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The Ultimate guide to speeding up win 7 on low/mid range systems ready for TOR!

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The Ultimate guide to speeding up win 7 on low/mid range systems ready for TOR!

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Nex_Seraphim
12.13.2011 , 07:46 AM | #11
is this reserved?

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Nex_Seraphim
12.13.2011 , 08:05 AM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by renegadeimp View Post

Ready Boost

Win 7 has a pretty good feature which allows you to use a USB flash drive as extra memory, should you only be using 2 GB or so of RAM. It's no substitute but it can make your system run faster.



How to setup the Ready Boost Feature.

To configure the Ready Boost Feature in Windows 7 you need to have a High Speed Flash/USB or Pendrive with you which is ready boost compatible.
  • After plugging in your flashdrive or pendrive, Open Computer > Right-click on the USB Drive/Pendrive > select Ready Boost tab > tick the Use this device checkbox.
  • You can configure how much space on your USB drive/ Pendrive to be used as Ram.

It's a very easy feature to configure, which can give you extra speed on low spec systems. AS I mentioned earlier, it's no substitute for real Memory Hardware, but it works, and it can work very well.


/Sigh... another user that has NO idea what Readyboost is.

Readyboost IS NOT RAM ... Nor a SUBSTITUE FOR RAM ... Readyboost HELPS YOUR HARD DRIVE...

Readyboost caches DISK CONTENT to the FLASH DRIVE. On certain operations this can be 80-100x faster than using your Hard Drive.

Readyboost will give you a performance boost based on your HDD speed NOT RAM.

Most laptops run a 5400rpm HDD. Even high end systems you can see as much as a 10% performance gain. This gain gets smaller the faster the HDD speed is (I.E. 7200rpm, 10,000rpm) and gets disabled with a SSD.

Your SD card or USB Stick should be at LEAST twice the size of the ram. You should format the drive as exFAT so Windows can use the entire size of the memory device.

Windows 7 can recognize up to 256GB of memory this way and up to 8 different sources at the same time.

I recommend at least a Class 10 device, but the minimum specs are below:

The device must have an access time of 1 ms or less.

The device must be capable of 2.5 MB/s read speeds for 4 KB random reads spread uniformly across the entire device, and 1.75 MB/s write speeds for 512 KB random writes spread uniformly across the device.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 include a command-line utility called "winsat" to test the performance of random read and write speeds. The Command Prompt must be run with administrative privileges; otherwise test results will not be visible after testing.

To test random reads (4096 for 4 KB):

winsat disk -read -ran -ransize 4096 -drive driveletter

For random writes (524288 for 512 KB):

winsat disk -write -ran -ransize 524288 -drive driveletter

Please... next time... do your homework.

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renegadeimp
12.13.2011 , 08:06 AM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Nex_Seraphim View Post
Ready Boost

Win 7 has a pretty good feature which allows you to use a USB flash drive as extra memory, should you only be using 2 GB or so of RAM. It's no substitute but it can make your system run faster.



How to setup the Ready Boost Feature.

To configure the Ready Boost Feature in Windows 7 you need to have a High Speed Flash/USB or Pendrive with you which is ready boost compatible.
  • After plugging in your flashdrive or pendrive, Open Computer > Right-click on the USB Drive/Pendrive > select Ready Boost tab > tick the Use this device checkbox.
  • You can configure how much space on your USB drive/ Pendrive to be used as Ram.

It's a very easy feature to configure, which can give you extra speed on low spec systems. AS I mentioned earlier, it's no substitute for real Memory Hardware, but it works, and it can work very well.




...sigh... another user that has NO idea what Readyboost is.

Readyboost IS NOT RAM ... Nor a SUBSTITUE FOR RAM ... Readyboost HELPS YOUR HARD DRIVE...

Readyboost caches DISK CONTENT to the FLASH DRIVE. On certain operations this can be 80-100x faster than using your Hard Drive.

Readyboost will give you a performance boost based on your HDD speed NOT RAM.

