Category: Tweak Performance

Description of soft and hard page faults

Description of how Windows optimizes the virtual memory to minimize the need for hard pagefaults.

Use process affinity to lock application to a single core

Applications optimized to run on single CPU systems, will perform worse on multi CPU systems.

Activate ACHI to enable Native Command Queuing

Native Command Queuing (NCQ) can improve hard disk performance, as it optimizes the order to execute read and write commands.

Optimize processor power management

Use power management to throttle the processor when idle, and get a cool CPU temperature.

Change the Vista file copy to perform like in earlier versions

Configure the file copying method to use cached I/O requests instead of non-cached.

Description of the hard disk cache

The hard disk performance is very dependent on the configuration of the disk cache.

Disable the page file to avoid using the slow HDD

Disabling the page file to prevent Windows from unloading memory to the hard disk.

Disable the automatic updating of file access time

Lower the disk activity by disabling the updating of when a file was last accessed.

Disable creation of DOS compatible 8.3 filename

Speed up the creation of new files by not creating a 8.3 filename for backward compatibility.

Configure the page file for best performance

Finding the the optimal size and location for the Windows swap file.

Configure the Master File Table for the NTFS partitions

The Master File Table is the index for all files and directories placed on a ntfs partition and critical for ntfs performance.