DavidTee Windows XP DAW-VST-DXI-proaudioOptimization
1. Processor scheduling should be set to background services and not Programs.
Start Settings Control Panel System Advanced Performance Settings Advanced Tab Background Services
2. Visual effects should be set to a minimum.
Start Settings Control Panel System Advanced Performance Settings Visual Effects Tab Adjust for best performance
3. Switch Off Desktop Background Image
Right Click Desktop Properties Desktop Tab Background None
4. Disable Screen Saver
Right Click Desktop Properties Screen Saver None
5. Disable Fast User Switching
Start Settings Control Panel User Accounts Change the way users log on or off Untick Use Fast User Switching
6. Switch Off Power Schemes
Start Settings Control Panel Power Options Always On Turn off monitor and turn off hard discs to Never
7. Switch Off Hibernation
Start Settings Control Panel Power Options Hibernate Untick Hibernation
8. Activate DMA on Hard Discs/CD ROMS
By default, slave drives on ATAPI channels are often set to PIO mode, even when the attached device is capable of much more efficient UltraATA (DMA) mode data transfers. This can hurt the performance of the affected devices. Also, DMA mode data transfer, places less overhead on the CPU than PIO mode. Open Device Manager and expand the entry labeled - "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers". Right click each IDE channel entry and select the Advanced Settings Page. Check that the Transfer Mode is set to "DMA if available" for all channels.
9. Disable System Sounds
Start Settings Control Panel Sounds and Audio Devices Sounds Tab Sound Scheme to None.
11. Disable System Restore
Start Settings Control Panel System System Restore Tab. Tick the "Turn off System Restore on all Drives"
12. Disable Automatic Updates
Start Settings Control Panel System Automatic Updates Turn off automatic updating. I want to update my computer manually
13. Startup and Recovery Options
Start Settings Control Panel System Advanced Startup and Recovery Settings Untick Automatically Restart
14. Disable Error Reporting
Start Settings Control Panel System Advanced Error Reporting Disable Error Reporting
15. Disable Remote Assistance
Start Settings Control Panel System Remote Untick Allow remote assistance invitations to be sent from this computer
16. Fix Swap File (Virtual Memory)
Start Settings Control Panel System Advanced Performance Settings Advanced Virtual Memory Change Custom Size. Set initial and maximum size to the same value
17. Speed Up Menus
Start Run Regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USER Control Panel Desktop Folder. Set MenuShowDelay to 1
Then restart your computer!
18. Disable Offline Files
Start Settings Control Panel Folder Options Offline Files Untick "Enable Offline Files"
19. Disable Remote Desktop
Start Settings Control Panel System Remote Untick "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer"
20. Disable Internet Synchronise Time
Start Settings Control Panel Date and Time Internet Time Untick "Automatically synchronize with internet time server"
21. Disable Hide Inactive Icons
Start Settings Taskbar and Start Menu Taskbar TAB Uncheck "Hide Inactive Icons"
22. Disable Automatic Desktop Cleanup Wizard
Start Settings Control Panel Display Desktop Customise Desktop Untick "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days"
23. Disable NTFS Last Access Time Logging (NTFS File Systems Only)
Start Run regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE System CurrentControlSet Control Filesystem. Add a new DWORD value - "NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate" and set value to 1.
24. Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
Start Run regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced. Create a new DWORD value called EnableBalloonTips and set to 0.
25. Speed up CD Copying to Hard Drives
You will need to create a Key here. Right Click on the FileSystem folder and select
New Key Name it CDFS CacheSize, this must be added as a binary value, then type in
this value:ff ff 00 00(it doesn't matter about capitals or lower case) Prefetch, this must be
added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex
PrefetchTail, this must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex
26. Disable Disc Indexing Service
Right Click Start Explorer Right Click Each Disc Properties Untick "Allow Indexing Service to index this disc for fast file searching"
27. Swap File Tweak For Users with 256 MB RAM or more this tweak will boost their
Windows- Music and Game-Performance. What it does: It tells Windows not to use any Swap
File until there is really no more free RAM left. Open the System Configuration Utility
\l by typing msconfig.exe in the RUN command. There in your System.ini you have
to add "ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1" under the 386enh section. Restart your Windows
and enjoy better Music and game performance
28. To Disable Dr. Watson
Delete the AeDebug key
29. Windows Explorer caches DLLs (Dynamic-Link Libraries) in memory for a period of time after
the application using them has been closed. This can be an inefficient use of memory.
Create a new DWORD sub-key named
"AlwaysUnloadDLL" set to 1
Restart Windows for the change to take effect.
30.. If your using XP \l and a nvidea card and experiance the well known lockup
bug when trying to play games ect ect the following should fix the problem,
1. go to display properties\advanced\troubleshoot tab\then un check enable write
2.go to start\run\regedit\the to the following key
create the following dword LargePageMinimum set it to
ffffffff in the hexadecimal which will = 4294967295 in value -- reboot \l
3.try setting the agp \l apeture to 128MB loacated in bios \l settings
31. avi files causing high cpu usage again with installation of XP SP1 & SP2
To correct the misbehavior in Windows XP, remove the following registry key.
