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Don't Disable Igfxtray And Hkcmd On Startup


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Smokey

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I saw on a "startup items" website that said that you should disable "igfxtray" and "hkcmd" on the startup list. Well I did what they said and disaster almost happened, again. I would get a blue screen on startup that said "igfxtray" failed to initalize or something like that. I got through the startup one time and immediately enabled "igfxtray" and "hkcmd". The problem then stopped. This is to tell people out there don't disable these startup items. This is how my old Dell died. I have a new Dell now, and the problem might be just for Dells, but I don't know.

Edited by nathanhuth, 13 January 2004 - 07:49 PM.

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Thanks for the heads up nathanhuth <_<

[soapbox] If you're running Windows XP, I'd really recommend against changing any registry settings, installing performance improvement programs, or attempting any tweaks (except for Power Toys for Windows XP from Microsoft).

While it's true older versions of Windows did a poor job of managing memory, weren't designed for broadband, and had a wide selection of useful tweaks that's just not the case with XP. It does a very good with all of the above, and I've yet to find a performance tweak that makes an appreciable difference. Just my two and half cents. [/soapbox]
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I have told the website of my troubles. I thought that the "SecondLevelDataCache' registry tweak was a good one. I though it would make your system realize that it had second level cache. The preset is 0. I changed mine to 512. Is this a valid tweak? It has at least caused no problems with me. It is the only registry tweak I have used.

"HKLM/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Session Manager/MemoryManagement"

Edited by nathanhuth, 13 January 2004 - 09:14 PM.

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I thought that the "SecondLevelDataCache' registry tweak was a good one. I though it would make your system realize that it had second level cache. The preset is 0. I changed mine to 512. Is this a valid tweak?


Nope, but it shouldn't casue any trouble that I'm aware of. This is the one for AMD systems, correct? It get's a lot of attention, especially by people that "seem to know". But, it has no affect on your system. Don't just believe me, show me any benchmark that shows any improvement using it. <_<

Here's a good article on this tweak
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Hey geeks,

This seems a bit old, but we still use Intel, so this is still relevant.

For anyone inexperienced (and even for elders!) some advice:

  • if making changes, commit changes ONE BY ONE. Save, restart if necessary. Test
  • Google!
  • remember what you've done, and don't do anything unless you THINK YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING>


I found this page because I have my 'new OS' (installed windows 7 ultimate 64-bit, clean install, virtual OS on 'bare metal') I'm setting up after my last one (hundreds of hours of tweaks :( all gone...) died (sector 0 failed on new SSD).

So I'm looking at tips, removing what I think I don't need.
If using something like ccleaner/tune-up, disable.
If you have a problem, hit f8 and try last known good (auto backup created)
Unless you're CERTAIN you don't need it, leave system protection on, maybe create a restore point before committing significant/experimental changes.

I wanted to add this, because the 'jist' of this thread said to me, "don't remove startup entry igfxtray.exe.. Áause it'll kill your computer".

I think this is wrong.

I don't remember this many startup entries previously, but I did follow the driver installation order for my machine for the first time. I have intel stuff, nvidia stuff, nvidia 3d stuff, I even installed the wi-di drivers (I hope to get chance to use them soon!)

My startup entries include:
[intel]
C:\Windows\system32\igfxtray.exe (display setting)
C:\Windows\system32\hkcmd.exe (shortcut support)
C:\Windows\system32\igfxpers.exe (screen res program)
[audio]
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVBg64.exe /MAXX3 (hd audio background process)
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkNGUI64.exe -s (realtek audio program)

quickset (for dell hotkeys) I keep on. java updater (jusched.exe) I'm tempted to leave on (out-of-date java is a big security threat)
nusb3mon (usb 3 controller driver) currently enabled...

In the past, I've tried disabling everything (incrementally). I even disable my intel graphics card once (don't do that, unless you don't use your laptop display, or you know what you're doing).

My problem is, I don't ASSUME anyone has 'the right answer'(all the info). I like to test things, and evaluate the results myself.

So, I don't NEED hotkeys to control display settings, so I'm disabling anything that isn't needed...

my advice: read, learn, backup, test, decide. Thanks!
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ps, good places for references

http://www.bleepingc...y.exe-2147.html
and
http://www.neuber.co...fxtray.exe.html (like the inclusion of user ratings)
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@ Jonny Hotchkiss

I just wish we all had that wisdom..

Thank you !


Edited by Bungle in a jungle, 12 December 2013 - 08:52 PM.

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Just a fyi. I disable all three of them on every XP computer I work on, never had a problem.

igfxtray.exe, hkcmd.exe, igfxpers.exe
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