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    Cool A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    Going all the way back to the beginning of XP, we've had something called "Services" that run in the background and can really load down an otherwise OK computer.

    For almost that long, I've been shutting down services that I will never use, on my wildest day.
    Some so-called and self-proclaimed EXPERTS, will say that disabling un-needed services does nothing to improve performance. Well, I've proven them wrong, time after time.*

    * Yeah, like taking the 500# of sand out of the trunk of your car, won't improve gas mileage.

    To get information on just what can be shut down and what should not be, go to the "Black Viper's" web site: Black Viper’s Windows 8 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.com

    He lists every service, now for Windows 8, and which ones can be put into manual mode and which ones can be totally disabled.

    My own list for XP finally got up to 24. My list for Win-7 ballooned to about 40. It looks like my own list for Win-8 will be even longer.
    The changes can be put into a batch file, so the job goes real quick and mistakes are eliminated. My "Set Services" batch file for Win-7, is in my Win7Stuff on my web site.

    But minimizing services is just one of several 'Tweaks' that I use to try to squeeze every ounce of performance out of every PC I work on.

    Cheers Mates!
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    Default Re: A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    I have changed a lot of the things with my installation as well. I have not gotten into the services much yet, and I might just wait until I decide if I wish to switch to Win 8 or not. Right now things are moving very well as is. Do you have your Win 8rar on your site yet? I will have to take a look when you do.
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    Default Re: A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    Not yet. I do have a lot of XP stuff up there and of course the Win-7 stuff, but I probably won't have the Win-8 stuff folder up there till much closer to Full Release in October (or whenever).

    So far, I've been using my Win-7 tweaks on Win-8 without incidence. The two OS's are more alike than most people will ever know, believe or MS will ever admit to.

    But, that's what TESTING is really all about....throwing things at a new (Beta) OS to see what works and what makes it crap out. I've crapped it out several times so far, and I just do a restore and keep on Testing.
    I'm developing my own list of what TO DO and what NOT TO DO.
    Happily, the NOT TO DO list is the shorter or the two.
    Win-8 is actually very flexible and even somewhat forgiving.

    My biggest complaint with MS is that there were so many things in the first versions that we could use to adjust Win-8 to our own preferences and MS has taken most of those away. (like the little 'Show Desktop' batch file)

    I thank Goodness that the "New Classic Shell" still works.

    Onward and upward!

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    Default Re: A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    I just finished, downloading and printing out the entire list of Windows 8 Services, from Black Viper's site.
    They fill up 8 pages.
    WOW! That's going to take me a while to type those all into a batch file.
    Maybe I'll be done by the time Win-8 is finally released for retail sales. Maybe!

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    Default Re: A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    Your poor fingers will be little stubs by the time you are done TM. I hope you can survive, LOL! I will be watching for it.

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    Default Re: A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    If you feel spunky, you can run the Set Services batch file in my Win7Stuff folder.
    It also works with Win-8.
    Or just open the batch file in Notepad and see how it's put together.

    I think there's about 40 services in that file. A few are totally Disabled, but most are put into Manual mode, to only start and run when called for. That does save a lot of ram and CPU time.

    What MS does, again as a safe default, is load every service what anyone, anywhere would ever need to do anything.

    If cars were built like that, they would all be 30' long and weigh 15 tons, like a motor home. I'm so glad that MS don't build cars. rofl

    I want my OS to do what I need it to do and screw the rest. Maybe that's why my PC runs so darn fast. If I don't need it, out it goes!

    Laters!

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    Default Re: A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    What is your website TechnoMage?
    I'm interested in these batch files for disk maintenance

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    Default Re: A little something for the Hacker or IT Professional

    Hmmmm! I thought it was in my profile but I guess it's not showing. I'll figger that out later.

    I just PM'd it to you.

    But, we've discussed Cleanup batch files before, on this very forum. It's no secret....it's just a simple batch file, to which you can add your own lines. Ted even posted the whole thing, once.

    Just for starters, here's the first few lines, of my XPCleanup batch file:

    @Echo off
    cls
    Del /f /s /Q "C:\temp\*.*"
    Del /f /s /Q "C:\recent\*.*"
    Del /f /s /Q "C:\Prefetch\*.*"
    Rem add your own paths here


    EDIT: To debunk any mysteries about batch files, the name itself best describes it.
    It's nothing but a BATCH or group, of DOS commands, listed one command per line, in a text file, created in either Notepad or Wordpad and saved with the .bat suffix.

    Windows (or DOS) recognizes any file with the .bat suffix as an executable file and will run it like any other program.

    TM
    Last edited by TechnoMage; 06-19-2012 at 05:50 AM.
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