Waambulance's Performance Tweaking Guide

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Chris Wierts

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01-24-2010

Chris Wierts' Performance Tweaking Guide

So you want to increase the performance of your PC. Of course you do, who wouldn't want a free performance increase? If Registry Edits, Services and other PC tweaking scare you, then this guide isn't for you. I'm going to try and make this guide as beginner friendly as possible.


Table of Contents

  • General Maintenance
  • Windows Tweaks


General Maintenance


Defraggler - http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
CCleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/update
Spybot Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

If you haven't already installed/ran these, do it in this order: CCleaner, Spybot S&D, Defraggler.

Be sure to regularly do these scans and defrags, as it does make a difference in computer performance.


Windows Tweaks


Make sure to have all Windows Service Packs and Updates installed, these will help protect you against loopholes that malware use to infect your system. I'm going to break these tweaks up into 2 parts, for XP and Vista/7.

Classic Mode:

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Originally Posted by Windows XP

1. Right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop or in your start panel and select 2 2. Properties.
3. Next, Click on the Advanced tab and hit the setting button under performance.
4. On the visual effects tab, select Adjust for Best Performance and hit OK.
5. Click OK once more to exit system properties.
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Originally Posted by Windows Vista/7

1. Right click on the Desktop and select Personalize.
2. Click Windows Classic theme.
Disable File Indexing/Windows Search:

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Originally Posted by Windows XP

1. Go to the Control Panel and click Add/Remove Programs.
2. Click the Add/Remove Window Components.
3. Uncheck the Indexing services and click next.
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Originally Posted by Windows Vista/7

1. Win Key + R, type services.msc and press Enter.
2. Right click on Windows Search, and select Properties.
3. Click Stop.
4. Select Disabled from the drop down box.
5. Click OK.

1. Right click your Hard Drive in My Computer.
2. Click Properties.
3. Uncheck Index this drive for faster searching.
4. Click OK.
Disable Disk Performance Monitors:

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Originally Posted by Windows XP

Win Key + R > DISKPERF -N
Disable Unnecessary Services:

If you're lazy, or don't want to "risk" anything: Gamebooster


"Risk" takers:
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Originally Posted by Windows XP
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Originally Posted by Windows Vista/7
Disable Prefetch:

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Originally Posted by Windows XP

1. Win Key + R > regedit.exe
2. Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters\EnablePrefetcher]
3. Set the value to 0 and click OK.
4. Reboot.
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Originally Posted by Windows Vista/7

1. Win Key + R > services.msc
2. Right click on SuperFetch, and select Properties.
3. Click Stop.
4. Select Disabled from the drop down box.
5. Click OK and reboot.
Properly Sized Page File:

This step depends entirely on how much RAM your PC has. If you've got 2.5GB+ of RAM, you'll want to set your Page File to 1GB. Anything less than 2.5GB, set the Page File to 2GB.


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Originally Posted by Windows XP

1. Right Click My Computer.
2. Select Properties.
3. On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
4. On the Advanced tab, under Virtual memory, click Change.
5. Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.
5. Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size, and type a new paging file size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.
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Originally Posted by Windows Vista/7

1. Right click Computer, click Properties.
2. Advanced System Settings > Advanced Tab > Performance Settings > Advanced > Change > Uncheck Automatically Manage Page File size for all drives > Custom Size > 1000MB in both fields.


Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this guide, thank you for reading!


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Chris Wierts

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01-24-2010

Reserving for additional guide space.


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HeyJon

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01-25-2010

is this safe to do ? waam


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Chris Wierts

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01-25-2010

It's safe to do if you follow my steps closely. Like I said, if you don't feel comfortable doing this guide, then don't do it.


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RyuuKitten

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01-25-2010

The problem is, while it may shave a few seconds off your load time.. it doesn't do anything about the tool with a 133 that takes forever.


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Chris Wierts

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01-25-2010

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The problem is, while it may shave a few seconds off your load time.. it doesn't do anything about the tool with a 133 that takes forever.
Nobody's playing this game with a 133. >_>


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RyuuKitten

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01-25-2010

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Nobody's playing this game with a 133. >_>
whoooosh


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Shizz

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01-25-2010

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Nobody's playing this game with a 133. >_>
I know this is offtopic, but are you related to Whambulance in any way?


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Chris Wierts

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01-25-2010

Nope, never heard of them.


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Soulrik

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01-25-2010

Generally, all the tips/advice the OP listed WILL WORK to boost your gaming experience (boost results will vary depending on your PC specs).

But if your PC is also used for non-gaming purposes (like a lot of times) and, especially, if you're sharing it with other non-gaming user(s), BE VERY CAREFUL with any tweaks that you are going to use.

Personally, I would use the "Properly Sized Page File" tip because this one enhances overall performance of the PC with any application/program. And for playing LoL, the "Decrease Load Times" under the LoL Tweaks would absolutely reduce loading times whether it be at the start of a match or when you get disconnected from the game (for any reason whatsoever) and you just have to get back in there ASAP.