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renegadeimp
12.13.2011 , 07:37 AM | #5
Miscellaneous Tweaks

The Tweaks below are purely optional as they have a minor impact on peformance. However, coupled with the above guide, it can give you a good finish to your system.


Speed Up the Windows 7 Bootup Time

Note: This is a moderate/advanced user option. Failure to follow this guide exactly could render your system unable to boot.
  • Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
  • Now type msconfig in there and press Enter Key to open up the System Configuration Window. Click on the Boot tab in there.
  • You will see a box called Time out. This is the time (in sec) which the system waits for the user to select the operating system to boot to.
  • You can safely set the value to 0.
  • Tick the "No GUI Boot" option too [turns off the Windows 7 logo at boot-up].
  • Click Apply and then on OK.



Alternatively to change "Time out" only:
  • Right click on Computer and select Properties from the right click menu.
  • Click on Advanced System Settings from the left pane to open up the System Properties window.
  • Select the Advanced tab from it. Then under Startup and Recovery click Settings.
  • Now uncheck box "Time to display list of operating systems" and click OK.





Change the Number of Processors Used at Boot Up

Important notice:

This option is for advanced users only. Use of it is completely at your own discretion and risk.



Information:
If you have a multiple core CPU (e.g. Intel Core Duo or Quad CPU) or multiple CPUs, then this will show you how to change the Number of Processors that will be used during boot up for troubleshooting and debugging purposes to be able to determine if there is a problem with a single processor/core, or for a programmer to test their code against a single core while running on their multi-core system.

Note:
Windows 7 will use all your processors by default at boot up without this Number of Processors setting box checked. Using all of your available processors (cores or CPUs) during boot allows the computer to boot faster only because a multiple core CPU or multiple CPUs can handle and do more at once than a single core or CPU. Multiple cores do not actually increase the speed, but only increase the number of processor cores working on the job which in turn has the job finish quicker. If you do not have much running at startup, then you may not notice much improvement in how long it takes to startup.

Instructions:
  • Click the Advanced Options button. The Boot Advanced Options Window will then pop up.
  • Tick the check box saying Number of Processors. Now click on the drop down box and select the maximum number of processor cores (might be 2 or more).
[ According to some sources this setting doesn't speed up boot time. However i have included it for relevance]







Speed up the Menu Show Delay Time


Note: This is a moderate/advanced user option, although beginners can use it as long as they follow the instructions exactly.



Information: This will show you how to change the amount of time it takes for a menu in Windows 7 to pop, fade, or slide open when you run the mouse pointer over it.


Instructions:
  • Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
  • Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
  • In regedit navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop in the left pane.
  • In the right pane, right click on MenuShowDelay and click on Modify
  • In the value box, type in a number between 0 to 4000 [400 is default, I use 1] for how many milliseconds you want the Menu to wait before it opens.
  • Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

Note: The lower the number, the faster the response time. If you use an entry of 0, there is no menu display delay. However it is not recommended to use 0 though since the menus may be hard to navigate through at that speed.





Speed Up the Shut Down Time

Information: This will show you how to set the "Wait to Kill" time Windows 7 waits for programs to save data and close before shutting down.

Instructions:
  • Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
  • Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
  • In regedit navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l in the left pane
  • In the right pane, right click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and click on Modify.
  • Type in a number between 1000 to 20000 [1-20 seconds] [12000 is default, I use 1000]


Note: If you have problems with programs from your computer shutting down to quickly, then repeat the above steps and increase the time a bit.



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