Game Tuning Guide for Windows NT/2000
by Alexander Peter Kowalski

To boost an applications timeslice CPU priority allocation for more speed from it while launching it (GREAT for games!): 

Open Notepad.exe! 

Paste what is in between these lines below into a new document and be SURE TO SAVE IT AS TYPE "ALL FILES" with a .bat extension and the .exe file of the app you want to run in it! (NOT the default .txt extension notepad uses, I hate how it does that!) 


Save it in the directory/folder of he app you want to run it with! * 

HERE IS MY QUAKE III Arena Q3Start.bat (for an example for you below I have in my Quake3 folder and use to start it so it runs WAY FASTER on an NT based OS!)

echo off 
Start /high Quake3.exe 

So, next? In your app's shortcut, put this in as the commandline instead of its normal exe! It'll run ALOT faster because it gets MORE CPU time, this is great for intense apps like games! 

(Want even MORE speed?) 

Try this technique I also turned a few folks here onto! I turn off these services (manual, not disabled!) in Win2k (pretty same in NT 3.51-4.0 too): 

(* I am not running a network here at home anymore, only 1 machine now!) 

This is Windows²ººº Pro (like NT4 workstation), on a LAN at home you cannot probably crank all these off... 

Unless you do PEER TO PEER style workgroup networking without your NT box as a Domain Server or controller! Inside Control Panel, Set these Services to manual via the MMC.EXE console in the Administrative Tools folder or in NT 4.0, the Services Icon in Control Panel!

Diskeeper (if not running, no point in enabling it) 
Application Management 
Computer Browser 
Distributed Link Client 
Distributed Transaction Coordinator 
Fax Service (if not faxing, why run it? Spooler must be running also to use Fax programs that open the port it's tuned to like a printer printing to a file!) 
Indexing Service 
Internet Connection Sharing 
Logical Disk Manager 
Administrative Service 
Messenger Net Logon 
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Service 
Network DDE 
Network DDE DSDM 
NT LM Security Support Provider 
Performance Logs & Alerts 
Print Spooler (unless printing or faxing) 
QoS RSVP Service 
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager (I use cablemodem is why...) 
Remote Access Connection Manager (I use cablemodem is why...) 
Remote Procedure call RPC Locator 
Remote Registry Service (LOL, obvious! Security) 
Routing & Remote Access (not doing RAS) 
System Event Notification Service 
Task Scheduler (not running any batch processes) 
Telnet (gee, wonder why?? Security!) 
Uninterruptible Power Supply (dont use one now... battery died!) 
Utility Manager 
Windows Installer 
Windows Time 

* You can stall a truckload of them if you are not running it as a Server, save RAM, and CPU Cycles, and resources plus run faster! 

WoW! On a sort of "off-note", today I learned I can run Win2k & STILL GET ONLINE, DO GAMING ONLINE, WebSurf etc. & only run 4 services! 

The minimum ones are: 

DHCP Client 
DNS Client 
Plug & Play 
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) 

* If you're on a dialup modem ISP rather than cable or DSL, it might even be less if memory serves me right (as I used to disable WINS services to stop NetBIOS attacks in NT 4.0 Devices control panel icon which controls drivers or at least unbind WINS from TcpIP in networking!) 

(Now, a final tip!) 

Your last tune-up would be to use the tuning to your Tcp/IP networking stack drivers reparameterizing them! 

* NT based Os' are the fastest as is out there for networking & internetting, but this stuff at that site? (Makes 'em even faster!) ** There's more you can do, but this is one HELL of a start! NT based Os' are even MORE tuneable than Win9x ones are! 

You may also wish to checkout for EVEN MORE COMPREHENSIVE tuning tips and networking fixes + tricks there... MOST EXCELLENT NT BASED ADVICE SITE ON THE WIRE!





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