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    Greetings, I am new to the Lounge and really like all the information I found here. I have a question regarding computer maintenance. I was thinking that during the time relegated to periodic system maintenance, would it be beneficial to create a hardware profile that shuts down or does not load any function not requires during maintenance. It would seem that shutting down every non essential operation would free up the processor, memory and resources to allow for faster execution of maintenance programs.

    I thought that only during maintenance the system would not need networking or high res graphics or sound or antivirus or any of the hundreds of non essential operations needed for scanning and defrag.

    Is it possible to create a hardware profile or a user profile that could be configured to load only the bare essentials to boot into xp? Even less than safe mode!!!


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    Mike, Welcome to the Lounge.

    If you have your start apps slimmed down to the essentials at all times, I do not think the time saved would be much of a saving when you consider the time to boot into this new user. I'm sure a user could be set up with everything set to bare bones, but you would have to boot into this user profile and I suspect you would not save a bunch of time. I believe the apps running in the background regularly will cost you more productivity lost than the extra time for maintenance when you perform it. Most apps today seem to think they should be running all the time, or their updaters should be running all the time, or whatever. This just ain't so.

    Use What's In Startup or Autoruns or any number of other apps to check and stop unnecessary apps from running in real time and see what you gain.
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    I've never seen it used for that....more for optimizing a profile for gaming...something that might need as many resources as it can get and not be interrupted in any way by some scheduled activity.

    If your processors are showing 98 or 99% idle I don't think you'll save much if anything operating from a specialized profile and its kind of the point to be able to multitask these days, with few exceptions.

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    Hey, thanks for the input. It's great to be able to bounce ideas around and get feedback...


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    No problem Mike. That's what the Lounge is all about.
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