Im a Mod on another forum and I made a sticky of this. These are the things I have done to my computer.. Here are 42 items you can disable In windows XP to optimzie your computer for audio recording. Most or all of these are in the services area in side administartive tools 1. Alerter 2. automatic Updates 3. clipboard 4. computer browser 5. Cryptographic services 6. Dist. Link 7. dist. Trans 8. error reporting services 9. event log 10. fast user switching 11. help & support 12. messenger 13. net metting remote 14. network DDE 15. NT LM security 16. perfromance logs 17. portable services 18. Print spooler 19. Protected storage 20. Remote any thing 20 tru 24 25. Secondary login 26. security accounts 27. Server 28. Smart card 29. smart card helper 30. System Notification 31. System Restore 32. Task scheduler 33. telephony 34. telnet 35. terminal services 36. Themes 37. upload manager 38. Volume shadow copy 39. Web Client 40. Windows image aquire 41. Window user mode 42. Wireless Zero.. Also No screen savers or sleep mode turn all those off in properties of your screen. Hope this helps some of you out.. Use this as a guide and not a definite. even tho this is what I have disabled on my computer.. Now if your going to have a dedicated PC for recording with no internet attached there are plenty more sevices that can be disabled..