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Anon Sep 6, 02
The QoS tip is wrong. Microsoft has an article explaining it. It's also explained in Techspot.com's XP Services guide.

Apart from that this is just the same old info. available on other sits months ago
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Anon Sep 6, 02
Oh, the L2 cache tweak is also incorrect. Again check Microsoft's site for info. Basically this only "possibly" affects CPUs with external L2 cache. That pretty much means no CPUs made within the past 4 years.
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SCSI DEATH Sep 6, 02
Very cool article Martin

While most is common knowledge or easily configured using Tweak XP your section on HDD and mem is new to me. Thanks for the great tips and I will use them

Anon can you post a link of the Microsoft Article?
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Anon Sep 8, 02
As from http://techspot.com/tweaks/winxp_services;

QoS info - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q316666

L2 cache info - No link, but here's the quote from their guide on it;

SecondLevelDataCache. For those of you with older CPUs (Pre-Pentium 2 basically), this DWORD Value specifies the amount of L2 (Secondary) Cache on your CPU. Normally this amount will be determined via the HAL, although with older CPUs with off-die L2 Cache this may not be the case. Those with semi-modern CPUs (Pentium 2 or newer) should leave this set to 0 (As should those with Multiple CPUs). If you have greater than, or less than 256KB of L2 Cache on your (old) CPU then Right click on this entry & select Modify. Select the Decimal button & enter in the amount of L2 Cache available, e.g. If you have 512KB L2 Cache then enter in 512. Thanks Ojatex. Where Windows XP in unable to determine the L2 Cache available & this is set to 0 it will default to assuming 256KB L2 Cache is available.
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Victor R. Volkman Sep 10, 02
The "tweak xp" link is broken.

http://www.tweak.cc/ goes to some "buy this domain" link.

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Arteduc8 Nov 24, 02
I have come to find another error in your posting... Norton SystemWorks NAV and NIS all have problems with one setting you listed as only having to do with old computers... the Following Key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem]
"NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation"=dword:00000001
"NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate"=dword:00000001

this needs to be disable by changing it to
"NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation"=dword:00000000

thus enabling NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation


Thought you all might need to know this... This crappy post wasted most of my week end...

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NakiBest Jan 4, 03
The only limitation is that the drive can only be 32MB in size.
WTF does that mean? Does it mean the swap file can be no less than 32 MB?
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Krohnisadumbshlt Nov 6, 03
Yeah, If I happened to know the author of this guide, I would kick his a ss for this. Don't fix something thats not broken, huh? The nftsdisable81 thingy didnt let me write any files to the HDD. so i couldnt even update the registry, then the Largesystemcache thing completely *bleep*ed the rest of my system up. It took 25 mins and about 40 ballons poping up errors so i could load each page of the guide again. I would then have to manually undo every registry string i entered. A big nice FU to the author.
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Somepeoplearefunny Apr 29, 04
I thought I would say that this is an excellent summary of possible performant changes ('tweaks') to the WinXP OS.

Some of these reply posts are quite funny, to me. I guess if you are about to embark on these types of changes, perhaps you should actually *know* what it is your are doing to your system?

"Editing the registry directly can have serious, unexpected consequences that can prevent the system from starting and require that you reinstall..."
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gr3g0s Sep 2, 06
also the l2 cache setting reg setting is wrong
it needs to read
"SecondLevelDataCache"=dword:00000100 so you get a dword
instead of
"SecondLevelDataCache"="100" which gives you a string
now i must research all the other tweaks suggested by this dork before i reboot my system and make it unusable!!
THANKS
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gr3g0s Sep 2, 06
also dont apply the large system cache tweak unless you want a system cache working set that can expand to physical memory, minus 4 MB

you may experience a severe and random decrease in performance. For example, this decrease in performance can include very slow system performance, stop errors, an inability to start the computer, devices or applications that do not load, and system instability.

see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/895932
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