Windows XP Pro and dedicated DAW tweaks

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Geordie, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Geordie

    Geordie Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    First time poster here. I am configuring a fresh Windows XP install on my dedicated DAW (its the LEONI machine from EQ mag a while back - dual AMD MP system).

    I've read websites such as and found lots of valuable tips there. However, in this forum, I'm sure there are many of you who have put some of these tips into practice and streamlined their install of XP for audio recording.

    I was wondering if there is a list of tweaks, removed components, disabled background services etc...that has been tried and tested by some of the forum members. I am trying to pre-configure my windows install using nlite before I actually set everything up and was wondering what to remove and what to keep.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, as is all the advice you guys provide with your posts.


  2. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

  3. Geordie

    Geordie Guest

    Thanks Vince..........just what I was looking for.........


  4. GregP

    GregP Guest

    I personally wouldn't bother with most tweaks. Your machine is plenty powerful. Most people developed those intensive tweaks when a 256MB Athlon T-Bird 1000 machine was considered an 'average' computer.

    The way I see it, with a few exceptions (you GOTTA turn off system restore and set up a static-sized pagefile!), it's kind of like ironing out the wrinkles from the armpits of a dress shirt. Sure, you kind of want to do it since you're ironing your shirt anyhow. But you'll never notice the difference except in your mind. If you have spare time, tweaking and machine configuring is actually kind of a fun hobby in some ways, but if you'd rather do other things with your time I wouldn't go overboard.

  5. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Indeed, tweaking can become a kind've pass-time, all on it's own..! Fun! Downright befuddled the "Cable Guy's", when they tried to put hi-speed ISP on my machine... I finally had to step in and tell them I had disabled some "services"("You disabled services?!?!?!" -- they couldn't believe it!) and re-enable them so it would work.

    Right-o, though. All one really needs to do is MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OFF!(Which can be a pass-time in itself and not quite so fun...). Finding and turning off all the "running'" things can be downright annoying.

    One sure thing to do is to install a "complete" backup system! Then, one doesn't loose all those hard-found tweaks with every minor/major crash... AND, if one does a "tweak"(Or anything else - software addition?) one doesn't like, it's so much easier to hit "restore", than it is to try to uninstall the entire whatever which is generally as near to "impossibility" as computer life gets.

  6. slowjett

    slowjett Guest
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