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geekhelp4u
02-28-2008, 04:42 AM
What steps do you guys do to optimize a computer!

Additionally, does anyone know what GEEKSQUADS "over 100 system tweaks that will shorten your computer's boot time, delete unwanted files and remove unnecessary background processes." are? or is it just a bunch of random bs that can be accomplished using CCleaner?

additionally, what the heck is this guy on about? http://pcsecretformula.com/

nonchalant
02-28-2008, 08:02 AM
Yea, its probably along the lines of 'turn off services, turn off eye-candy, uninstall some windows components/programs, topped off with a disk clean and defrag..'

Btw, that will be $200 thanks :cool:

gunslinger
02-28-2008, 05:34 PM
I have 2 different packages I offer. A basic cleanup speedup and a more in depth one. The basic package includes cleaning of temp files ,cookies, internet history, running chkdisk, and a defrag. As well as scanning the registry for problems and a virus/spyware scan. The more in depth package includes all that plus disabling services, turning off drive indexing, uninstall windows components/programs, speeding up the start menu, turning off the compress old files feature, among other things. With the more in depth package I can usually get about an extra 30-40 % speed increase over stock windows.

sweagles
03-27-2008, 06:30 PM
Gunslinger, how do you handle you defrags if sometimes they take a couple hours to optimize? Are you at their home or do you take their PC back to a shop?

MHCG
03-27-2008, 07:14 PM
Additionally, does anyone know what GEEKSQUADS "over 100 system tweaks that will shorten your computer's boot time, delete unwanted files and remove unnecessary background processes." are? or is it just a bunch of random bs that can be accomplished using CCleaner?

I sent you a PM.

gunslinger
03-27-2008, 09:32 PM
Two things: first of all the GeekSquad CD is basiclly just some reg tweaks and batch files thrown together with a GUI. I'm sure most techies on here could throw one together in a few hours.

Second thing: If a system is very badly fragmented I'll ask to take it back to the shop.

juiceman39
03-28-2008, 04:34 AM
I found this list floating around in space- the GS reg tweaks. the number applied will of course change depending on the PC.

ALL USER TWEAKS

create custom icon cache sizes-9
optimize IRQ priortization-1
optimize processor time-1
optimize prefetcher service-1
always unload dll's-1
remove common startup items-?
optimize startup and shutdown-2
disable automatic restart on system failure(BSOD)-1
optimize visual effects-23
place commonly used icons on desktop-1
reduce disk space used for recycle bin-4
reduce disk space used for system restore-1
optimize configuration of system services-2
internet explorer cache sizes-4
remove alexa extension-?
improve network performance-3
improve the usability and thoroughness of windows search-1
add "open command window here" to windows explorer context meuu-2
suppress windows xp tour ballon prompts-1
optimize the usability of windows media player-5
improve performance when accessing avi files-1
usb 2.0 power drain fix (kb899179)-1
improve performance of the disk cleanup manager-1
ensure automatic updates is set to "automatic"-4

DEFAULT USER/CURRENT USER TWEAKS

decrease menu show delay-1
increase the number of customizable folders-2
accelerate termination of hung processes-1
remove common startup items-1
optimize startup and shutdown-2
optimize visual effects-16
place commonly used icons on desktop-6
increase thumbnail image quality in windows explorer-2
add address bar and status bar to windows explorer/IE-2
internet explorer performance and behavior tweaks-2
internet explorer usability tweaks-9
internet explorer cookie privacy settings-4
internet explorer cache sizes-4
internet explorer 7 tabbed browsing-9
internet explorer 7 phishing filter-1
inprove network performance-1
improve the usability and thoroughness of windows search-4
suppress windows xp tour ballon prompts-1
disable desktop cleanup wizard-1
optimize the usability of windows media player-8
disable keyboard shortcuts for stickykeys, filterkeys, and togglekeys-3