My computer has never run faster, this has been a great experience.
I've got a couple stupid questions.
I have a few startup items I can't quite figure out and I want them off if I don't need them. The startup utility comes up and makes me feel guilty about it when I take something off- tells me its starting in a special mode because I've been messing with it. Can I do myself real damage taking things off the startup list?
I've worked my way down to 25 processes 142/1606, 10 of which have to do with non windows things that I need running to game- antivirus, saitek, hotkey, and 3 for internet. I can't find ctfmon.exe listed at any site but suspect it has to do with hardware. Is that the exe that is responsible for the "safely add/remove hardware" icon? That leaves 13 processes running for windows xp, the browser and whatever else I haven't ferreted out. I've gotten about as far as I can get following links, how much further is there to go?
(BV, answers that work, not a geek, etc, etc, etc.)
BV talks about finding hidden programs running in the background and shutting them down but he doesn't go into any detail, is that for smart guys only?
I'm down to 11 services running. I assume, but am not sure, that I need to keep the Nvidia display driver service running in order to see the screen and the others are on BV's don't touch list along with antivirus and communications, I think I have that one done, true? In the gaming hardware profile, something I stopped is keeping disk defrag from running. I've checked, it doesn't appear that I should have nixed that by anything I shut down, but I obviously did. Anyone encounter this or should I just start turning them back on one at a time?
I installed the freeware Lucky mentions in the users guide to keep the page file clean. As I've defragged the whole disk, the page file keeps moving to the right a little each time. Does that mean its getting closer to the center of the hard drive disk? I seem to remember reading that you want to keep files as near the edge as possible. Is this a tweak I just haven't read about or is this nothing? Do I just do a manual defrag of the whole disk with the page file protection turned off?