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TheTOM_SK

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  1. AMD AthlonXP 2500 @ 1,46 GHz | 1 GB DDRAM 333 MHz | ATI Radeon 9600 256 MB
  2. To give users an illusion of control over the PC. Microsoft just tries to protect users from themself.
  3. Is Windows Firewall service disabled and stopped? Start - run - services.msc - Windows firewall service. By the way, do not believe, if Windows claims something, like that WF is not running. If you have a public IP, do a port scan here, to see, if you get closed or stealthed ports.
  4. Hi, here are some reg tweaks I have gathered around. I would like to ask, if anyone know to do those 5 things: 1. Enable "Links" 2. Uncheck "Require Server Verification (https:) For All Sites In This Zone" 3. Uncheck "Enable FTP Folder View" 4. Check "Enable Memory Protection To Help Mitigate Online Attacks" 5. Check "Empty Temporary Internet Files Folder When Browser Is Closed" About 5-th: I have found those 2 tweaks to empty TIF, but none of them work: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache] "Persistent"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] "Delete_Temp_Files_On_Exit"="yes"
  5. Hi, I almost completelly set up IE via a reg file, but I still miss 3 settings. If anyone know, how to do it, please let me know. Here is my raw problem: 1. Enable - Links 2. History - Sort By Order Visisted Today 3. Enable Memory Protection To Help Mitigate Online Attacks The 3-rd requires admin permission. I tried Process Monitor to catch it, but no luck.
  6. I have now 32 auto and 16 manual services and after startup I get about 273 MB usage. I have found out, that high memory usage may be related to enabled or disabled Superfetch. I am not sure yet, but there seems to be a connection. I will keep testing with Superfetch ON. But since Superfetch preloads apps to memory, I would guess, that it causes that RAM usage. But, I have no startup apps at my Vista, there is nothing to preload, so I can not really test it. I have also disabled creating lastknowgood, volume shadow copy, hibernation, system restore.
  7. yorkie16 I would try to close Windows Sidebar to see, if it helps, because it uses quite much RAM. I have 1 GB and when I use it, my RAM usage gets to 800 MB and up, 950 MB is not a suprise. Without it, my RAM usage is about 300 MB. As for the rest, it is exactly as Aero said, so unless everything works, do not worry about it, Vista is smart enough to handle it. But there are also other things, which could do it, like creating a hibernation file, volume shadow copy and etc.
  8. Hi, I would like to ask you, if you know any speech commands for Internet explorer. So far I use keyboard shortcuts, but I'd like to use a more direct approach. Thank you. I'd be interested to know, how to put the focus on the page to be able to scroll down, etc.
  9. I used to be a system admin on XP Pro, I did not use any realtime security software except firewall and I guess, that I have never got infected even when I was visiting infected pages. Now I use a limited account, since there is no other alternative in Vista except disabling UAC, but it is not a good idea. Simply put, common users would benefit from the limited account, but they have no idea, how to do it or they are not willing to do it since it would not be really comfortable and those, who know, how to use the limited account, do not really need it, since they know, how to protect PC.
  10. Maybe, I have WSH and CMD disabled and it is disabled. As well as other settings, which are in fact the part of GPO.
  11. Like User rights managment or Security policies. But as you can see, those are just setting, so changing them should not have any effect on performance. maybe I get lower RAM usage only thanks to vLite? No, I think, that I got 200 MB before vLite.
  12. You know, when I instal Vista, I apply my reg file, restart PC and the RAM usage is still about 400 MB. Then I apply security policies and after restart, it drops to 200 MB. It could not be due to services, there are only about 5 of them and they could not take 200 MB. But I can not imagine, what would have security policies with RAM usage anyway.
  13. Hi, I have 2 questions about Google Talk in Vista acting weird: 1. How it is possible, that GT is the only exe, that UAC ignores? 2. Why does GT install into start menu instead of Program files? "C:\Users\TheTOM.SK\AppData\Roaming\Google\Google Talk" If you know, how to fix this (if it is a bug), please let me know.
