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12.13.2011 , 07:35 AM | #2
Disabling extra effects in win 7 to gain more free resources.

So now you have turned off Aero, there will still be many unwanted visual effects that eat up your system memory, such as sliding menu effects, or sliding window effects.

To disable extra effects:
  • Right Click on My Computer, either on your desktop or in your start menu and click Properties.
  • Click on “Advanced System Settings” on the left side of this window to bring up the “System Properties” window.
  • Choose the tab labelled “Advanced”. Now under “Performace” (it's at the top), click the “settings” button. Choose the option called “Custom”.
  • Now the trick here to to strip everything that the system really doesnt need. So that means unchecking every single box. The only boxes that should be checked are “Smooth Edges of Screen fonts”, “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” and "Use Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons”.
  • Click “Apply” or “OK”

To make sure these settings stick, simply log out of your user account and log back in, or restart your system.

Sidenote: You can enable and disable whichever features you like from the performance tab. My recommendations simply give you the fastest performance.

You should already notice a bit of a speed difference compared to before.

Here comes the big one!

Disabling every extra service in Windows 7 that you do not need.

This part of the guide alone should free up a good majority of your tied system resources. One good side effect of this is it will speed up your system boot time, and thats always a good thing.

Many services that run in windows 7 are simply not needed by the average user. There are some exceptional cases, such as the Service called “Print Spooler”. It is only needed when you use a printer. If you use a printer occasionaly, or never at all, you can turn it off and turn it back on only when you need to print something.

Warning: Some of these services MIGHT have an adverse effect on your system. Disable at your own risk.

Lets do this!

  • Right click the “My Computer” Icon on your desktop and select the option called "MANAGE"
  • On the left hand side of the windows, you will see a pane titled “Computer Management”. Click the plus symbol next to “Services and applications” in this window.
  • Now click on “Services” and wait for the new pane to load.
You will see a lot of services that windows uses in this new pane. Scroll through these services, until you come to each of the services listed below. As you did before with the “SIS” service, repeat what you did, and disable the following services.

  • Application Experience
  • Computer Browser*(If your PC does not connect to any network)
  • Desktop*Window Manager Session Manager*(If you don’t want the aero effects)
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • IP Helper
  • Offline Files
  • Portable Device Enumerator Service
  • Print*Spooler*(If you do not use a Printer)
  • Protected Storage
  • Remote Registry*(You can safely disable it for more Security)
  • Secondary Logon
  • Security Center
  • Server*(If*your*computer*is not connect with any network)
  • Tablet PC Input Service
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • Themes
  • Windows Error*Reporting*Service
  • Windows Media Center Service Launcher
  • Windows*Search*(If you rarely use Windows Search feature )
  • Windows Time*(If you do not want to synchronize system time with*internet*time automatically. This is recommended to be disabled, as it is only useful if your system battery is dying or your country is about to switch to DST).

After you have disabled each of these, click apply/OK, then restart your computer.
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