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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Computer Modifications

Each time I get a new computer I find myself turning off certain services, uninstalling Windows features, and disabling certain components.  Windows 7’s default installation includes items such as: Tablet PC Components, Windows Media Center, Windows DVD Maker, Windows Media Player, and Windows Gadget Platform.  It also has System Restore and Hibernation enabled, neither of which I use.  The commands below are what I run to turn off or disable the above features (Run in an elevated Powershell command window):
Disable-ComputerRestore –drive "C:"
powercfg –H off
DISM /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:MediaCenter /FeatureName:TabletPCOC /FeatureName:WindowsGadgetPlatform /FeatureName:WindowsMediaPlayer /FeatureName:MediaPlayback
You will need to restart your computer after running the above, but after doing so, you'll have more free CPU cycles and memory. Enjoy!

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