  14. Ok, I have 16 automatic and 2 manual services now. Thanks man. But the holiday is comming, can not you give me a break, please. I do not like services at Manual, only those, which will start & then stop. I need Network Connections to see and set up my IP assigned by DHCP. WMI could be disabled, but it is not worthy of all troubles, that would follow. It is mentioned, that Application Experience is needed by Aero, in the first post of this thread as well, but who knows, I will try to keep it off. I have disabled SAM, because I guess, that it can actually decrease security, since it could allow "bad" services to be started. I have also disabled Event Log and Protected storage, but this little devil will most likely start anyway, I have no idea, why it does that. For those, who do not understand, why I tweak services. It is not becauce of performance, that is just the second product, the main reason is the security. I have not played any games for 2 years, so I do not care, if the memory footprint is 200 MB or 400 MB. The point is, that if the service is disabled, it can not be exploited (itself, its files still can). Talking about XP, there was at least one vulnerability for almost every service, including DHCP, Network connections and etc. I expect the same with Vista and since the number of my security aplications is zero, I just have to find another way to secure my PC. Any ideas are wellcome.
  15. I made my settings according to ATI control panel, if that one is able to instal and start, then there should be no problem with any other aplication and most apps really need WMI. I guess, that Program Compatibility Assistant Service makes AxCrypt to run smoother, without too many failures, before it failed a few times a day, now only once per a few days. Application Information is needed by UAC and Application Experience by som effects. I wonder, if I should not enable SAM and Windows Event Log, since it scares me, what it says, that by disabling them: "Stopping this service may compromise security and reliability of the system". EDIT: Thanks for pushing me by asking, I have changed my set up again. I have now 20 Automatic services and 2 Manual. 22 processes, before 18. It takes only 240 MB and 200 MB pagefile, before 200 MB and 150 MB pagefile. I can now setup everything, including internet without restarting to start services.
  16. Or you can try app like SIW [freeware, portable - does not instal]. Click on the - Open Ports - it shows apps, ports - you can export it.
  17. Vista 6000.16386 is considered to be the final version, the final RTM. You can get it eg when you open a Win soft like IE and look on About.
  18. Yeah, I need 4 services to be able to set up my internet as well, but I enable them only, when my IP changes, I have set up my IP and DNS servers manually. The unkillable services can be disabled via mmc thanks to security template. You can download this template and extract it to your documents folder, then: Start - Run - mmc - file - add/remove snap-in - Security Configuration and Analysis - right click on it - open database - type - 0 - computer will create 0.sdb - to insert template - open - 0.inf - right click on Security Configuration and Analysis - Analyze computer Now - open tree - system services - set up services at will - right click on Security Configuration and Analysis - configure computer now - service will be done. Warning: disabling needed services can result in unusable Windows or other software! I take no responsibility, if you end up with messed up Windows! Proceed at own risk! Simply put, just DO NOT disable services: DCOM, RPC & Plug and Play!
  19. UAC - User Account Control. My 16 services, well they are 17 of them, Protected Storage and Windows Installer are set to Manual, they will start as needed.
  20. Software Licensing service enables Control Panel, but you can leave it disabled and enable only if you need access to the control panel, UAC does not need this one. By the way, I have also restored a few services. I have found out, that I can get Vista on its knees and get RAM footprint about 180 MB, but at that point, Windows is almost unusable and it looks disgusting. So I have 16 services running right now, RAM usage is about 300 MB and everything works just fine, including UAC and Aero.
  21. I am satisfied with VistaLite, it takes 200 MB RAM and 150 MB pagefile (screen). I added drivers for ATI, VIA, my ethernet card with vLite and they work just fine. Ethernet driver asks during setup, because it is unsigned, at least I have 32-bit. My CD has 648 MB (Last Session), Vista HomeBasic's windows folder takes 2,3 GB. So far I use Vista for almost 3 months and I have not had any windows related problems. Most aplications work fine, some will crash, but they are not designed for Vista, so it is OK. Talking about games, ATI has not released drivers, which would make opengl games work. Some D3D games do not work either, because I do not have DX9 only DX10, I pray for a fix. Overall, it would be best to wait for SP1, drivers will optimised and available, bugs will be fixed. But, I would not want to use XP again, Vista looks reliable, smooth working, well, I really do like it.
  22. Yeah, I read much info like that and i have to confirm it, BUT it does not apply to tweaked Vista only to default Vista setup without vLite or disabled services. I have tried a few vista editions from Starter to Ultimate and they are all resource hug from about 300 to 600 MB RAM, not to mention CPU lagging even without Aero. As for me I have 1,5 GHz and 1 GB RAM and even Vista Ultimate with Aero and all effects ran smooth, but I have disabled that, because I hate those effects, which hurts my eyes and make me feel sick.
  23. Thanks man, if only I knew this site sooner, it could spare me a few reinstalls. That is true, unfortunatelly MS plans to release a new WIndows every 2-3 years, so people will not have time to settle in. Vienna should be released in 2009.

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