EP121 - Out of the Box Tweak/Clean: Services and Applications

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  1. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    First Impressions: Quite nice looking and I appreciate the plastic rear cover as it just 'might' bounce if dropped. The power pack is lovely and I really like the charging slot (Will work well with my HD7). The USB covers aren't 'that' bad but I can see why they would annoy people. The pen silo is something a bit different, especially coming from all the other tablets/conv tablets I've owned. I have the 32/2Gb version imported into the UK from the U.S. £82 import charge, the cads. (An Intel SSD is on order and I have the 4Gb next to me.

    **** Just discovered that the eBay seller sent me the 64/4Gb machine by MISTAKE :) !!!! (Better cancel the INtel SSD order) Right, onto the tweaking..


    Initial Boot: (First boot after it's finished installing things, all MS updates)
    - 935Mb ram usage (Pay no attention due to Superfetch)
    - 70 Processes
    Ten minutes sat idle:
    - 0.99Mb ram usage
    - 66 Processes
    - 35.9Gb Free space (64Gb model)


    After software un-installed: (List below)
    - 840Mb ram usage (Pay no attention due to Superfetch)
    - 55 Processes
    Ten minutes idle:
    - 932Mb ram usage (Pay no attention due to Superfetch)
    - 59 Processes
    - 41.3Gb Free space
    - 20 second boot to desktop


    After turning off Hibernate, System Restore and disabling VMemory*. (*Not recommended for 2Gb machines)
    - 49.6Gb Free Space
    - 20 second Boot to desktop

    After processes tweak: (List below)
    Ten minutes idle:
    - 701Mb ram usage
    - 42 Processes
    - 20 seconds boot to desktop (Fastest I've had is on an Acer 1820ptz, 15 seconds, Crucial SSD)



    Disclaimer: **Please undertake the following changes at your OWN risk. Backup all and any files that you wish to keep and please be aware that disabling some of the services listed below will turn off the System restore point facility.**



    Software un-installed: (Click Start, Control Panel, Programs and Features)
    - Flash (Will install the latest version later)
    - Adobe Reader X (Prefer Foxit)
    - Amazon Kindle (Would normally leave this)
    - Artrage Studio
    - Asus Webstorage
    - Asus View2.0
    - Intel Rapid Storage Technology
    - Media Sharing
    - Microsoft Office 2010
    - Microsoft Silverlight
    - Microsoft Touch Pack (327Mb!!)
    - Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
    - Microsoft XNA Framework Redist 3.0
    - RoxioNow Player (the machine ALREADY comes with Win Media Center)
    - RoxioNow Player Deluxe
    - Virtual Earth 3D (Beta)
    - Windows Live Essentials (Would normally leave on or ONLY install Live Messenger)
    - Windows Live Mesh ActiveX Control for Remote Connections
    - WinFlash
    - I also ran Disk Cleanup which also removed the Service pack 1 files (920Mb)



    Services Disabled: (Click Start, type services, click services, the one with the cog)
    - Adaptive Brightness (Set to manual but I've disabled)
    - Asus Launcher (Might not be recommended)
    - AtherosSvc (I don't use Bluetooth so leave if you do)
    - Desktop Windows Manager Session manager (Will disable Aero)
    - Distributed Link tracking Client
    - Function Discovery Resource Publication
    - Intel management & Security Application User Notification service
    - Intel management & Security Application LocalNotification service
    - IP Helper
    - Memory clean (Thats a new one!?)
    - Microsoft .Net framework NGEN V4.0 etc X64
    - Microsoft .Net framework NGEN V4.0 etc X32
    - Net Driver HPZ12
    - PML Driver HPZ12
    - Print Spooler (If you print, don't disable this one)
    - Shell Hardware Detection
    - SSDP Discovery
    - Superfetch (Should grab back some memory from cached events)
    - Themes (Probably better to leave this alone as things look horrible)
    - Windows defender (Open WIn Defender first, Options, Don't use this)
    - Windows Font Cache Service
    - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
    - Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0
    - Windows Search
    - WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service


    Other/Optional: (These are all set to manual and are not running)
    - Disk Defragmenter (To make 100% your SSD doesn't get degragged)
    - Fax
    - HomeGroup Listener (If not used)
    - HomeGroup Provider (If not used)
    - Remote Registry
    - Smart Cards
    - Volume Shadow Copy (This disables system restore so the choice is yours)
    - Windows Cardspace
    - Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
    - Windows Media Center Receiver Service
    - Windows Media Center Scheduler Service

    There are others but it's best to concentrate on the easy services first. BE careful!






    Thoughts:
    The SSD drive with the EP121 is, basically, not the best in the world and I'll still be going for the Intel. It's a shame as with a better SSD, the machine would be nearly faultless (Other than the battery life). Having 70 processes sitting there is absolutely STUPID, same for the Dell Duo.

    Until these companies change this behaviour, we'll keep on complaining. More soon. A dedicated Wireless/BT button would have been nice (Or am I missing something. Not read the manual yet).

    :)

    Next:
    - Windows 7 Compact Standard install/tweak
    Maybe:
    - Special vLite install/config
    Then:
    - Full clean install, tweak, test, so I can start enjoying the thing.
     
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    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    On another note, you can also do this: Hold the Windows Key and Tap R. In the box that appears type MSCONFIG and hit enter (Tap Ok)

    System Configuration should appear. Remove the ticks on whatever you thing is appropriate.

    I removed:
    - Both Bluetooth (I don't use Bluetooth)
    - Intel Common user interface (igfxtray.exe)
    - Intel Common user interface (hkcmd.exe)

    Not sure, as yet, about the other entries.
     
  3. Johnny9ball

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    You really shouldn't remove Intel Rapid Storage Technology as you need that for proper SSD operation like Trim and such.
     
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    Nah, the Intel software isn't required as Windows 7 will make sure that the TRIM supported drive behaves as it should. (Is the drive set to AHCI in the bios? Will check tomorrow)

    SanDisk P4 SSD

    SanDisk® SSD P4

    From the P4 brochure:
    - Unlimited read cycles
    - SMART feature supported
    - Security and password protection
    - No preventative maintenance
    - 'Trim support'

    Thanks anyway (Feel free to prove me wrong as I'm under the impression that the Intel software can only work with Intel drives that are G2, ignoring G1 versions which is a shame)

    More info:
    Using your Kingston 40GB SSD with Intel SSD Toolbox - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

    Can someone confirm that the Toolbox actually see's the Sandisk SSD?
     
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    Thank you!
    This is exactly what I was going to do on my first run. Wipe out everything and optimize the crap out of the tablet.

    +1 for tweaking!
     
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    ...and THANK YOU for the 'thank you'. I do appreciate it :)
     
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    Great, thanks for the tips!
     
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    Windows 7 needs three things for proper Trim operation.

    SSD that supports trim.
    Sata port that supports Trim. (IE. Marvell 6Gbs does not...but Intel 3Gbs does)
    SSD Driver that supports Trim. Like Intel Rapid Storage Technology
     
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    Well, you might just be right...

    "Observe that only Microsoft's own storage drivers and Intel's storage drivers support passing along TRIM commands to the drive. So depending on your platform you need to take care as to which drivers you install in order to make sure you have TRIM. Beyond that there is nothing you need to do to get TRIM working. Windows 7 takes care of the rest."

    So, do the standard MICROSOFT drivers enable Trim... yes, they do.
     
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    Managed to get myself an Intel 310 SSD! Just fitted the thing and it wasn't 'that' hard to remove the case. I was gentle, took it slow etc.
     
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