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Old 07-25-2002, 04:27 PM
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Disabling AutoPlay CD

From: XP and AutoPlay


posted July 25, 2002 08:41 AM

You need to edit registry in WinXP to do that...
Explained here;
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/ 6/

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posted July 25, 2002 10:03 AM

you can do it by editing the registry if you like but there is another way if you don't like registry tweaking.

Open My Computer. Right-click your CD Drive and select properties. Click the AutoPlay tab. Click Select an action to perform. Select Take no action. Click Apply and perform these steps for each of the file catagories in the pulldown at the top.


posted July 25, 2002 10:39 AM

Also, the first time you pop in a CD in XP, you get a dialog asking what action to take in the future. When you choose "Take No Action", you are disabling autoplay


posted July 25, 2002 12:54 PM

You don't need to edit the registry. Download
Tw eak UI for XP and install it. It's got all kinds of cool settings in it. One of which is the ability to turn of autodetect on any or all drives.

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Old 07-25-2002, 04:54 PM
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USB drivers

From: A7V333 Configuration?? I Need Help!!


posted July 24, 2002 10:33 PM

I got my system running again, but it is still slow as ever. It is pretty sad when my p3 933 could beat it running win me! Either XP has some serious issues or I'm retarded at configuring it.
Here is what I'm running:

1GB Samsung 2700
13GB 7200 66 Fujitsu
40GB 7200 133 Maxtor
Geforce 256

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posted July 24, 2002 10:50 PM

I just built one of those myself. You have to install the usb driver that came on the disc with the m/b or else you're screwed.

see also: XP settings and req's

good luck, I think you'll be fine.


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Old 07-25-2002, 05:04 PM
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Installing the WaveDriver in XP

From: A7V333 Configuration?? I Need Help!!


posted July 25, 2002 03:26 AM

You do know you have to download ptle 5.3.1 and the wave-driver to get ptle working under winXP...?


posted July 25, 2002 04:09 AM

Thanx. As far as I know multimedia driver is not needed to run PTLE 5.3.1. PTLE instaler installs direct i/o driver - files named dalwdm.sys and .inf. When I try to install multimedia driver system says that the best driver for digi is already installed.

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c y b e r s t u d i o


Steve Moore
posted July 25, 2002 05:50 PM

I am using PTLE 5.3.1 without the Wavedriver. It is needed only for external sources I believe. Depending on what outside files you are using you may or may not need this file to run PTLE. I recommend NOT intalling it unless it becomes necessary. I would think any unused driver would be wasting resources.

I am sure there are more knowledgeable folks here who can shed some additional light on the subject.

Steve Moore


posted July 25, 2002 10:51 AM

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You can download the current wavdriver here:
WaveDriver v5.3.1 for Windows 2000 and Windows XP
<a href="http://www.digidesign.com/download/winup.html" target="_blank">http://www.digidesign.com/download/winup.html[/UR L]

I remember having to follow the installation instructions very closely to get the wav driver working. Follow these to the letter:

Installation Instructions

To install the Digidesign WaveDriver:

1 Install Pro Tools or Pro Tools LE and restart your computer.

2 Launch any Pro Tools or Pro Tools LE session to verify that Pro Tools or Pro Tools LE is working correctly.

3 Quit Pro Tools or Pro Tools LE.

4 From the Start menu, choose Settings > Control Panel.

5 Double-click Add Hardware.

6 Click Next.

7 Select Add a New Device and click Next.

8 Select “Yes, I have already connected the hardware” and click Next.

9 Select “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list” and click Next.

10 Select “Sound, video and game controllers” and click Next.

11 Click on Have Disk....

12 Browse to the location of the driver, select the oemsetup.inf file, and click OK.

13 Click Next.

14 If the “Digital Signature” warning dialog appears, click Yes.

15 Click Next.

The Digidesign WaveDriver Settings dialog will automatically open.

16 Click the Advanced button to open the I/O Setup dialog. (See How to Change WaveDriver Settings below for more infor-mation
about these dialogs.)