Most laptops run a 5400rpm HD. Even high end systems you can see as much as a 10% performance gain. This gain gets smaller the faster the HDD speed is (I.E. 7200rpm, 10,000rpm) and gets disabled with a SSD.

Your SD card or USB Stick should be at LEAST twice the size of the ram. You should format the drive as exFAT so Windows can use the entire size of the memory device.

Windows 7 can recognize up to 256GB of memory this way and up to 8 different sources at the same time.

I recommend at least a Class 10 device, but the minimum specs are below:

The device must have an access time of 1 ms or less.

The device must be capable of 2.5 MB/s read speeds for 4 KB random reads spread uniformly across the entire device, and 1.75 MB/s write speeds for 512 KB random writes spread uniformly across the device.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 include a command-line utility called "winsat" to test the performance of random read and write speeds. The Command Prompt must be run with administrative privileges; otherwise test results will not be visible after testing.

To test random reads (4096 for 4 KB):

winsat disk -read -ran -ransize 4096 -drive driveletter

For random writes (524288 for 512 KB):

winsat disk -write -ran -ransize 524288 -drive driveletter

Please... next time... do your homework.
I know. I posted the old version of this guide. Im in the middle of updating it.
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Airwren
12.13.2011 , 08:53 AM | #14
Would be nice if this got a sticky. Awesome guide and thanks for posting!
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Crawelc
12.14.2011 , 12:25 PM | #15
I cant thank you enough for this guide, for people like myself who only do game support sites and play games it is perfect. My pc is literally running 3x faster now if not more. please get a sticky on this asap!

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NuanceNW
12.14.2011 , 05:31 PM | #16
Just a heads up, you can make most of these changes on a temporary basis before starting your game.

You can kill process and services from the command line or better, make a batch file to do this, then simply run the batch file using elevated permissions.

Example of how to stop a service. The following would end the Search Indexer Service:
Code:
Net Stop SearchIndexer
Example of how to stop a process. The following would end the Windows Media Player:
Code:
Taskkill /im wmplayer.exe /f
Here's a link to an article on the topic.

You can also temporarily set the game to run with Windows Aero turned off, when you exit the game it starts again. Simply right click the shortcut to run the game and select properties, from the compatibility tab, check Disable Visual Themes and Deskop Composition.

This way you are not making permanent changes to your system. Just adjusting it a bit when playing the game to get better performance.

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renegadeimp
12.14.2011 , 05:54 PM | #17
Quote: Originally Posted by NuanceNW View Post
Just a heads up, you can make most of these changes on a temporary basis before starting your game.

You can kill process and services from the command line or better, make a batch file to do this, then simply run the batch file using elevated permissions.

Example of how to stop a service. The following would end the Search Indexer Service:
Code:
Net Stop SearchIndexer
Example of how to stop a process. The following would end the Windows Media Player:
Code:
Taskkill /im wmplayer.exe /f
Here's a link to an article on the topic.

You can also temporarily set the game to run with Windows Aero turned off, when you exit the game it starts again. Simply right click the shortcut to run the game and select properties, from the compatibility tab, check Disable Visual Themes and Deskop Composition.

This way you are not making permanent changes to your system. Just adjusting it a bit when playing the game to get better performance.
Yep. This was discussed in the beta version of this thread. However, the majority of people that used this said they preferred to have the performance 100% of the time, ingame and out. Not just when playing.
Streamline - A guide to speeding up low - mid range Computer systems.
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Wafles
12.15.2011 , 01:45 AM | #18
Great job on this guide, worth my time reading, THANK YOU!

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RobotChickn
12.15.2011 , 11:10 AM | #19
huge help! thankful bump

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renegadeimp
12.16.2011 , 04:43 AM | #20
In the process of overhauling the guide atm, but 99% still functions perfectly.
Streamline - A guide to speeding up low - mid range Computer systems.
Latency Thread - Latency issue gathering thread..
Have a tech issue you need help with? You can nomally find me on the Customer Support forum.