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NBR Vista Tips and Tweaks Guide

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows XP and Vista' started by Les, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. comper

    comper Notebook Consultant

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    + Rep just for the first tip, that little delay ALWAYS annoyed me since I switched to Vista a few months ago. The faster boot-up tweak is very nice as well. Good job so far, I'm looking forward to some more tweaks!
     
  2. The Cheat

    The Cheat Newbie

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    lol i just did the defrag, and it took me under 5 min.... im going to reboot now and see the results.. and great tips.

    on first reboot... much slower but going on what some people have said it will improve...
     
  3. elscorcho

    elscorcho Notebook Consultant

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    one last point, the best feature you can use on your desktop is the Vista's sleep. so long as your computer supports S3 sleep mode, it'll shut everything off on the computer except for 2-5 watts so that the RAM retains its data. from sleep to desktop, my computer takes no more than 5 seconds to be fully functional.
     
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    I'll ditto this post. I've used this, but keep in mind that this is extremely sensitive to forced power off or power outage. I would not use this on a desktop without a battery backup and I would make sure that you are finished messing with your computer.
     
  5. KnightUnit

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    Mine has been on "Rearranging boot files", "Do not reboot before degfragmation is done" & "cleaning up" at bottom of message for over an hour. Nothing to do with defrag in TM. What should i do?
     
  6. Les

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    Icedout...I have this as well and its my antivirus program (AVG); it may be something similar for you.
     
  7. Les

    Les Not associated with NotebookReview in any way

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    I want to thank everyone for the help in this thread but can I ask that any responses with new tweaks get pm'd to me and I will post them in time, giving the author appropriate credit.

    The reason for this is because I wouldn't want to see a tweak get entered that isn't necessarily a healthy tweak, one which can't be undone before its too late.

    Conversely, I wouldn't want to see a tweak get included that will cause a great deal of discussion before I can explain all sides to the particular tweak.

    This would be the case with the Disk Caching Tweak as it is not available to everyone. For many, if Intel Matrix Storage Manager is installed, this tweak will not work. They can check off "Enable Write Caching' and 'Enable Advanced Performance' (photo below) as many times as their little heart desires but, as soon as they exit they are unchecked again by the Manager. Some may start to post thinking their is something wrong with their system when there actually is not.

    This is the exact situation in my case yet, my disk performance is the best its ever been; I have attached HDTune results to verify.

    This is also the case with RMClock where it is such a controversial fix. On one side, it eliminates the noise yet on the other, I have experienced all versions to significantly reduce battery life and we don't quite know the long term effects of preventing our systems from entering low power sleep modes.

    PS. Having written this, I still want to encourage discussion and response about any of the tweaks that I post as this will be the strength of the thread itself. Many will become comfortable with tweaks knowing others have had such success, this being the case with Tweak #2.
     

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  8. batkinson001

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    is it safe to do this even on a laptop?
     
  9. Les

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    I addressed it in my above thread. yes its safe but it may not work if Intel Matrix has been installed.
     
  10. deputy963

    deputy963 Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes, it's safe. As Flamenko stated, there is an issue with the Intel Matrix Storage Manager. This would also apply to any software RAID implementation or controller. In that case the option will be grayed out, or will revert to defualt.
     
  11. batkinson001

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    ok i have that matrix thingie so it doesn't work. no problem though.
     
  12. Les

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    If anyone is interested in hard drive stats, a great program I use is HDTune. You will see it below in my hard disk results that I attached.

    If anyone realy wants to see the difference in a HD and SSD, post a resilt and compare. The effeciency of a normal HD always drops as it is continually used; this surprised the heck out of me with the SSD as it remained constant for the whole test.

    Compare but dont drool (lol)
     
  13. batkinson001

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    i would use it but the site wont let me attach my images of the program.
     
  14. batkinson001

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    these are the programs i currently use to keep my comp safe, if anyone know of anything that is free and better than what i have pleas let me know i want the best for my new comp.

    firewall: Zone Alarm (was using comodo firewall pro on xp - no vista version yet)
    Antivirus: avg
    antispyware, spybot, avg antispyware, and windows defender (since i can't get rid of it).

    I used to have windows live onecare installed but it caused nothing but problems for me and thanks to it not being able to remove 3 trojans that only it could find, i had to restore my computer using the store supplied recovery discs. sofar everything is running fine but the vista configuration and other things are slightly different from when the store setup the laptop for me.
     
  15. Les

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    When you are replying you will see, at the bottom, a part that says manage attachments. You attaach the file from your computer there.
     
  16. batkinson001

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    thats what it tells me, and there is no section for attaching images. maybe i haven't contributed enough or something.

    anyhow, for tunexp are any of its other options safe for windows vista or is it only the boot defrag that is safe to use?
     
  17. Les

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    I havent fooled with it enough and i just noticed that with you...thats rather odd and maybe you should bring it up to a mod. You should have this ...
     

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    Are there any risks when applying "Enable Advanced Performance"? I THINK its safe for laptops because it can never run out of power, as desktops, right?
     
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    Hey, thanks for the tweaking information. I'm glad to finally get rid of that screen flash on boot-up. I am, however, not able to get TuneXP 1.5 to work right on my system. I am having a similar problem as a couple other reports on this thread. The program starts up, I run the "Ultra-Fast Booting" option which brings up a box that does various things. Then it says not to reboot until defragmenting is complete. I pull up Task Manager but there are no processes having to do with defragging. I have let it wait for around two hours but the processes never start. The program seems to have installed correctly and I am running the program as an administrator; I also have selected "Show processes from all users" in Task Manager. Also, the "Ultra-Fast Booting" doesn't appear to error out or anything - the defragging just never seems to start. I am wondering if anyone else (esp. those who reported similar problems) has found a solution to this. Specifically, I am wondering if there are any dependencies that the program needs to start defragging that I may have turned off and need to turn back on (so far, I haven't found any, but that certainly doesn't mean they don't exist). Thanks!!
     
  20. Tip3r

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    AVG Free has got poor detection rates, the not free version (what ever it's called) has got better detection rates but still not great. you didn't specify which one you're using.
    Avira Antivir is a free antivirus with very good detection rates, better than most not free AVs.
    I currently use Active Virus Shield but I'm pretty sure that it isn't available anymore.
    If you want to stick to avg be sure to download AVG anti rootkit.

    I would recommend downloading Ad-Aware 2007 also.
     

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