17 Click the A: No Interface tab.

18 Select your Pro Tools hardware for the Peripheral Type.

19 Make any other desired settings in the I/O Setup dialog.

20 Click OK to close the I/O Setup dialog.

21 Click OK to close the WaveDriver Settings dialog.

22 Restart Windows when prompted.

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posted July 25, 2002

For more information on using the wavedriver in XP see this thread:

XP Pro dosn't see 001 as soundcard. Help!
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Old 07-25-2002, 05:42 PM
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Software Compatibility Issues on XP

For software compatibility issues including Logic 5, VST, etc. click here: Digi001 / XP / Protools
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Old 07-25-2002, 05:47 PM
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Swap Files

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posted July 18, 2002 10:19 PM

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I'm curious about altering my swap file.......ANY SUGGESTIONS?


posted July 18, 2002 10:43 PM

Turn the swap file off completely for a while and see if it causes you any problems. If it doesn't, then you don't need it.

I don't turn mine off even though I can run without it with no problems. I've got mine set at MIN 382 and MAX 382 (XP Home recommended that number so I used it). I've got 256MB RAM. In Win9x I always used a 256MB swap file. I've never had any problems in either OS due to swap file settings.

Basically you don't need to bother with the swap file at all. It works fine at its default settings. I just mess with it because I don't like a dynamic swap file. I don't really think it makes a heck of a lot of difference either way myself.

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Old 07-25-2002, 06:05 PM
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Why not just use one or both of these programs:



Customizer XP

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Old 07-25-2002, 07:03 PM
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General optimization of XP



posted June 21, 2002 07:48 AM

Okay, we might as well start putting together all the tweaks and optimizations for

PT 5.3 on WinXP. These are in addition to the standard tips provided by Digidesign, which I won't list here. So here goes:

1. (For users who do a lot of Mac-PC cross platform session work)Use NTFS file system--while defragging is slower than FAT32 and no backward compatibility with Win98, Me, etc. and there is no performance benefit to NTFS with respect to audio, one nice benefit of NTFS is that NTFS can read the "resource fork" of SDII files from MacOS and therefore recognize and retain the timecode stamps used in these files. FAT32 can't do this.

2. Disable ACPI by going into > start > control panel > system > hardware > device manager > computer > Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) > driver > update driver > "install from a list or specific location"
> "Don't search. i will choose..." > choose standard PC

This will resolve some potential IRQ conflicts that can plague audio machines.

3. Download and install the latest Microsoft XP patches and updates.

4. Disable Windows Messenger (big resource hog) by right clicking its icon in the taskbar tray, select open, go to Tools menu, select Options/Preferences and uncheck "Run this program when Windows starts"

5. Eliminate any desktop background or wallpaper, which require Active Desktop to be activated, which use more resources. Right click on the desktop, select Properties, Desktop tab, and select (None) in the Background field to remove the background.

Next disable visual effects by selecting the Appearance tab, click the Effects button and disable "Use transition effects" and "Show window contents while dragging".

Next select the Settings tab and set your display color quality to 16 bit. Higher bit depths detract from audio performance since Windows needs to allocate more resources to screen redraws.

Next select the Screen Saver tab and select None. On the same page, select monitor power saving options and deactivate hibernate mode (set to Never). Also deactivate automatic power down mode for hard disks.

6. Turn off system restore by going into the Control Panel > System > system restore tab, then check "turn off system restore on all drives". If you do this tweak make sure you regularly do manual backups of your files and data, as XP will no longer automatically do any.

Still under Control Panel/System, select the Advanced tab. Click Performance settings button and select the Visual Effects tab. Choose "adjust for best performance" and then select the Advanced tab. Under Processor Settings, select "adjust for best performance of background services".

7. Disable fast user switching by going into the Control Panel > User Accounts, click on "Change the way users log on and off" and uncheck "fast user switching".

8. Disable any unneeded system services, being careful not to disable any needed services by XP. Go to http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/winxp_services/ index.shtml for a good step by step.

