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minimum files and processes required.

by briggspaul2 / July 9, 2004 4:29 PM PDT

As per my post on partitioning, the reason I am doing this is so that i can have only the files and processes I require on each partiton for the stuff I am working on at the time being it WORK, Games ,apps, testing.

This in theory should make the system faster and lessed clogged up, easier to manage (apart from having to run updates for each partition)and if required i can just restore the current setup for each partition.

Now the actual question.

What Can I delete in the way of files and processes to ensure that I have a nice fast system?

For example I don't want any processes running in the background when I am playing games.

I think I just need to know the files and processes that I must not remove that are essential to XP working. As I have a good idea of what I can get rid of.i.e I don't need DHCP running if I am not using it etc.
Any ideas would be great.

I also want to try out Linnux as I am sure that this will give me what I want.



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Re: minimum files and processes required.
by Cursorcowboy / July 9, 2004 10:02 PM PDT

IMO, start with what you have and eliminate those you find unnecessary. You might find the information in this forum "link" helpful.

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Re: minimum files and processes required.
by Yew / July 9, 2004 10:16 PM PDT

This isn't going to work like you think it will. Most programs will still need to install a few files into the Windows folder, no matter what partition the bulk of the program is on. It's this sort of thing that leads to the eventual decay of a Windows system, and there's nothing to be done about it. There's virtually no point to partitioing in Windows as a result. It can be handy to keep documents safe in the event of an impromptu formatting, but that's about as far as its utility extends.

Linux WOULD give you what you want, since it's version of DLLs (.so files -- Shared Object) can be located anywhere, even on a mounted network drive. You just tell a special program where to look for these things, and it keeps something of a running list. Which is nice, because you can always add or remove directories from this list as you go, keeping things nice and tidy.

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Re: minimum files and processes required.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2004 10:25 PM PDT

Most of what you seek in in the boot titled "Windows XP Resource Kit" or similar titles. What some want to do what you ask, few will actually expend the time or the money on a book.

I feel you may find that the hours spent doing this will not pay off. In fact, I've witnessed efforts like yours and it didn't payoff.

Simple things payoff such as curtailing the services, and selecting a less overhead antivirus...


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