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Thread: Windows Longhorn Tweaking: From Slow to Stellar




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    This guide from forum regular John Smitthers [aquallama@hotmail.com], unedited.


    Note: Before I begin note that most of these tweaks were gathered from around the WWW and I am *NOT* in any way shape or form taking credit for them. I am here simply to combine them together and explain how to get a speedy and stable Microsoft Windows Longhorn Alpha setup. Thx. Go out to AlphaAlien from HardwareGeeks, and Koroush Ghazi of Tweaktown for their wonderful guides (Excellent job you two!)

    As many of you know a Windows Longhorn Alpha was leaked in September of 2002. Most people think because this was an Alpha release, that it is not a stable functioning microsoft standard. Out of the box Longhorn is not only unstable, but slow. In this guide I will attempt to teach you how you can make Longhorn your primary OS. IMHO Longhorn is even better than XP Pro, when tweaked enough!

    Firstly it is important to obtain a bootable Longhorn Alpha. The original Longhorn Alpha is not able to be burnt and ran from CD, unless you follow the following tutorial, or similar Bootable Longhorn




    Now it's extremely important to obtain the following files so that the Longhorn Alpha will be cracked permanantly and the timebomb will be removed. The second file is to fix IE 6, so that you can download files without Internet Explorer 6 crashing! So now it's your job to do your homework and get Longhorn_Activation_Crk.zip, and ie_fix.zip. Once you have these two files I would recommend that you A. Save them to floppy B. Email them as attachments to yourself. (Don't waste a CDR on small files, it's just stupid!)

    Ok now you are ready to install Longhorn. Put the CD in your tray, reboot and do a fresh installation. Make sure to format your HDD with the NTFS Filesystem, as it has numerous advantages over FAT32, including bigger file size, more secure, better stabability etc.

    Wait for Longhorn to do it's thing, and setup. Depending on your copy you may get multiple errors and/or a DOS window in the lower left hand corner of your screen (I did). Simply ignore these errors and continue with the installation of Longhorn.

    Once you have a Longhorn system up and running install and *FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS* of the Longhorn_Activation_Crk.zip, and also TweakNT (Inside the zip folder...) After you reboot install ie_fix.zip NOTE: You may have to select the utility twice and/or restart IE 6 before the changes take effect.

    Now it's time to actually start the tweaking process :O) NOTE: You do not have to do every tweak, but many of them will speed Longhorn up significantly.




    Tweak #1 (Disabling unnesasary loaded system files)

    - Firstly type the following into the IE adress bar without the quotes: "%windir%\inf\sysoc.inf"

    - Now for every line that has the word HIDE in all captials, delete that word so that there will be the two comma's. It looks like this: Before-TabletPC=tabletoc.dll,TabletSetupProc,Tablet.inf,H IDE,7 After-TabletPC=tabletoc.dll,TabletSetupProc,Tablet.inf,, 7


    Tweak #2 (Windows Components)

    - Go to: Control Panel\Add or Remove Programs\Add\Remove Windows Components and uncheck the following:
    Windows Future Storage Services, Windows Automatic Updates, TabletPC Components, and MyGames

    - Uncheck whatever else you want, *BUT* Leave the blank entry as that contails *CORE* windows components that will screw up Longhorn if unchecked!


    Tweak #3 (How your Desktop looks)

    Go to Control Panel\System\Advanced and click on Performance Settings. Uncheck the following:

    Animate Windows when minimizing and maximizing

    Fade or slide menus into view

    Fade or slide ToolTips into view

    Fade out menu items after clicking

    Show shadows under menus (imporant!)

    Show window contents while dragging (also important)

    Slide open combo boxes

    Slide taskbar buttons

    Smooth edges of screen fonts (last important one)

    Smooth-scroll list boxes

    NOTE: I also recommend going into Control Panel\Folder Options and in general click off what you don't want, and under the view tab uncheck what you don't want


    Tweak #4 (Startup tweaking)

    Click on your start menu, and then go to run. Type the following without the quotes "msconfig". Then click on the startup tab. Numerous startup items can be disabled here. Here are some that you can safely uncheck: IDW Logging Tool msmsgs nwiz NvCpl wizard winampa You may not have all these on your system, and actually you probably don't. More information can be found at Tech Spot

    NOTE#1: I highly recommend you take a look at this guide if you are unfamiliar with startup items.

    NOTE#2: By clicking on Start, Programs, and highlighting Startup, you can right click on any of the files contained in the Startup folder to stop them from starting up. This will *NOT* delete the program, so don't worry :O)



    Tweak #5 (Speed Tweakage)

    Ok firstly right click on My Computer, and select Properties. Click on the Remote tab and uncheck 'turn on remote assistance'. Now click on the Automatic Updates tab and uncheck 'keep my computer up to date...'. Now click on the System Restore tab, and check the box to disable System restore.


    Tweak #6 (Disk Performance/Sharing)

    Double click on My Computer and then right click on your C drive. Now Select properties. Uncheck the two check boxes on the bottom. They are both uneeded and can cause slowdowns, especially with lower speed HDD's. Now select the Sharing tab, and select do not share any drives.


