Boost your XP gaming with Hardware Profiles

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by Lee79, May 30, 2008.

  1. Lee79

    Lee79 Hyper...Active...Team Fortress 2 Addict

    Jul 29, 2007
    Boost XP for Gaming: Create a Hardware Profile to free up System Resources.

    Instead of disabling hardware, programs and stopping services to free up resources for gaming, lets create a new "Hardware Profile".

    Right click on My Computer - select Properties. Select Hardware Tab, then click Hardware Profiles.
    Mark "Profile 1 (current)", then Copy button and then rename to "Game or Gaming" then OK button.


    Now you have created a menu that shows up when you boot your computer. You normally would boot with the Original Profile Configuration. Never delete your "Original Configuration" if you boot into your gaming profile.

    Now, to tweak the different services for your Gaming hardware profile. Click the "Start" button. Select run from the bottom of the right column. Then type "services.msc" in the box and click ok. Or go to the "Control Panel" Select "Administrative Tools" then "Services"


    Once the services window has loaded we are ready to turn off unneeded services when gaming. For instructional purposes we are going to turn off the 'Alerter' service.
    Find this service in the list and select it with the mouse.

    Right-click 'Alerter', select Properties or a quick way is to double click it, Choose the "Log on" tab. In the lower part of this box select "Disable" or "Enable" dependent on which hardware profile you configure. If you configure for your "Game" profile you choose "Disable" to free up this system resources then apply.


    Now this is all the services we are going to disable for our "Game" Profile do the same for each one.

    Application Layer Gateway Service** (Only if Windows firewall is not used)
    Application Management
    Background Intelligent Transfer Service
    COM+ System Application
    Computer Browser
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    Distributed Transaction Coordinator
    Error Reporting Service
    Help and Support
    IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service** (Only if you do not use the cd-rw xp record suport. If you use Nero or some other burning software disable)
    Indexing Service
    Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
    IPSEC Services
    Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
    MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
    Net Logon
    NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
    Network DDE
    Network DDE DSDM
    Network Location Awareness (NLA)
    NT LM Security Support Provider
    Performance Logs and Alerts
    Portable Media Serial Number
    Print Spooler ** (Only if do not have or use a printer on your PC)
    Protected Storage
    QoS RSVP
    Routing and Remote Access
    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
    Remote Registry
    Removable Storage
    Secondary Logon
    Security Accounts Manager
    Smart Card
    Smart Card Helper
    SSDP Discovery Service
    System Restore Service
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    Task Scheduler
    Uninterruptible Power Supply
    Universal Plug and Play Device Host
    Upload Manager
    Volume Shadow Copy
    Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
    Windows Installer
    Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
    Wireless Zero Configuration ** (Only if you do not use WIFI for your internet connection)
    WMI Performance Adapter
    Windows Time

    Now reboot and select your Gaming profile and check the internet works for network play. Once you have setup your gaming profile only use it to play games and surf the net. You should use your normal profile to install games and do all other computer related tasks.

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    Happy boosted gaming [​IMG] .
  2. arctic_flame

    arctic_flame GBAtemp ATMEGA8 Fan

    Nov 4, 2006
    England land
    Nice tutorial. I have a feeling that this might require XP Pro though...
  3. DrKupo

    DrKupo Resistance: Fall of Gbatemp

    Jan 4, 2006
    United States
    East Coast, USA
    quite frankly, if your computer is so bad you have to run XP and beyond that, you have to tweak it to play games, you shouldn't be gaming on that PC.
  4. Lee79

    Lee79 Hyper...Active...Team Fortress 2 Addict

    Jul 29, 2007
    Yeah i use XP Pro not sure about Home as i have never used it. [​IMG]
  5. Urza

    Urza hi

    Jul 18, 2007
    United States
  6. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

    Jan 11, 2008
    United States
    So you both agree that Vista is better than XP? Kupo hates Linux, and you can only install OSX on a PC if the CPU supports SSE2 and you wouldn't have much if any hardware support.
  7. Urza

    Urza hi

    Jul 18, 2007
    United States
  8. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

    Jan 11, 2008
    United States
    I agree with that to a point, for low spec PCs running old games, extra services that might be needed for other things (antivirus, firewall, whatever) can use a lot of resources - and I still think Vista needs a little tweaking to perform optimally.
  9. stormwolf18

    stormwolf18 GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 25, 2006


    anyway, try to add more ram instead of stopping services ... and btw, im sure you aint getting more fps by doing all these steps.