This will prevent Explorer from loading shmedia.dll in response to file property queries
on these files. This will not effect your ability to play files, get file attributes, or even
view thumbnails . I really think Microsoft is trying to make sure people only use mpeg
32. Fix problems with USB DSL/Cable modems ( this is good for midi
contolers,Keydoards,audio & midi Interface , ANY Hardware Interface i.e :usb dat , midi
controlers and so on. a few prob was fix here... for example :Audio drop outs , midi &
audio conflicts, Lost midi mappings, Harddrive fails (extrernal usb harddrives
Some usb dsl/cable modems may get disconnected after a little while. A possible reason
that could cause this problem is that in windows xp there is an option that allows the
computer to turn off a usb device to save power. To disable this option:
1) click start, highlight my computer, right click and select properties and a window will
pop up l with the system properties
2) click on the hardware tab and press the device manager button
3) expand the universal serial bus controllers
4) Double click on the USB Root Hub .
5)Select the Power Management tab and UNTICK the "allow the computer to turn off the
device to save power"
If you have more than one USB Root Hub, then you should apply the steps to each one of
That's it, you won't need to restart the computer!
33. Make icons in windows appear quicker
In Windows XP everytime you open My Computer to browse folders XP automatically
searches for network files and printers . This causes a delay in displaying your icons.
You probably see the "default" windows icon and as you scroll it changes to the correct
icon. This is how to stop that...
1. Open My Computer
2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
3. Under Folder Options select the view tab.
4. Uncheck the very first box that reads "Automatically search for network folders and
5. Click "Apply" or "OK"
You should see a dramatic increase in speed when Windows displays your icons.
34.Enabling L2 Cache for Windows 2000/XP
Open regedit and navigate to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSe ssion ManagerMemory Management Double-click on "SecondLevelDataCache" in the right pane and select "decimal", and enter the value 256.
Deep Tweaks for Geeks
* It is possible to boost overall system performance by increasing the IRQ priority of the CMOS real-time clock with the following Registry change.
copy this: REGEDIT4 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlPr iorityControl] 'IRQ8Priority'=dword:00000001
Paste it into a text editor such as Notepad or Wordpad. Save the file as whatever name you want, perhaps boost_irq_priority with a .reg file extension e.g. boost_irq_priority.reg - you can now close the text-editor and simply double-click on the file you just created to enter the information into the registry. To undo this tweak, repeat the procedure but copy this instead into the text file: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlPr iorityControl] 'IRQ8Priority'=dword:00000000
You should find that your overall system performance increases from this tweak.
* Go to Start- Run and type system.ini - a notepad will be launched containing the system.ini file. Adding the following line to your system.ini file makes the system use RAM more often rather than the virtual memory:
After the [386 Enh] tag add ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1 It should look like this:
[386 Enh] tag add ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1
This improves system performance since RAM is much faster than the hard-disk. (note: do not use this option if you have less than 128MB of RAM installed) By the way if you DO have less than 128MB of RAM you shouldn?t even be here. The first thing you should do in order to optimize the performance of your computer is have at least 256MB.
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Control Panel Administrative Tools:
Double Click on Services
Here is a list of what I have disabled. Keep in mind my machine doesn't touch the internet
or a network in any way. If you have an NIC or modem of any sort, I specified which ones
and what settings with I=Internet and A=Automatic
Well it?s a considerable list and it gives you a good idea how much of Windows XP is not needed for DAW operation. Trimming all this will certainly make your DAW a lot leaner and should help performance significantly.
Application Layer Gateway Service Disabled (Manual)
Application Management AppMgmt Manual
Automatic Updates Disabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Service Disabled (automatic)
COM+ Event System EventSystem Disabled
COM+ System Application Disabled
Computer Browser Disabled
Cryptographic Services Disabled
DHCP Client Disabled (IA)
Distributed Link Tracking Client Disabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinator Disabled
DNS Client Disabled (IA)
Error Reporting Service Disabled
Event Log Automatic
Fast User Switching Compatibility Disabled
Fax Service Disabled
Help and Support Disabled
Human Interface Device Access Disabled
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Manual
Indexing Service Disabled
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Disabled
Internet Connection Sharing Disabled
IPSEC Services PolicyAgent Disabled
Logical Disk Manager Manual
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Disabled
Net Login Disabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Disabled
Network Connections Manual (Automatic) IA
Network DDE Disabled
Network DDE DSDM Disabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA/ IA) Disabled
Network Provisioning Service Disabled
NT LM Security Support Provider Disabled
Performance Logs and Alerts Disabled
Plug and Play PlugPlay Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number Disabled
Print Spooler Disabled
Protected Storage Disabled
QoS RSVP Disabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Disabled
Remote Access Connection Manager Disabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Disabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual
Remote Registry Service Disabled
Removable Storage Disabled
Routing and Remote Access Disabled
Secondary Logon s Disabled
Security Accounts Manager Disabled
Security Center Disabled
Shell Hardware Detection Automatic (dvd)
Smart Card Disabled
Smart Card Helper Disabled
SSDP Discovery Service Disabled
System Event Notification Disabled
System Restore Service Disabled
Task Scheduler Schedule Disabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service Disabled (IA)
Terminal Services Disabled
Uninterruptible Power Supply Disabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Host Disabled
Upload Manager Disabled
Volume Shadow Copy Disabled
Windows Audio Automatic
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Disabled
Windows Installer Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Manual
Windows Time Disabled
Windows User Mode Driver Framework Disabled
Wireless Zero Configuration Disabled
WMI Performance Adapter Disabled
Once you have set all of these close out of the services and restart
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