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Windows Performance Tweaks

Please make sure you backup your registry prior to making any changes to your registry. To create a system restore point go to "Run" and type '%SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe'

Below are 2 performance tweaks you can make on your windows system. In addition to the registry key below I have also include the command syntax so that you can make the registry change without having to go all through the registry yourself using regedit.

Place Windows Kernel into RAM

Note ! Only perform this if your system has 256MB or more of RAM.
This will allow your Windows Kernel to be run from RAM giving performance benefits due to eliminating the need to Read/Write from your Hard drive.

The Registry Key

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\ - set DisablePagingExecutive to 1. Then Reboot.

C:\Documents and Settings\felix> reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v DisablePagingExecutive /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Enable Quicker Startups with a Boot Defragment

Boot Defragment ensures that all your boot up files are placed in order. With them being next to one another they are closer together and in turn your system will boot faster.

The Registry Key

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction - Edit the Enable string value to Y.  Then reboot.

C:\Documents and Settings\felix> reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction" /v Enable /t REG_SZ /d Y

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Rick Donato is the Founder and Chief Editor of Fir3net.com. He currently works as a Principal Network Security Engineer and has a keen interest in automation and the cloud.

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