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    MS Config Settings for i7

    Saw on You Tube that you can use the advanced MS Config settings and tell windows how many cores to use on boot up. Is this harmful and why doesn't windows "just use them"

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    Some people swear by this tweak, if you can call it that, but I think it is of no use whatsoever to the average user.
    Leave the settings in MSCONFIG at their default. Windows 7 will utilize all cores as needed as readily shown by taskmanager.


    If you have upgraded your processor from a single core to a multi-core processor with the same OS installation, it
    may be needed to adjust this setting, if for some reason W7 it doesn't detect the extra cores, otherwise it's not normally used except for diagnostic purposes.
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    That "tweak" is used on multi-core systems to restrict the number of cores/processors for diagnostic purposes. Sometimes, Windows or an individual program may have issues when running on fewer cores than were used when written. During the boot process Windows starts off using one core/processor for those activities where more than one is not useful. The remaining cores/processors are activated when appropriate during the boot process.

    Unless you have a specific diagnostic reason just leave the setting alone.

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    Thanks. I "have" noticed an improvement, but maybe that's because I "wished" to see them. Howvever, you are right; that blazing speed increase didn't happen.

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    A solid state disk will make a significant difference in reducing my boot, swapping, installation and upgrade speeds. 64GB drives can be purchase for under $50.

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    Thank you all for your replies. My son has an SSD on his i7 rig and there is no doubt about its speed. What I am observing is that even though the motherboard does not wear out in the traditional sense, things start to choke and gawk over time. It is the traditional race between hardware and software. My X58 motherboard works perfectly okay and nothing is showing any signs of the usual failures, but the refresh rate for certain applications is getting worse and worse.

    There is also the matter of the video card and a lot of other things but that's okay because under certain conditions, is still runs pretty quickly.

    Again, thanks to all of you for your responses.

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