9. Disable disk I/O performance logging, which will free up some resources. Go to the Start menu, select Run and type "diskperf -n" (without the quotes) and click OK.

10. Disable write-behind caching, which will increase performance by writing data immediately to disk. Go to Control Panel > System, select Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button. Click the "plus" sign next to Disk Drives and select a drive. Choose properties and uncheck "Write Cache Enabled". Repeat for all drives.

Zach Ziskin
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Spectrum Recording Studios
Pompano Beach, FL


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posted June 21, 2002 05:54 PM


Well Folks...It's that time again..A new OS..a New Tweak Guide.
This one is going to be pretty in-depth and requires some
Registry Editing and other fun stuff of the sorts!
This is what I do. Install OS, Install all hardware drivers, Tweak OS
and then install software.
So..here we go

First thing is the installation.
When you see the installation tell you to
press F6(Third Party SCSI or RAID Drivers)
press F5 instead. You will see
Press F2 for Automated System Recovery(DONT press F2)
Right after that you will see a list
Press the UP arrow key twice to highlight Standard PC
Hit Enter..
Hit Enter to Continue
Hit F8 saying you agree(legal stuff ya know!)
Now, if this is an existing OS of say Win2k or a previous install
of XP you will see options for:
Esc=Don't Repair; R=Repair F3 to Quit
Well, we're doing a fresh install so we want to hit
Esc for Don't Repair
Now, you'll see your drives and partitions here..
If you have Two "physical" drives it will show you these drives as
C and D
Highlight C Drive
If you had an existing Install from any other OS press
D for Delete Partition.
Press Enter to Continue
Press L for Delete

Now, we're back at the drive selection screen again and this time
we see Unpartioned space.
Highlite the drive you want to install XP onto
Press Enter to Install
Now we have to decide what File System do we use...NTFS or FAT32
Here's the lowdown.. I'm going to steal someone else's words here...

Daniel Keller from Tascam wrote this little blurb about NTFS Vs FAT32
I find this stuff very intriguing and indeed do agree!
__________________________________________________ ___________________

Tascam's Win2k/XP Document
"FAT32 vs. NTFS

You have the option under W2k and XP to choose the file system that
best suits your needs, FAT or NTFS. FAT (File Allocation Table) is
the native file system based on the Windows 9x kernel
(including 95, 95a, 95b, 95c, 98, 98se and ME). NTFS (New Technology
File System) is the native file system for operating systems based
on the Windows NT kernel (including NT4, 2000 and XP). During the
installation, Win2K or XP will ask if you want to convert the
installation partition to NTFS. If you need compatibility for
Windows 98 - especially if you want to dual-boot - don't convert.

While NTFS offers a number of improvements over FAT32, most of these
advantages are not all that applicable to audio, and you are unlikely
to see a major performance difference between the two. Moreover,
defragmenting your drives (something you should do on a regular basis
anyway) is substantially quicker in FAT32. Be aware that
Windows 9x cannot read data on NTFS-formatted drives. Generally
speaking, you should use FAT32 if you are doing a parallel installation
with Windows 9x/ME, or if you will need to work with files created
with a FAT32 system (opening old song files, working with others
using FAT32-based systems, etc.) leave everything with FAT32.

One exception would be if you'll be working with video or other large
files in excess of 4GB; or if you also use your PC to browse the
internet or the computer is part of a LAN running XP Professional.
Only NTFS can limit access rights to your files and therefore provide
the security needed for a networked computer. In this case, select NTFS
for all partitions except those which are to accommodate your audio
data later.

One other interesting point: NTFS can read the "resource fork" of SDII
files from MacOS, and can therefore recognize the timecode stamps used
in these files; FAT(32) can't do this. If you do a lot of work with
ProTools or other MacOS-based DAW applications, you should consider at
least one NTFS partition in your system. (Note that this does not imply
that your NTFS-based system can mount/read from a MacOS drive; simply
that individual SDII files imported to an NTFS drive will retain their
time-stamp information.)"

