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Those are archive formats. (eg, .zip). Download a trial of --Winrar-- or --7zip-- if you want to unzip them.i downloaded the latest update pack from ryan's site but its saved as a 7z or winrar file and i dont know what to do arg, help please.
and now it make sence to me, i wasted a full day i could have used to reinstall windows.
Hey sorry I missed your reply to my post.
I was a little miffed that day apparently.. no offense intended. mainly I was annoyed that such information was made a sticky on this site, not that you went to the trouble of promoting nLite which gets enough bad attention on its own.
So I will try a point by point (if I miss something I apologize)
"Though say someone does utilize Hibernation, would you or anyone else know of a way to point the hiberfil.sys file to a different partition or drive?"
Not sure why you would want to or need to do this... restoring from hibernation.. you are not going to be reading from that fil.. so HDD performacne would not come into it. (Its going from the HDD to ram, not alternating from running the OS and moving from same hdd to ram) from a pure space standpoint, I could see a reason for this. Your OS drive should be the fastest drive in your PC though... so from that point... no. A 15 second google does not reveal anything, if I really really wanted to I guess I could open regedit and search for hiberfil.sys and look for one that says %windir% and change the location.. but why? too much work.
as for "controlling install programs"
I am sorry you did not know that no geek uses msconfig to optimize windows. Why? MAny reasons, I will try and address them. (Good research before you create an optimization guide)
Most software has a "do not run at startup" option. Then again, most software also includes options out of google toolbar or yahoo software or whatever and look how popular that garbage is
I could make a long post but there are enough out there I do not need to Here is just one
Installing anything to "make windows faster" is 99.9% marketing gimmick. Why would you need to make windows bigger to make it leaner? Makes no sense to me, seems to make much more sense to simply learn how to monitor things and control them. There actually may be software out there that does it... but it is few and far between, O&O defrag software was one of those I mentioned before. It replaces windwos defragger and is a nice small utility that works well.
I personally like to optimize windows by uninstalling uneccesary windows compnents after I install windows (takes approximately 30 seconds), disable system restore, and hibernation. Run o&o defrag software, image the hdd and reimage the hdd.
This packs everything needed right at the gbeginning of the hdd.
Now why does nLite epic fail?
Mainly because people use it to strip windows components and install updates.
Windows has a means of slipstreaming already, for service packs. There is a reason for this.
If you install update A,B and C and then restart and install update D,E and F.. . it works. If you nLite it, you do not get that restart that lets update C run and change file 123 to 234. so when update D comes along and changes file 345 that calls 234... it causes a problem. I am sure a lot of that has been worked out, but I tried for over a year to get nLite to work properly, it never matched a manual unattended install disk that had no updates except service packs (and slipstreaming service packs is SO easy to do, and slipstreaming sp3 is the #1 best way to improve performance). I have yet to have seen a 100% stable nLite install.
You really want a nice XP install? Try Windows Fundamentals. Man that OS just freaking sings... sigh only available to MSDN subscribers. and not worth the 1000 dollars a year for it. Would be awesome if they sold it. Makes my 750MHz duron HTPC FLY.
I got a lot of beefs with bad info (88 series IQ, Vista vs WinME, etc etc) if someone made a sticky of them I would have to point it out too. (Heck sometimes I do anyway ) No offense meant for you, you did a good job with the best knowledge you had at the time. If this was just a thread I would have stayed out of it. They made it a sticky, so information must be shared.
Optimization guides are double edged, if you are so "not geek" enough to need one? You really should not use one either.
Also and this is arguably arguable (heh heh)...
Move the Pagefile, TMP, TEMP and Temporary internet Files to a secondary hdd. These are the most commonly accessed folders, so without access defragramention, movingthem to another HDD can actuallyreduce the bottle neck that is the modern storage system
Also saw no mention of installtion monitoring programs. If you install and unsintall at all.. (I dont I reformat every few months for XP and once a year for Vista) then a program that monitors installions and completely removes them on uninstalltion is probably the best performacne enhancer you can mention. I will leave you to research and recommend them., I prefer the old format /C:
EDIT: You should not do anything to your system that you do not understand. THAT is the biggest performance boost of all. Knowledge is more important then installing or uninstalling programs.
HW selection is as important to boot performacne as anytihng else. Ihave yet to meet a system that beat my A3200 64bit winny, on a k8t800 chipset beat my 20 second boottime or for that matter my 35ns memory latency. Without ridiculous LN2 overclocking. (wish I still had it *sigh* best desktop OS PC I ever had)
Neur0mancer, I appreciate all the info that you have provided. It does provide for an interesting read and makes some good arguments, but I don’t think that you are seeing the big picture here.
First of all, in your previous post you had mentioned that “but mentions nothing of diabling Hibernate mode, which is a big ole waste of 2 GB of space on your Hdd.” And now you are changing your argument by saying that it shouldn’t be moved? Please, when offering advice, try to stick with one thing and not move back and forth between views, it just gets everyone confused. I had never mentioned anything about reading from that file nor restoring from it. Though, if a person does not use the hibernation file, it would be best to disable it as it just takes up unused space; space that could have been used to store files side by side instead of from before the hibernation file to after it. By keeping files contiguous, you reduce the time it takes the HD to seek for them, therefore improving performance.
As for msconfig, you do make a good point. I have personally started to use Autoruns these past few months as it has taken care of most of my start up programs. I will add your link to major geeks and their link to MS on why not to use ‘msconfig’ so that everyone has a chance to read it.
On “Installing anything to "make windows faster" is 99.9% marketing gimmick”, again, you have not done your research on Codestuff Starter. No where in this thread have I stated that you have to ‘Install’ this program, but just run it. It comes in an executable file which has no need for installation. Just like Autoruns, no installation needed, no added system junk. So please, before you decide to bash, have a run through of the suggestions yourself before calling it a gimmick.
On to defragmenting programs.. I am not sure as to what you are trying to prove here? Are you saying that the only defragmenting program that is worth looking at is O&O? Because if you are dismissing every other defragmenter without giving it a shot for yourself, or for considering people’s budget constraints or the type of system that they run, then you do still have a lot to learn about why people continue to create competing software.
If you could explain how you uninstall unnecessary windows components in 30 seconds after a windows install, I’m sure that would help anyone reading this guide. I find it a good idea to have everything packed together, and if you could also explain why and how imaging a hdd and then reimaging helps pack everything together, I’m sure many of us would appreciate the lesson. Also, please explain how imaging and then reimaging adds to performance over just defragmenting and putting all files in a contiguous block.
As for your nLite remark and the rest of your post, I will give my opinion on it in a few days as I’m somewhat busy with New Years planning atm.
In the mean time, please link to current discussions on how nLite messes up integration with RyanVM's Post SP3 pack as you stated in your post, as I am curious to see what others have to say about it and if true, why it hasn't been resolved yet. Because personally, I haven't come across any of these issues in the two years that I have been using nLite.
Hey, no worries.. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It is good that you are bringing up these points as I am sure that you are not the only who has these questions. I am more than happy to go over point by point to support my position, and if any more info or proof is needed, I would be more than happy to provide and discuss it.I do appreciate the effort you put into this thread, so thank you for that. I just do not think this is sticky material.