So I have this snazzy new PC that came with Windows 7 x64 and I’m trying to figure out what tweaks I need to do to make have it run even more smooth then it already is.
The only thing it came preloaded with was trend AV which I nuked as soon as I could and I am installing Microsoft Secuirty Essentials now. So what should I be on the look out for? I’ve never run 7 before and I am pretty much just coming straight from XP so no real vista usage either.
Probably nothing, except ClearType tuning to your visual preference.
Tuning Windows was a good idea up to and including XP, but after that you’re more likely to hose your performance than make it better if you go mucking around in the registry or try to be clever about shutting down “unnecessary” services, etc.
The first time that pops up you should get a checkbox or something to disable it.
Otherwise, I believe you find it in the control panel. One of the nice things about Win7 is that the start menu search now smartly searches control panel things. If you type “sticky keys” or something in the start menu search I bet it’ll pop up the control panel you’re looking for in the results.
Holy crap! I have been mousing over to the little bar on the right side of the task bar to get to the desktop in Windows 7, when I have a lot of windows open, missing my Show Desktop icon, when I discovered just now Windowskey+D immediately takes you to the desktop. Cool! Wonder how many other things I’m doing the hard way, LOL!
Here’s one that’s not a decade old – Windows key + left or right arrow to do the “half screen window snap” via keyboard. This is especially useful on multimon setups where the mouse version doesn’t work between screens.
•Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces
•Find the interface folder that is currently in use. It will be the one that has an IPAddress and the most fields.
•Right click on the interface and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it: “TcpAckFrequency”
•Right click on TcpAckFrequency, select modify and change the “0″ value to “1″.
•Right click on the interface and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it: “TCPNoDelay”
•Right click on TCPNoDelay, select modify and change the “0″ value to “1″.
My networking is rusty, but I don’t think it does what you think it does.
TCP ACK Freq states default is wait 2 cycles of 200 ms with outstanding ACK’s before it asks for another one. This just changes it to being a very pushy windows machine that keeps asking for status updates much more often, but the end result it gonna be the same… except you get a pretty ping graph.