lead to many problems like failure in launching some Windows applications, Performance problems, Security risks or in some cases a total system crash.

    This is were Vista Services Optimizer comes into place. Vista Services Optimizer is a free tweaking utility that can help you tweak Windows services in an automatic and a very safe way according to the way you use your computer and which software are installed on your system.

    Vista Services Optimizer also enables you to tweak Windows Vista services manually for advanced users who need more control over Windows services in an easy and safe way. It provides you with detailed information about certain services and enables you to query some services information using Google or Yahoo search engine to help you identify some of Windows services function. The download link:

    After that you will need to restart and see how your OS reacted to all the changes. After you are back into your operating system you will want to clean up unnecessary files and defragment the drive.

    To clean up I use CCLeaner as many of you do. Just run that and you should be fine.

    To defrag the hard drive you have millions of free ware defraggers available. JKDefrag is the preferred application here. It has a minimalistic GUI, but is extremely fast and it works. The download link:

    JkDefrag v3.36

    GUI for JKDefrag:

    Freeware made by Emiel Wieldraaijer

    Other things you may want to do:

    -Enable write caching on disk.

    To do this you go into 'My Computer' and right click on your OS partition and go into the properties. Go to the hardware tab at the top and select the hard drive from the list. Usually there will be a few things in there which will include virtual drives and CD/DVD readers. After you select it hit the properties tab. Go into the policy tab and check the box that says 'Enable Write Caching on Disk' and then check the box under it that says 'Enable Advanced Performance'.

    -Disable 8.3 File Name Creation, Enable Boot Defrag, and Increase NTFS Performance by Disabling LATS (Last Access Time Stamp)

    For this I use a program called TweakVI. Its a paid program if you want all the plug ins, but for the standard program its free. You can do these by altering the registry, but I dont want to be responsible for others messing up their computers. Install TweakVI and go to the left hand side. There will be some tabs there. Go into the System Information and Tweaks tab. And then on the right hand side will be some topics. Click on the second one that says Hard Drive Info. At the top will be some tabs. Click the tab that says Hide Disc Drives/Hard Drive Tweaks. Check the boxes that say Disable 8.3 File Name Creation, Enable Boot Defrag, and Increase NTFS Performance by Disabling LATS (Last Access Time Stamp), apply and your done.

    -Make Vista Shutdown Services Faster

    This is a registry tweak. You need to open regedit via the run option. You open the run box, type in regedit, and press enter. Your registry should appear. Next you need to navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l

    You should see a key titled 'WaitToKillServiceTimeout' with a default value of 20000. Thats in milliseconds so it would be 20 seconds. You can change this value to as low as you want, but cant go under a 4 digit number. The lower the number the faster your computer will shut down. I have mine set at 2000. So its 2 seconds. The recommended value for this is 5000.

    After you run that you should be on your way to installing your operating system windows updates and any software you use.

    *NOTE: I will update as I see fit or get more suggestions on things to add. If you have other ways or other programs that are free that do a better job shoot me a PM or let me know here so we can make this a better topic.*

    Change Log
    *Added the Enable Write Caching on Disk
    *Added AutoRuns to Start Up managing
    *Added Disable 8.3 File Name Creation, Enable Boot Defrag, and Increase NTFS Performance by Disabling LATS (Last Access Time Stamp)
    *Added Make Vista Shutdown Services Faster
    *Added ERUNT and registry backup
    *Added Windows Vista Services Optimizer Program

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    Good guide for beginners. Nice compilation of freeware.Thanks for the share. How to speed up Windows boot may help some beginners.

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    Nice add. That also works in Vista.

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    One of my first tut was on Make Vista Start, Run, Shutdown Faster ! Still remember the day when I wrote it

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    Good article. If you are using Revo Uninstaller it has a nice built in start up manager.

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