"End Tascam excerpt"
__________________________________________________ _____________________

Most DAW users tend to go with NTFS file systems for the OS drives
due to more stability and more security plus larger disk support.
FAT32 for the data drives. I've done both and don't see a performance
difference either way.
Windows will begin it's file copying, once it's done it will restart
your machine. It's a good idea from here to enter into the BIOS to stop
the CD-ROM from being the first boot device Set the Hard Drive as the
main boot. Also locate the Parellel Port mode in the BIOS and set it to
EPP(Enhanced Parellel Port) This option is for those using copy protection
devices for Cubase, Nuendo or Logic only! When you disable the Portable
Serial Number service and have the Parellel Port set to ECP the copy
protection key or "dongle" will not be found. Switching this to EPP fixes
that issue.
Exit out and restart to begin the XP installation
Enter your Name and Organization(If Applicable..you can leave it blank)
Enter your Windows Key
Name your computer!
Hit Next
Continue Installation
If you have a NIC card it will ask you what type of Installation do you
want to choose Typical or Custom
Do Typical for faster install

Ok. so now we have a fresh install of Windows XP.

When XP starts up every time you get that annoying Take the XP Tour
pop up..click on it to open the tour..once in the tour simply exit
out and it wont open up anymore.
Also Messenger starts up at the windows load up but we can
get rid of that in no time at all..
Start Menu>Run
Type this in "exactly as it is here:
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\
Hit Enter...you will see a dos like shell appear and disappear very
quickly and then it will ask you to restart.

Or if you just want to stop it from loading:
Double click on the Messenger icon in the system tray to open it.
Skip through the internet and sign up stuff, just cancel it.
When Messenger loads go to tools and Options then Preferences and
uncheck 'Run this program when windows starts'

Now...get rid of that Fisher Price look and go back to Classic Windows
interface. It's better for system performance when using as little colors
or graphics as possible:

Right-click on your desktop, and then click Properties.
Click on Themes tab
Set Themes to Windows Classic

Click on the Screen Saver tab
Set Screensaver to None
Press the Power button near the bottom

Power Schemes..you can have the monitor turn off but set Turn Hard Drives
off to NEVER Hibernate..If this is Enabled uncheck it. This is mainly for
Laptops but uses a very large chunk of data.(I've seen this not show up
on the first boot of XP..when you restart it will be there but it's

APM..Enabling this will allow your computer to shut down properly when in
Standard PC mode
Hit OK
Click the Appearance tab.
On the Windows and Buttons menu, select Windows Classic
Press Effect button
Deselect all options.
Hit OK
Click the Settings tab
Set your bit depth to 16Bit. This is optimal for Audio machines due to
less colors for video drawback which in turn gives you better audio

Also do this for the Start Menu:

Right-click the Start button, and then click Properties.
Click Classic Start menu.
Click the Customize button to select items to display on the Start menu.
By default, selecting the Classic Start menu also adds the
My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places, and Internet Explorer icons
to your desktop.

Right Click My Computer and select Properties:
System Restore tab:
Check the Turn System Restore on all drives.
Automatic Updates tab:
Turn Off Automatic Updates.
Remote tab:
Uncheck all options to turn off Remote Assistance.
Advanced tab:
Press Settings tab under Performance
Visual Affects tab:
set to Adjust for Best Performance.
Advanced tab:
Processor Scheduling:
Set this for Background Services
Memory Usage:
Set this for System Cache(**See Note Below**)
Virtual Memory:
Press Change...
Depending on how much RAM you actually have is what
you are going to enter here
If you have 256MB RAM set this to 512 for Min and Max
If you have 512MB RAM or higher set this to 384 for
Min and Max

Restart your machine at this point in time...
When you come back the first thing you should do is defrag the main drive
even if it doesn't say it needs it. This way the swap file has been truly
set and you're ready to continue.

*Using the System Cache setting with a Universal Audio Card is not reccomended
*as it will effect overall performance with the card.******

Now is the time to Install your hardware drivers if you haven't done it
already. It makes no difference what order you install the drivers in.

