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2022-10-01 2:45:14 PM  
Unused processes are sleeping and paged out to disk automatically. Doing this serves no purpose, you'll usually spend more time actually killing the processes than you could save by ending them.

I like to call these advice articles "computer homeopathy".
 
2022-10-01 2:52:39 PM  
I've been running Folding@home for some time now. Slows the processing speed quite a bit, but you can choose how heavily it taxes your system.

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2022-10-01 6:24:08 PM  
SYSTEM32 is full of useless crap.
 
2022-10-01 8:10:09 PM  
From gamers. I know that the scourge of system performance is having to use different game launchers.

Epic, Steam...that might be it.
 
2022-10-01 10:17:39 PM  
They left out SysMain.
 
2022-10-01 10:26:25 PM  
When in doubt, just hit Control - Open Apple - Reset
 
2022-10-01 10:29:05 PM  
Running Win11 22h2 and only had ctfmon and the phone one,

The phone one kinda pisses me off because apparently the upgraded to H2 turned it back on.
 
2022-10-01 10:33:24 PM  
If you run Linux, I hear killing systemd is a real performance booster.

I actually use Phone Link... nice to have access to my SMS and photos. Too many people I know seem to live on their phones, and send links over messaging.
 
2022-10-01 10:35:54 PM  
 
2022-10-01 10:52:09 PM  
The News and Interests feature has an unpatched memory leak issue that seems to affect AMD processors and NVIDIA GPUs. You're better off simply turning it off by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting the "turn off" option.
 
2022-10-01 11:03:05 PM  
I saved a lot of memory,cpu usage, and disk space by installing linux.

My 200G+ windows disk, was trimmed down to a 32gb linux partition, including steam, LibreOffice, firefox, virtual box, audacity and other goodies.

no spyware, crapware, shovelware, or other crap.

if I need some windows crap, I just virtualize it, and it actually runs better than on the real hardware.

my 500Gb steam library runs perfectly, and sits on a NVME drive.

I shudder to think what windows would do to a NVME with all that thrashing.
 
2022-10-01 11:07:30 PM  

Joe USer: Unused processes are sleeping and paged out to disk automatically. Doing this serves no purpose, you'll usually spend more time actually killing the processes than you could save by ending them.

I like to call these advice articles "computer homeopathy".


This article is all kinds of bad. He could have just as easily explained how to stop and disable those services. Everything is just going to be launched again when Windows reboots.
 
2022-10-01 11:20:42 PM  
I remember when Black Viper would put out his Windows optimization guides for disabling services and such. It's fun being old.
 
2022-10-01 11:30:47 PM  

gopher321: I've been running Folding@home for some time now.


Team Canada? Really? You know Fark has a team, right? Team 2233.

I'm still in the top 30 for the team which is sad when you consider I did nearly all of it during the Covid lockdown with a Geforce GTX 770 and a Core i5-3570k.
 
2022-10-01 11:33:00 PM  
Chrome.exe
 
2022-10-01 11:34:16 PM  

VisualiseThis: Chrome.exe


DoomVk.exe
 
2022-10-01 11:38:13 PM  

syrynxx: SYSTEM32 is full of useless crap.


The ancient ritual has been renewed.
 
2022-10-02 12:12:37 AM  

Joe USer: Unused processes are sleeping and paged out to disk automatically. Doing this serves no purpose, you'll usually spend more time actually killing the processes than you could save by ending them.

I like to call these advice articles "computer homeopathy".


Unless you're the kind of dork who walks around with a batchfile with the lines

taskkill /f /im msedge*
taskkill /f /im Ctfmon*
taskkill /f /im groove*
taskkill /f /im onedrive*
taskkill /f /im powershell*
taskkill /f /im google*
taskkill /f /im weatherbug*

That I instinctively run any time I sit down at a computer that I didn't image myself.
 
2022-10-02 12:21:37 AM  
So, if you're running Linux, you can always run the following to free up even more resources:

:(){ :|:& };:


Don't run this. Seriously, don't. It won't harm your system but you will need to reboot.
 
2022-10-02 12:34:54 AM  

Caelistis: So, if you're running Linux, you can always run the following to free up even more resources:

:(){ :|:& };:



And if you're on Windows this is how you make it faster:

%0|%0
 
2022-10-02 12:37:50 AM  
Each can use around 10MB of memory just sitting in the background.

