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How to Optimize Windows XP for Audio Recording

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Jbrax, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

    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..
  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    What forum?
  3. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

  4. gentlevoice

    gentlevoice Active Member

    Hey Jerry - can I ask you where "Most or all of these are in the services area in side administartive tools" is more exactly?


  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Go to "Run" and type MSCONFIG.

    Under services, disable all the ones listed.

    When you restart your machine, make sure you tell it "Okay" and check the box telling you not to warn you about this again.

    Also, disable any and all hardware which is not being used by going to your Device Manager and disabling things such as onboard sound, NICs, Card Readers, etc...

    You can set up hardware profiles to make it more easy to cope with. I've done one for Internet Ready (enables both the NIC and the WIFI card as well as the memory card slots) and one "Stripped" with nothing but the essentials enabled.

    This way, if I need to access the Internet for updates, etc., it's only about 30 seconds away.

  6. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

    Jeremy has got a good point there..

    I usally go the hard way there .. Control panel /admintools/ services..
  7. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

  8. Doomith

    Doomith Guest

    This should probably be stickied ?
  9. I'd suggest doing service configurations via the "hard way" as Jerry mentioned: (in classic view) Control panel ---> Administrative Tools ---> Services

    I've heard it said that this is the most secure and effective way of making changes, as MSCONFIG has a habit of resetting itself.

    Jerry, would you recommend all of these settings for multi-use and internet-enabled systems? I'm in the middle of a slew of tornado storms so I'll compare my settings with these when I get the chance.
  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    They shouldn't.

    Unless when you restart the machine and you get the indicator message, you don't read it and hit the wrong buttons.
  11. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Ahhh, one of the main reasons my friends and family call me for computer help!


    Stop with the P2P, sis! No dude, the Gator, Google, Weatherbug, xxx hot ass vid search toolbar doesn't help you! Mom, I said install Ad-aware, not Adware! Stick to friendly porn sites, Dad! Ya know, the ones on the list I gave you?

    They never listen!

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