I will participate in a competition of building a computer. Got to pick hardware parts, and assemble it to a computer. I don't like your help on the hardware part. But on top of this they require you to tweak Windows if you like to get some extra performance out of it. So my question is how to master Windows tweaking within the time of one week of preparations.
I have heard of Services in Windows, but don't know which one is safe turning off, and which one is giving you the most performance boost to leave disabled.
I don't know exactly what operating system we will get, as this is a secret until the day of the competition. But it defenitely is either Windows XP or the newer Vista. I have no access to practise on a Vista capable computer, and I have never touched such a operating system. I am a bit familiar with Windows 2000 and XP.
I know you've got a Registry. That you normally should keep your hands off. And it is difficult to interpret how that stuff works for a human beeing.
I am not sure if we can download any tweaking software in the competition. Maybe and maybe not.
But which software to choose.
I am not sure if we can download a startup control system. But which one to choose?
I guess I can gain lots of performance turning off some services. Or not?
I guess uninstallling stuff could be useful, or maybe not?
I need some expert help on where to focus my efforts.
And please advice me if I have forgotton a performance boosting measurment in my text here.
Links to some websites could serve useful too.