Was this article written in 2002? If I need an extra 10MB of memory then I'm in more trouble than closing a few processes can solve. That's like 0.0625% of my physical memory and I've had my swap space on SSD drives since the mid 2000s. It's been decades since I've manually disabled processes and even then it was only on already-ancient machines that needed everything they had just to load a web page. Might as well go and disable desktop graphical effects while you're at it.
 
2022-10-02 12:52:08 AM  
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2022-10-02 1:03:35 AM  
Reminds me of when I did desktop support about 12 years ago.

Got a call from a really paranoid guy who claimed that the people walking past his apartment were hacking into it because he kept seeing their devices show up on his wifi and bluetooth lists.

Then he started asking me about files that were part of the OS. Declared that HE didn't install them, so they must be malware or unnecessary. Started deleting them over my very strenuous objections and explanations of what they were.

I finally had to tell him that I was marking his file with the note that he deleted a large chunk of his OS over my objections and that I was ending the call because there was no point continuing it when he refused to listen.
 
2022-10-02 1:05:25 AM  

falkone32: Each can use around 10MB of memory just sitting in the background.

Was this article written in 2002? If I need an extra 10MB of memory then I'm in more trouble than closing a few processes can solve. That's like 0.0625% of my physical memory and I've had my swap space on SSD drives since the mid 2000s. It's been decades since I've manually disabled processes and even then it was only on already-ancient machines that needed everything they had just to load a web page. Might as well go and disable desktop graphical effects while you're at it.


My mother in law bought an "economical" computer a couple years ago that had an i3 processor and 4GB of ram, of which only about 2.5 is actually useable because it's a cheap piece of shiat. Killing unnecessary processes was the only way to get the stupid thing moving fast enough to move her files to a computer that didn't suck.

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This may be the edge case here, but it's a BIG world...
 
2022-10-02 1:08:34 AM  

akallen404: i3 processor


I appreciate that cable management
 
2022-10-02 1:09:14 AM  
jokes on subby, none of those processes are working on my PC cause i built it myself and removed the bloatware from winblows
 
2022-10-02 2:07:33 AM  

AlphaG33k: I saved a lot of memory,cpu usage, and disk space by installing linux.

My 200G+ windows disk, was trimmed down to a 32gb linux partition, including steam, LibreOffice, firefox, virtual box, audacity and other goodies.

no spyware, crapware, shovelware, or other crap.

if I need some windows crap, I just virtualize it, and it actually runs better than on the real hardware.

my 500Gb steam library runs perfectly, and sits on a NVME drive.

I shudder to think what windows would do to a NVME with all that thrashing.


Yes but your steam library is all Futa. Some of us like top tier games
 
2022-10-02 2:43:02 AM  

akallen404: falkone32: Each can use around 10MB of memory just sitting in the background.

Was this article written in 2002? If I need an extra 10MB of memory then I'm in more trouble than closing a few processes can solve. That's like 0.0625% of my physical memory and I've had my swap space on SSD drives since the mid 2000s. It's been decades since I've manually disabled processes and even then it was only on already-ancient machines that needed everything they had just to load a web page. Might as well go and disable desktop graphical effects while you're at it.

My mother in law bought an "economical" computer a couple years ago that had an i3 processor and 4GB of ram, of which only about 2.5 is actually useable because it's a cheap piece of shiat. Killing unnecessary processes was the only way to get the stupid thing moving fast enough to move her files to a computer that didn't suck.

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This may be the edge case here, but it's a BIG world...


That's neither an i3, nor is it a couple years old.

That's a Bay Trail "Pentium" (read Atom) and it came out in 2013.

I haven't yet read the article, but I have read the comments.

Widgets: farking Useless.
Phone Link: farking great, I love send text messages using my full keyboard and getting pop ups on my computer. But that was available on Windows 10.

I run Windows 11, I hated the moving Start Button, so I put it back to the left.

For all intents and purposes it just feels like Windows 10 after that with two exceptions:
- I farking hate they hid context menus under a new layer. I now have to click through every time I want to use 7-zip or NextCloud right click context. I NEVER use any of the base context items they give me.
- Why the fark is search in the start menu now so goddamn slow? If I haven't used, say, the calculator in a while. It will take a good 10 seconds to find it. One time I clearly saw it download images and proudly show them to me in the search frame that had the same terms as an application I was looking for in my start menu, I had to wait like 10 seconds for this and it wouldn't give me my application until it had done it.

