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You have the XP optimize list.. here is the Windows7 list... some of which I borrowed from a few sites so I didnt have to type it all out but I ONLY PICKED the items that were right CREDIT for some of the copy/paste to SAVE MY WRISTS from falling off, goes to http://tweakhound.com/ and also http://www.sevenforums.com but DONT start applying tweaks you read from there.. what I posted below is was weeded through to obtain the perf and keep windows looking SHARP at the same time! READ what I posted above here http://www.simforums.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=34141&PID=198077#198077 and HERE http://www.simforums.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=34141&PID=198177#198177
about hard drive setup and performance first... then continue WARNING: NO OVERCLOCKING WHEN INSTALLING A OS OR SOFTWARE, DEFRAGMENTING, OR INITIALLY TUNING FSX! YOU START WITH A SECURE AND STABLE SYSTEM WITH THE CORRCT BIOS SETTINGS FOR YOUR SATA SYSTEM, MEMORY SPEED/TIMING/VOLTAGE. OVERCLOCKING COMES LAST --AND THEN-- YOU CAN ADJUST FSX SETTINGS FOR A NEW CLOCK, NOT UNTIL
MORE ERRORS ARE MADE TUNING A SYSTEM AND FSX WHILE OVERCLOCKED THAN ANY OTHER REASON. IT IS POSSIBLE TO END UP WITH INSTALL CORRUPTION OR YOU MAY BE OVER-DRIVING THE CPU EVEN IF TEMPS LOOK RIGHT! START WITH NO CLOCK, AND WORK YOUR WAY UP, LAST!
Also you need to be on a 64bit OS if you want FSX and addon goodies.. if you are not on a 64bit OS your results WILL BE limited.
First, right after installing Windows7 OS you ALWAYS disable UAC before you do anything else... To Disable UAC: Head into Control Panel and type UAC into the search box, or do it from the start menu. Then drag the slider down to the bottom.- In the resulting window, move the slider all the way to the bottom. REBOOT.. you MUST REBOOT BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE
Now, GET ALL your drivers installed STARTING WITH THE CHIPSET and MAKE SURE TO REBOOT AFTER EACH DRIVER GOES IN After all drivers are in and you have a internet connection... Automatic Updates from MS can SLOW your system. You should MANUALLY check for Automatic updates Control Panel > Windows Update In the left pane double-click Change settings. To disable Automatic Updates choose Never check for updates You can still access this panel and have it check for updates by clicking the "check for updates button" Do this once a month manually instead of letting MS thrash your disk while using your system.
NOW.... Summary to get started 1. 1st boot into Windows7, Shut down UAC (slider to ZERO) reboot 2. Start your driver install.. Chipset drivers FIRST, reboot, install the rest of your drivers and reboot as they tell you, leave the video driver for last NOTE: VIDEO DRIVERS
If you are experienced with FSX you know video drivers can be HIT and MISS even on identical hardware. What I can tell you which may or may not help you is that right now, as of this date, the 197.13 Nvidia driver does very well in both XPx64 and Windows7 in FSX 197.45 is also looking good too HOWEVER there has been a rash of FAN SPEED problems related to some newer Nvidia drivers,, to resolve this I highly suggest the use of the software MSI AFTERBURNER http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm in which you can enable FAN CONTROL In the settings, FAN TAB check ENABLE USER SOFTWARE FAN CONTROL and make a simple DRAG speed/temp point for the MIN and MAX fan speed. I suggest a HIGH END of 85c = 100% fan speed, the low end is based on your ambient and video card temp, I would say 49c = 35% for minimum fan noise when surfing, but you must make that call. All Modern NV cards automatically DROP their CORE SPEED to run cooler when not under 3D load and you do not need to do anything to make that work. http://www.simforums.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=34141&PID=198220#198220 You must SET the software to START WITH WINDOWS so total fan control is maintained... it has a very SMALL footprint and OK to run at startup Also, I would DISABLE all monitors on the MONTIORING TAB except CORE CLOCK CORE TEMP FAN SPEED MEMORY SPEED Thats it, but its also up to you what you wish to monitor.. I would at lease leave CORE TEMP and FAN SPEED enabled to check if all is working right. DO NOT OVERCLOCK A VIDEO CARD UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND EVEN THEN, DONT DO IT TILL AFTER ALL SETUP IS COMPLETE. VIDEO CARD OVERCLOCKING IS ONLY EFFECTIVE IF A. THE CARD IS CLOCKED LOW FROM THE FACTORY TO BEGIN WITH B. THE CARD HAS OVERHEAD TO WORK WITH
C. THE CARD HAS THE RIGHT HEATSINK TO DO THE JOB Unlike CPU overclocking video card overclocking has LIMITED results with FSX. It is far better to BUY the right CARD than go CHEAP and try to overclock a card!! -------------------------------------------