Turn off CD AutoPlay
Go to Start->Run->gpedit.msc
Computer Config -> Administrative Template -> System
Double click Turn off AutoPlay
Enable it.

Control Panel>Double click Sounds and Audio Devices...Go to the Audio tab
Set the Playback and the Recording settings to either
Your built in soundcard or a SoundBlaster(If Applicable)
Check Only Use default devices down below
Go to the Sounds tab
Under Sound Scheme choose No Sounds
Press No to saving the previous Scheme
Hit Apply

Now we get to play with the services!

A little word about using the registry. The left hand side is your
hierarchy of Windows. Those are the "keys" so to speak. On the right hand
side are the "values" for those keys. Now, typically in a registry we have
a few types of values We have the String, Binary and a DWORD.
To create a new value simply right click in the "values" window and it will
come up with NEW and you will see your three options for values. Typically
all the values in this tweak are DWORD values and I think one Binary. Each
one is labeled as to what value it is. Also each value you create has
numbers and hexadecimal settings. Again,
each tweak here has the appropriate information on what and when to enter

Start Menu, Run...type in regedit and hit OK...
Hit the Drop menu for Registry and select Export Registry..
save this to another drive for safe keeping's.

Now, let's stop that annoying balloon from popping up from our system tray
This is a Registry Tweak we have to do..

Start menu>Run...type in regedit
Hkey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre nt Version
If enableballoontips is there set the value to 0
If it doesn't enter it in as a new DWORD and put the value to 0

What we want to do is turn off certain "services" that are running in the
background that we don't need while recording or playing out Audio Software.

Control Panel>Administrative Tools:
Double Click on Services
Here is a list of what I have disabled.
Keep in mind my machine doesn't touch the internet or a network in
any way If you have an NIC or modem of any sort I specified which
ones and what settings with I=Internet and A=Automatic

Alerter Disabled
Application Layer Gateway Service Disabled
Application Management AppMgmt Manual
Automatic Updates Disabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Service Disabled
ClipBook Disabled
COM+ Event System EventSystem Disabled
COM+ System Application Disabled
Computer Browser Disabled
Cryptographic Services Disabled
DHCP Client Disabled (IA)
Distributed Link Tracking Client Disabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinator Disabled
DNS Client Disabled (IA)
Error Reporting Service Disabled
Event Log Automatic
Fast User Switching Compatibility Disabled
Fax Service Disabled
Help and Support Disabled
Human Interface Device Access Disabled
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Manual
Indexing Service Disabled
Internet Connection Sharing Disabled
IPSEC Services PolicyAgent Disabled
Logical Disk Manager Manual
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual
Messenger Disabled
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Disabled
Net Login Disabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Disabled
Network Connections Manual
Network DDE Disabled
Network DDE DSDM Disabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA) Disabled
NT LM Security Support Provider Disabled
Performance Logs and Alerts Disabled
Plug and Play PlugPlay Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number Disabled
Print Spooler Disabled
Protected Storage Disabled
QoS RSVP Disabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Disabled
Remote Access Connection Manager Disabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Disabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual
Remote Registry Service Disabled
Removable Storage Disabled
Routing and Remote Access Disabled
Secondary Logon s Disabled
Security Accounts Manager Disabled
Server Disabled
Shell Hardware Detection Disabled
Smart Card Disabled
Smart Card Helper Disabled
SSDP Discovery Service Disabled
System Event Notification Disabled
System Restore Service Disabled
Task Scheduler Schedule Disabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service Disabled (IA)
Telephony Disabled
Telnet Disabled
Terminal Services Disabled
Themes Disabled
Uninterruptible Power Supply Disabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Host Disabled
Upload Manager Disabled
Volume Shadow Copy Disabled
WebClient Disabled
Windows Audio Automatic
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Disabled
Windows Installer Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Manual
Windows Time Disabled
Wireless Zero Configuration Disabled
WMI Performance Adapter Disabled
Workstation Automatic

Once you have set all of these close out of the services and restart

Do this for all NTFS drives:
Open My Computer>Right Click on Crive and select Properties.
Deselect Allow Indexing Servicing....Hit Apply
Select Apply Changes to C:\ subfolders and files
You might get a message that says Access Denied...press Ignore All

Now, click on the Hardware tab. Double click on your Main drive
Click on the Policies tab. Uncheck Write Cachine. This will help
your main drive read faster. Only do this for the main drive!

