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Max Power

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First thing, is there a way to make the System Configuration Utility window larger? Why does microsoft put a limit on some widow sizes? Anyway, on to the more important stuff:

What things can I disable / uncheck in the different submenus?

How do I know what I can disable in the SYSTEM.INI menu or WIN.INI or BOOT.INI and especially in the Services menu? I've got the Startup menu figured out... the rest I need some advice on please. :whistling:
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what exactly are you trying to accomplish here? as a general note...don't touch anything in the boot.ini unless you know what you're doing and you know that it will get you what you want (i can't see a reason for you to modify boot.ini on a working computer)
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I want to speed up the performance of my system. I recently installed Norton Antivirus and it takes forever now for windows to load and be ready for use.

I already went through the XP tweaks that is pinned in one of these posts on this forum. I want better.

Not to be patronizing but I didn't ask for advice solely on Boot.ini. If I don't have to touch it, good.

What about the others?
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I want to speed up the performance of my system. I recently installed Norton Antivirus and it takes forever now for windows to load and be ready for use

make sure that norton isn't set to do a startup scan...this can slow down startups


the reason i stressed the boot.ini first is because...well it's a simple deal...don't monkey with it...

there's not going to be much (if anything that you can really modify in either system or win that's going to help speed up startup....as the things that load in startup are the ones taht are going to slow you down....the stuff in system and win.ini are more services and things that windows uses to run (some programs will put stuff here as well..)...most of the things that are in these tabs are going to be "required" for one reason or another...

if you notice pretty much everything in system.ini is driver related...so you start messing around in there...and well...things will stop working

win.ini holds things that control how windows handles certain things and alot of the internal functions...not really something to mess with


as i said above...these two tabs arent' going to effect startup speed much if any
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Okay, that is useful. What if I see entries in regards to programs I don't even have? I'm sure it would be okay to delete those, no?

So what about under the Services tab? What can I enable / disable there?

Is this trustworthy: http://i.i.com.com/c...be_disabled.pdf

Edited by Max Power, 26 October 2006 - 02:02 PM.

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Just an ider but why dont you use a diffrent more reasorce friendly AV scanner. I would in a computer shop as a computer tec and we always unistall norton/mkaffe and install the following programs.
1. Spybot
2. Ad-Aware
3. AVG Anti-virus
4. Windows Defender

These work great and dont slow down your system, and as for a services go try google they have load of good pages.
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Well, I recently paid for 2 years membership with Norton so I'm gonna use it until it's up. After that I'll consider using all the free stuff.
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Ok well out of those only AVG in anti-virus use the other 3 too as the ace and for more spyware/adware/malware.
As for speeding up your system how much RAM do you have and what size page file do you have?
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I have 512 MB of RAM. I have 1024 MB page file.
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Well then allthough you might not like it norton will slow down your system epecily when it startes up, however you may way to use bootvis (from microsoft) just to make sure that your drivers are making it even more slow as they may need updating/changing for best speed.
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How do I use Bootvis?
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The should be a read me with it if not for a walkthrough ask google.
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