4. SHUT DOWN automatic updates completely, the SURF to Windows Update (TOOLS Windows Update) Install the MICROSOFT UPDATE feature they offer, then CUSTOM scan for updates 5. Install ALL CRITICAL updates and make SURE NET FRAMEWORK is updated.. check the OPTIONAL updates list too for items but dont install crap like LIVE Essentials, SEARCh and other garbage like that 6. If they offer a driver update, LOOK CAREFULLY at what they offer, sometimes the LAN updates are good to get if they offer one, MICROCODE UPDATES are OK, but be careful with any video driver update they may offer 7. The TRICK with Windows Update is you MUST RETURN THERE after a reboot and run the scan again to be sure you have everything you need, once you have done that and the list is clean you are finished at Windows Update and can proceed to install your software 8. Make SURE you run the DirectX update tool to be sure you are updated for DirectX and also install the C++ Library update from the link I posted in the FSX tuning thread under INSTALL http://www.simforums.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=29041 here are the links http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2da43d38-db71-4c1b-bc6a9b6652cd92a3&displaylang=en http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB961894/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=2067 You want to download and install: ENU (vcredist_x86.exe) NOTE: Or the one which is right for your OS language ENU= ENGLISH NOT the x64 version!!! EVEN WITH A 64bit OS, this is to be the 32bit file!!! 9. When you install FSX, MAKE a folder on the drive you select, name it Flight Simulator X, then run the DVD install and POINT it to that drive\folder. Everything will find FSX from that point forward
follow my directions for installing FSX in the FSX tuning thread http://www.simforums.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=29041 , dont skip steps and dont fly it for long periods either, this is setup, not tuning When you get all your software and addons installed start OPTIMIZING Windows 7 and get O&O Defrag v12 installed too. Begin OPTIMIZE... NOTE: DO NOT REBOOT AGAIN UNTIL I POST TO DO SO..................... ================================================ OPTIONAL: AUTOMATIC METHOD Download this file http://gex.flight1.net/optimize.zip unzip or decompress it Double click the unzipped file optimize.reg .. select YES to allow it to run, then when it asks if you wish to let it merge with the registry, select yes You just did the work outlined in the next section below without having to manually make the reg file yourself. If you use the file I posted above you can skip the next part and contine on with: Turn Off System Restore
============================================ MANUAL METHOD Copy the following and put it in a notepad, then save the notepad as OPTIMIZE.reg Double click that file and select YES to allow it to merge to the registry ..............BEGIN COPY Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop] "MenuShowDelay"="200" "HungAppTimeout"="4000" "WaitToKillAppTimeout"="5000" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem] "NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation"=dword:00000001 "NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop] "ForegroundLockTimeout"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control] "WaitToKillServiceTimeout"="5000" [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explor er] "NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001
----------------------END COPY Do not reboot yet!
Turn Off System Restore This will also clear the disk of the locked area used by system restore. The is needed to properly defrag the hard drive. If you want system restore enabled, do it LATER after all the defrag work is completed. I suggest you leave System Restore DISABLED for better performance. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore Press the Windows + Pause Break keys > in the left pane click on Advanced system settings. In the resulting window, switch to the System Protection pane. Select all the drives, click the Configure button A pop-up will happen asking "Are you sure..." click Turn System Restore Off, the click
Disable Automatic Disk Defrag Press the Windows + R keys > type dfrgui.exe (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter). Click Configure Schedule button > Uncheck Run on schedule.
Hit the Windows + R keys > type sysdm.cpl > click the Advanced tab > in the Performance section click the Settings button. Uncheck all boxes except the 4 in the picture below NOTE: I highly suggest for performance a AERO Theme not be used and instead use a BASIC HIGH CONTRAST Windows theme and change the background desktop image. I use the theme WINDOWS 7 BASIC and edit the background. The tab below will appear DIFFERENT when a non-AERO theme is in use.. make the same selections but the AERO options will not be available.
NOTE: You can leave SHOW WINDOWS CONTENT WHILE DRAGING and USE DROP SHADOWS FOR ICON LABELS enabled too if you like, but get rid of the rest.