    Tweak #7 (Disabling Unnessasary Services)

    NOTE: The following obtained from Koroush Ghazi's awesome tweaktown guide available here.

    Firstly click on Start, Run, and then type "services.msc" without the quotes. To edit a service right click on it, and then select properties. From the dropdown box you can select what you need. Here are what you should select for the following:

    Automatic:

    Cryptographic Services

    DHCP Client

    DNS Client

    Event Log

    Plug and Play

    Protected Storage

    Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

    System Event Notification

    Task Scheduler

    Themes

    Windows Audio

    Windows Management Instrumentation

    Windows Time


    Disable:

    Alerter

    Automatic Updates (manually update using Internet Explorer>Tools>Windows Update)

    Clipbook

    Error Reporting Service

    Fast User Switching Compatibility

    Help and Support

    Human Device Interface Access

    IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service

    Indexing Service

    IPSEC Services

    NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing

    Network DDE

    Network DDE DSM

    Performance Logs and Alerts

    Portable Media Serial Number

    Print Spooler (Set to Automatic if you have a printer installed)

    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager

    Remote Registry

    Routing and Remote Access

    Secondary Logon

    Security Accounts Manager

    Smart Card

    Smart Card Helper

    System Restore Service

    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

    Telnet

    Uninterruptible Power Supply

    Upload Manager

    Volume Shadow Copy

    WebClient

    Wireless Zero Configuration

    WMDM PMSP Service

    WMI Performance Adapter




    After all these tweaks you will see a remarkable difference in how longhorn performs. And if you don't A. Get better hardware B. Get 'better' software such as XP Pro SP1 (If you think it's better...)

    I do not want credit for this guide, nor shall I take credit as it is others work that I have combined together. If you want to send email saying thanks, send one to Koroush Ghazi or AlphaAlien :O)
    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
    Managing Director
    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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    Thanks and nice work to John Smitthers for putting together this guide. I haven't even seen/used Longhorn, but it's good to know someone is already on the case tweaking-wise :)

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    Wow! I never thought my guide would make it! That's cool on the front page of tweaktown :D. John Smitthers is just my Hotmail account name, so that well... The real credit here as I said goes to the people who make the 'original' tweaks. People like Koroush Ghazi, and AlphaAlien :O). Send your thanks to them, but if you must send an email feel free :O). I might write a tweak guide for Windows 2003 Server 'RTM' if you guys want me to, but I bet most people here run XP, or the like and not a server OS. If Windows 2003 Server is accessible to anyone I highly suggest they try it! It makes a good Desktop OS believe it or not! It's faster and more stable than XP (Well for me it is, and I haven't even tweaked it yet :O)

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    Props to ya for compiling that guide. I aint gonna try it as i'm happy with xp at the moment. Can't find much mention of office 2003 is that office xp with a new name?:cheers:
    What the fcuk happened to my sig?

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    Longhorn? What the hell is that?

    OK, now where do I get it?????
    It's the one that says "BAD MOTHERFUC*ER" on it...
    Thermaltake Xaser II A5000 (with 5 fans)
    300W Enermax EG301-PVE dual fan PS
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    MSI GF4 MX 440 64 Mb DDR
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    Remember, we can't provide a link (or allow others) to Longhorn as it is not officially released and hence illegal. However use Google, and do a search for "Longhorn alpha" - Build 3683 is the latest I believe - and you should be on the right track.

    No links to the alpha, or sites which host it in this thread please. Thanks :)

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    :lips:
    Sorry the egg is on my face.
    What I REALLY meant... was where can I find more information on it....yeah that's it...
    It's the one that says "BAD MOTHERFUC*ER" on it...
    Thermaltake Xaser II A5000 (with 5 fans)
    300W Enermax EG301-PVE dual fan PS
    Win XP Home
    2.26Ghz P4 533 Bus
    MSI 845PE MAX2-FIR MB
    MSI GF4 MX 440 64 Mb DDR
    1.0GB PC2100 DDR
    80Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM
    SB Live! X-Gamer 5.1
    3.5 Mbps / 800 Kbps DSL

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    Hey guys I was just wondering where do you get the new os at. Do you have to go on MIRC and find it or what.

    thx
    Silas

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    I'll repeat what I just said above...search Google for "Longhorn Alpha" (in quotes). Please don't ask again "where do I find it?" because your post will be deleted and/or the contents edited.

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    The truth is, if you don't know where to find it, you probably should not be running it. This guide I made is not endorsing piracy, however if you ALREADY have longhorn then take a look at it. Chances are if you don't have it already there is slim chance that you will be able to obtain it, as it was leaked back in September of 2002. As with anything that is illegal, and distributed online, it must be obtained from the 'underground'. I cannot lead you there, but you must find your own path. If it was a hard thing to do, barely anyone would have Longhorn, or heard of it. But it is still readily obtainable from the web, just as practically anything (legal) is obtainable from IRC, FTP, Newsgroups, etc. In short seek and ye shalt find!!!

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