By default, Windows 2000 logs the I/O traffic of your hard drive.
While this is a very useful setting for servers, for workstations it
doesn't do anything except use up system resources.
To disable it, go to the run menu and type
diskperf -n
Hit Enter to disable this logging.

Disable Error Reporting
Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance.
System>Advanced tab
Error-Reporting button
Select Disable Error Reporting.
Click OK
Click OK

OK...the true fun part of Windows systems...Regedit!
Here we will be doing some pretty snazzy stuff that I found very cool!
****Again...it may be a good idea to make a back up of the registry *****

Intel Chipsets need to have UDMA 66 enabled for Win2k and XP.
This also enables UDMA100
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\
You will need to add this value in
Right click and select New..DWORD
Type EnableUDMA66 and hit Enter..and Double click it and put the value to 1
It should the look like this:
Again, this is really only for Intel chipsets.

Remove the Shared Documents folders from My Computer:
Windows XP user interface provides links to all of the Shared Documents
folders on your system,
right at the top of the My Computer window.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\
Delete this Key

NTFS Disk Performance
The NTFS file system is the recommended file system because of its
advantages in terms of reliability and security and because it is
required for large drive sizes. However, these advantages come with
some overhead. You can modify some functionality to improve NTFS
performance as follows:

1. Disable creation of short names. By default, NTFS generates the style
of file name for compatibility with MS-DOS and Windows 3.x clients. If
you are not supporting these types of clients, you can turn off
this setting by changing the default
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Filesystem
NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation set value to 1

2. Disable last access update. By default NTFS updates the date and time
stamp of the last access on directories this update process can slow
performance. To disable:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentContolSet\Control \Filesystem
You will need to enter this as a new Dword:
NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate set value to 1

3. Reserve space for the master file table.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem.
You will need to enter this as a new Dword
NtfsMftZoneReservation set to 1

Reboot after making changes.

Speed up the Start Menu in Windows XP.
MenuShowDelay file set to 1
Click OK.
A restart is needed to see the results

Increase IRQ Priority of CMOS Real-time Clock
Improve overall system performance by increasing the IRQ priority of the
CMOS real-time clock.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\PriorityControl
You will need to enter this as a new Dword:
"IRQ8Priority" set to 1

Windows Explorer caches DLLs(Dynamic-Link Libraries)in memory for a period
of time after the application using them has been closed. This can be an
inefficient use of memory.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer
Create a new DWORD sub-key named
"AlwaysUnloadDLL" set to 1
Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Speed up CD Copying to Hard Drives
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem
You will need to create a Key here. Right Click on the FileSystem folder
and select New>Key
Name it CDFS
CacheSize, this must be added as a binary value, then type in this value:
ff ff 00 00(it doesnt matter about capitols or lower case)
Prefetch, this must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value:
4000 hex
PrefetchTail, this must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value:
4000 hex

To Disable Dr. Watson
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Cu rrentVersion\AeDebug
Delete the AeDebug key

Ok...so far this is pretty tweaked out but now I've found some other tweaks
that will make a non internet
machine even better with less programs!

Uninstall unwanted components

Locate sysoc.inf (windows\inf\sysoc.inf) on the main drive and make a
backup of it Open the Sysoc.inf file. Each line of text in the file
represents a component that can be displayed in the Add/Remove Windows
Components dialog. Delete the word HIDE for any component that you want
to see in the dialog (do not erase the commas).
Save the Sysoc.inf file, then close it, and reboot your computer.

The Add/Remove Windows Components dialog will now display the items you
want to remove.I have removed everything but the WMI, COM+ and
Distributed Transaction Coordinator!

Install Software!!!