I have an NVMe SSD, 16GB of RAM and a 6 core processor, it shouldn't take more than 100ms to sift through the 50 shortcuts in my start menu.

So basically I have Windows 10 with no improvements and just annoyances that were absolutely written based on "Wouldn't it be cool if it did this?"
 
2022-10-02 4:23:46 AM  
Help, I deleted a file called AUTOEXEC.BAT and one called COMMAND.SYS, what do I do?
 
2022-10-02 4:42:50 AM  
The last time I saw ctfmon actually harming much had to have been the Windows 2k/XP days. Wait 'til TFAuthor discovers msmpeng.

/Touch grass, e-boomer. It's worse nowadays.
 
2022-10-02 6:04:50 AM  
Noted.
 
2022-10-02 6:18:02 AM  

LrdPhoenix: Help, I deleted a file called AUTOEXEC.BAT and one called COMMAND.SYS, what do I do?


Celebrate
 
2022-10-02 6:43:47 AM  
I have an add-in that just downloads more performance

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2022-10-02 7:40:32 AM  

dennysgod: Running Win11 22h2 and only had ctfmon and the phone one,

The phone one kinda pisses me off because apparently the upgraded to H2 turned it back on.


I'm still on W10 but have the Phone app open all the time. Very useful to have my phone messages, photos, texts etc on my desktop. And if I try to log in to a website that has 2FA the text code pops up on my monitor, no need to dig my cellphone out.
 
2022-10-02 8:16:51 AM  
*opens TFA*
"1. Calculator - Calculator.exe"
*closes TFA*
 
2022-10-02 8:25:10 AM  

akallen404: falkone32: Each can use around 10MB of memory just sitting in the background.

Was this article written in 2002? If I need an extra 10MB of memory then I'm in more trouble than closing a few processes can solve. That's like 0.0625% of my physical memory and I've had my swap space on SSD drives since the mid 2000s. It's been decades since I've manually disabled processes and even then it was only on already-ancient machines that needed everything they had just to load a web page. Might as well go and disable desktop graphical effects while you're at it.

My mother in law bought an "economical" computer a couple years ago that had an i3 processor and 4GB of ram, of which only about 2.5 is actually useable because it's a cheap piece of shiat. Killing unnecessary processes was the only way to get the stupid thing moving fast enough to move her files to a computer that didn't suck.

[Fark user image 425x566]

This may be the edge case here, but it's a BIG world...


I'd just pull the drive and hook it up to a USB dongle to the faster computer. Saves having to mess around with Windows on the old PC.
 
2022-10-02 8:29:34 AM  
I want to know how to keep them from slamming me to Bing.
 
2022-10-02 8:47:35 AM  

Joe USer: I like to call these advice articles "computer homeopathy".


Good term, I'm stealing it.
 
2022-10-02 9:14:02 AM  
One site I frequent has an ad for ads that sparkled. I put it on my block list and got 80% of my cpu cycles back.  Another site has a twirly place holder while it's loading another page: 50-70% cpu.
 
2022-10-02 9:32:17 AM  

Shryke: Futa


My Steam Library contains GTA V, No Man's Sky, Some of the New LEGO Games. Then again, some of us play more complex games than "call of doody", " more dull combat" , sportsball simulator, gambling simulator, and of course battlefield.

what's called "top tier" differs. Finish cyber punk yet? there is a reason their logo is a big red c*ck.
 
2022-10-02 9:33:23 AM  

AlphaG33k: Shryke: Futa

My Steam Library contains GTA V, No Man's Sky, Some of the New LEGO Games. Then again, some of us play more complex games than "call of doody", " more dull combat" , sportsball simulator, gambling simulator, and of course battlefield.

what's called "top tier" differs. Finish cyber punk yet? there is a reason their logo is a big red c*ck.


You play games made for children. No wonder you don't have money for a real operating system.
 
2022-10-02 9:43:43 AM  

Rage Against the Thorazine: He could have just as easily explained how to stop and disable those services. Everything is just going to be launched again when Windows reboots.


Which also happens to be where they might most noticeably affect performance - they have a load time.  Kill 'em and they are a skipped line in a checklist.

While I now take computers and replace Windows with Ubuntu, I used to take a Windows computer and do a flatten / reinstall just to ensure all the hardware vendor's bloatware was fully excised, then I'd remove or block a lot of the stupid shiat Microsoft throws in there.

