Stopping Services for better gaming

By SuperCheetah
Apr 30, 2002
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  1. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 868

    With that much memory you can't really expect to have a noticable difference. We're only freeing up around 50MB of memory, and I have a hard time believe a game can take up 1.5GB of memory space, so you have plenty of memory to go around. Still every little bit helps. The best thing you can do is the upgrade your graphics card.

    P.S. Thanks for the tip Rick, I thought there was another way to go about it. :)
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    You misunderstood my intent SuperCheetah, my point was that while my performance doesn't seem to change, there is nothing wrong with it. I am perfectly happy with my graphics card also. I was just trying to point out that if you simply add RAM, you can avoid the hassle of stopping and starting services.

    Often people overlook the importance of RAM and go for the fastest CPU, but as most of us know, it doesn't matter if you have the fastest CPU, if you don't have much RAM, your system won't perform as well as a slower CPU with a lot of RAM.
  3. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 868

    Sorry if I misunderstood you StormBringer. The reason for making this batch file is to make it easy to turn the services and background tasks on and off without much hassle. Not everyone has the money to buy extra memory so this is an easy way to gain some extra memory while gaming or doing some other task. Believe me I know how important RAM is to a system, that is why I'm taking the time to make this batch file.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I often leave mIRC running when I play so this wouldn't really be a good idea in my case. Stopping the DNS service & a few others will make me loose my internet connection until I start them over.
  5. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

    This was what I knew was going to happen at the beginning:- people begin killing off tasks one by one, and lose all of the extra functionality they have spent time adding. I don't personally see the point of removing stuff that you actually use. i.e. removing services that you don't need is a good idea, but why not just stop them from starting permanently, rather than running a .bat file to kill them all the time.
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I think what could make this better is if there is a way to make it faster. It takes awhile to turn off my services.. Maybe 1 per every second or so and some of them ask me if I'm sure I want to turn them orr or not which consumes more time.

    If I'm not mistaken, there is a registry tweak that removes the delay on stopping services. Perhaps this would speed up the batch file's progress. And, there is probably a switch of some sort to shutoff services without asking for the user's consent. This could really enhance the batch file.
  7. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 868

    I personally have already done this. Most people don't really know what the services do so they don't mess with them, hell I didn't until I started doing this.

    I agree Rick, it takes alot of time to kill my services too, I plan on investigating this more and see if there is a fix.
  8. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 868

    Here is a quick little update. I found a way to cut down on the service kill time.

    Here is what you want to go to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WaitToKillServiceTimeout

    The default setting is 20000 or 20 secs, setting it to 5-10sec should do the trick (that's 5000 to 10000).
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