Can I Get Some Tips for Improving W7 Bootcamp Performance

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by .product, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. .product macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I'm running W7 ultimate on a Rev. A MBA. I'm looking for some tips on improving performance in Bootcamp.

    Here is what I have done so far:
    - Installed latest BC drivers (3.1)
    - Defragged windows partition
    - Disabled hibernate function (to save HDD space)
    - Installed all updates from Windows Update
    - Disabled (some) of the Aero eye candy
    - Disabled unnecessary services (ala Blackviper's site)
    - Disabled unnecessary startup programs
    - Disabled Index Service
    - Disabled Windows Search

    My main reason for wanting to do this is that I'm having some issues when playing MP3s in WMP. They play fine until I say, launch Firefox. Doing so causes the playing MP3 to skip, or temporarily become garbled. I assume this is due to taxing the HDD, but since upgrading to an SSD is currently not an option, I'm trying to squeeze as much performance out of the system as I can.

    Please suggest some other things I can try.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Is it a latency issue?
  3. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
  4. .product thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I think since that post BC drivers have been updated, for example, I don't have a KBDMGR.exe process running.

    It did turn me on to DPC though!


    The two spikes are from opening tabs in Firefox.

    I'm glad to have a better idea of the problem, and can now look for solutions.

  5. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    You can make Windows 7 leaner on system resources by disabling many of the background applications (security center, system restore, indexing, etc) but even in its leanest form, Windows 7 still requires a pretty fast system to run well. I am afraid you are taxing your MBA, especially with a HDD. Windows XP is a lot less demanding and will work much better on that system. I'd install XP on a 1.8 Ghz MBA.
  6. A.W.E.S.O.M.-0 macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2010

    1. CCleaner, brilliant program to run regularly. Fixes all registry programs, deletes unneeded files (can save you litterally hundreds of megs, even after a clean install) and it offers a very easy tool for deinstalling programs and start-up items.

    2. disable all unneeded windows services

    ah, something else;

    don't use wmp to play mp3's. just download an old and sleek version of winamp 2.5 - 2.7 and you'll play all mp3s without problems!

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