I'm old school, though, I think the computer should have the software you need and no more.  No 'X-Box gaming stuff just in case you use our service' crap.  Windows tends to follow the philosophy of 'throw in everything and when the computer no longer runs, tell them to buy a new one to support the OS'.
 
2022-10-02 10:04:46 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: AlphaG33k: Shryke: Futa

My Steam Library contains GTA V, No Man's Sky, Some of the New LEGO Games. Then again, some of us play more complex games than "call of doody", " more dull combat" , sportsball simulator, gambling simulator, and of course battlefield.

what's called "top tier" differs. Finish cyber punk yet? there is a reason their logo is a big red c*ck.

You play games made for children. No wonder you don't have money for a real operating system.


Uh, they are *games* which are all made for children...they are entertainment...what's your definition of a game, excel simulator? tax deduction calculator 2022?

How is windows? do you like spotify? well too bad, it's getting installed anyway...just open up and let Microsoft install some good stuff!
 
2022-10-02 10:06:31 AM  

natazha: One site I frequent has an ad for ads that sparkled. I put it on my block list and got 80% of my cpu cycles back.  Another site has a twirly place holder while it's loading another page: 50-70% cpu.


ublock origin, and watch firefox performance scream!

no autoplay videos, no ow my ballz ads, it's great!
 
2022-10-02 10:15:13 AM  

AlphaG33k: Shakin_Haitian: AlphaG33k: Shryke: Futa

My Steam Library contains GTA V, No Man's Sky, Some of the New LEGO Games. Then again, some of us play more complex games than "call of doody", " more dull combat" , sportsball simulator, gambling simulator, and of course battlefield.

what's called "top tier" differs. Finish cyber punk yet? there is a reason their logo is a big red c*ck.

You play games made for children. No wonder you don't have money for a real operating system.

Uh, they are *games* which are all made for children...they are entertainment...what's your definition of a game, excel simulator? tax deduction calculator 2022?

How is windows? do you like spotify? well too bad, it's getting installed anyway...just open up and let Microsoft install some good stuff!


HFSP
 
2022-10-02 10:18:37 AM  

dyhchong: That's neither an i3, nor is it a couple years old.

That's a Bay Trail "Pentium" (read Atom) and it came out in 2013.


And she bought it in 2017 for $300 thinking she was getting a really sweet deal.

MANY consumers are using outdated, faulty or underpowered hardware packed with useless bloatware purely because they don't know any better. Freeing up a half gig of memory can be the difference between s document loading in 30 seconds vs loading in 10.

This is basically a "lower your grocery bills with this one weird trick" article. It's thrift advice for poor people.
 
2022-10-02 10:22:18 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: AlphaG33k: Shryke: Futa

My Steam Library contains GTA V, No Man's Sky, Some of the New LEGO Games. Then again, some of us play more complex games than "call of doody", " more dull combat" , sportsball simulator, gambling simulator, and of course battlefield.

what's called "top tier" differs. Finish cyber punk yet? there is a reason their logo is a big red c*ck.

You play games made for children. No wonder you don't have money for a real operating system.


Games that made "for adults" are neither expensive nor resource intensive.
 
2022-10-02 10:34:44 AM  

Gubbo: From gamers. I know that the scourge of system performance is having to use different game launchers.

Epic, Steam...that might be it.


How to play Epic Store Games without the Epic Games launcher (Look at the description)
Youtube JB1UTRPKN0U
 
2022-10-02 10:46:39 AM  
TFA is right about one thing: OneDrive is the Windows version of Lyme disease.
 
2022-10-02 10:48:29 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: AlphaG33k: Shakin_Haitian: AlphaG33k: Shryke: Futa

My Steam Library contains GTA V, No Man's Sky, Some of the New LEGO Games. Then again, some of us play more complex games than "call of doody", " more dull combat" , sportsball simulator, gambling simulator, and of course battlefield.

what's called "top tier" differs. Finish cyber punk yet? there is a reason their logo is a big red c*ck.

You play games made for children. No wonder you don't have money for a real operating system.

Uh, they are *games* which are all made for children...they are entertainment...what's your definition of a game, excel simulator? tax deduction calculator 2022?

How is windows? do you like spotify? well too bad, it's getting installed anyway...just open up and let Microsoft install some good stuff!

HFSP


HAHA, let me laugh even harder. My computer is probably worth more than your car, which you are probably still making "small monthly payments on"...you sound like the renter class. have fun buying those nice shiny things while you still can...
 
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