Some notes...
Level 2 (L2) CPU cache size can be sized this way, ONLY IF using earlier
CPUs: Intel (and compatibles) 386, 486, Pentium, Pentium Pro, AMD K5/K6/K7,
Cyrix, etc, with off-chip L2 cache SRAM memory (external, off the CPU die).

If using newer CPUs: Intel Pentium II/III/IV/Celeron/Xeon,AMD Athlon/Duron/
Thunderbird, etc, with on-chip L2 cache SRAM memory (internal, on the CPU
die), L2 cache size can *NOT* be altered!

I found that when doing these tweaks:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Se ssion Manager\
Memory Management]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Se ssion Manager\
Memory Management]

Would cause the system to hang on restart and shutdown. Resetting all the
values to 0 solved that

As far as USB Audio is concerned. After reading all about the stuttering
audio and BSOD's with XP and USB. Audio devices I got myself prepared with
the Microsoft Patch for this fix. I found that I did not need this patch as
audio through the Tascam US428 was flawless. I looped a 5 minute 24bit 16
track song for close to 30 minutes and switched songs to a heavier data
count and looped that for 20 minutes. I recorded several tracks through
the SPDIF in for 24bit recording and did multiple punch ins and takes
without a single problem. As far as why my system is fine...
who knows. There are too many configurations to truly explain this. Try
these tweaks and if the problem goes away..cool! If not..can't say you
didn't try!

There are some other tweaks that can be done as well such as:
Removing Outlook Express, Stopping the Messages during shutdown, Stopping
the WinXP Splash Screen on load up, Decrease SystemPages and a few more
that I haven't tested yet. You can do a search for these tweaks by using
www.google.com and typing in XP tweaks!
Websites I found to be very useful were:
and of course microsoft.com

Gary Brenner
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posted June 24, 2002 01:35 AM

One more link for XP audio tweaks:

Bluelife's XP tweaks.

This is a great site with much valuable information Bluelife's PC optimisations.


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Old 07-26-2002, 01:44 AM
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Default tweak thread - XP

posted July 19, 2002 01:45 AM

The WinXP thing is fairly new, and the many different "Tweeks" are still being sought out. There are however many great tweeks here on the Duc - just do a bit of searching.


posted July 20, 2002 01:21 PM

Thanks for the input. A "tweaklist" would be a great idea.



Steve Moore
posted July 25, 2002

Since this question keeps poping up, I thought maybe a thread that we keep refreshed like the PT thread might be in order. It would be nice to have all the tweaking stuff in one place.

I know there is loads of info on 98 and ME. XP is new. I suggest three threads, one for each? I'll kick off XP here and start two other threads. Those of us who have some time can search the duc for relevant information and post it here.

Some relevant topics might be:

1. Setting IRQ assignments (may vary with boards)

2. Adjusting system resources (removing uneeded stuff)

3. DMA issues

4. RAM issues

5. Drive issues (such as placement, etc.) Perhaps this is generic enough that is should be kept separate in a generic thread applicable to all OS's ?

6. Drivers (specific to OS)

For the sake of clarity, lets keep all reposted material properly credited. Where possible, lets also provide links to the original posts.

If this works, we might want to consider something similar for some of the more common hardware components. This would give new users a much easier time collecting information on setting up their new system.

Any comments or suggestions?

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Default Re: tweak thread - XP

Enabling DMA under XP

From thread: XP and DMA

Mike Glenn
posted July 25, 2002 07:34 AM

DMA options are in a different location in Win xp. Look at page 8 of the PT_LE_5.3.1_Addendum.pdf. Instead of clicking on the drive you will set it in the properties of the Primary or Secondary controller.


posted July 25, 2002 08:39 AM

Also keep in mind that Win XP auto-enables DMA for the hard drives.

This sounds good but what it really means is that
if your hardrive does not support DMA then the option to set DMA for that drive will not appear in Device Manager.

This has happened to several of us who had 5400 rpm hard drives which often do not support DMA.
The new drives with 7200 rpm seem to always have DMA but the 5400 rpm drives may not.


Buy a new hard drive.
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