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How can I go about improving system performance as well as gaming performance within Dark Age of Camelot?

Below are services that can be turned off/ disabled within Windows XP. They greatly improve system performance and use a lot less system resources. Please note, you should backup the registry before attempting this - instructions are below. Please use this at your own risk. Mythic Entertainment will not be held responsible for any harm done to your PC.


To take a snapshot of your computer system, go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore.

On this screen click create a restore point then click next. On the next screen it will ask you to type in a description of your restore point. Lastly, click on create, and it will save all of your windows settings. Once it has done this, please click on close. Your computer basic settings have now been stored. Please note, you should use the backup utility within Windows XP to completely backup your computer settings.


PLEASE NOTE, every user?s machine is different and although these settings have worked on in-house machines, they are not guaranteed to work on your PC. Please use careful judgment with this guide.


Where to begin: Click on the Windows start button, click on settings, click on control panel click on administrative tools and lastly double click on ?services?.

THE SERVICES

If a service is running, please click the STOP button before disabling.

Alerter DISABLE -Notifies users of administrative alerts. Use at your discretion.

Application Layer Gateway Service Automatic - Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing and the Internet Connection Firewall. Set on Automatic.

Automatic Updates DISABLE - Enables the download and installation of critical Windows updates. If the service is disabled, the operating system can be manually updated at the Windows Update Web site. You can do this manually by going to windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

Background Intelligent Transfer Service MANUAL ? Leave this setting the way it is. Many Windows programs use this service without your knowing.

Clip Book DISABLE - Enables Clip Book Viewer to store information and share it with remote computers. If the service is stopped, Clip Book Viewer will not be able to share information with remote computers. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Disable at your discretion.

COM+ Event System DISABLE - Supports System Event Notification Service (SENS), which provides automatic distribution of events to subscribing Component Object Model (COM) components. If the service is stopped, SENS will close and will not be able to provide logon and logoff notifications. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Leave at the default setting..

COM+ System Application DISABLE - Manages the configuration and tracking of Component Object Model (COM)+-based components. If the service is stopped, most COM+-based components will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Leave at default setting.

Computer Browser DISABLE - Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. This service is not needed on a standalone system. Please note, if you wish to view computers on a LAN setting, leave this setting enabled.

Cryptographic Services ENABLE - Provides three management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files; Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; and Key Service, which helps enroll this computer for certificates. If this service is stopped, these management services will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Leave this one enabled.

DHCP Client DISABLE - *Please check with your network administrator to see if your network is on DHCP before altering this setting* Manages network configuration by registering and updating IP addresses and DNS names. This service receives a Dynamic IP address from your DHCP server. If you have a static IP, meaning an IP that will not change, then you should turn this service off. If you're on a 56k connection or have a dynamic IP, leave the setting default.

Distributed Link Tracking Client DISABLE - Maintains links between NTFS files within a computer or across computers in a network domain. Disable at your discretion.

Distributed Transaction Coordinator DISABLE - Coordinates transactions that span multiple resource managers, such as databases, message queues, and file systems. If this service is stopped, these transactions will not occur. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Disable at your own discretion. No problems were encountered with this service turned off.

DNS Client Automatic - Resolves and caches Domain Name System (DNS) names for this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will not be able to resolve DNS names and locate Active Directory domain controllers. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Leave this setting on its default setting.

Error Reporting Service DISABLE - Allows error reporting for services and applications running in non-standard environments. This will allow you to send error reports to Microsoft when an error occurs. You can disable this service if you never send error reports to Microsoft and do not like to see the message every time an error should occur.

Event Log Automatic - Enables event log messages issued by Windows-based programs and components to be viewed in Event Viewer. Leave this at the default setting..

Fast User Switching Compatibility Automatic - Provides management for applications that require assistance in a multiple user environment. Leave at default setting.

Help and Support DISABLE - Enables Help and Support Center to run on this computer. If this service is stopped, help and Support Center will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. If you feel that you will not need Windows help, then disable this service as it is a resource hog.

Human Interface Device Access Disabled - Enables generic input access to Human Interface Devices (HID), which activates and maintains the use of predefined hot buttons on keyboards, remote controls, and other multimedia devices. If this service is stopped, hot buttons controlled by this service will no longer function. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service DISABLE - Manages CD recording using Image Mastering Applications Programming Interface (IMAPI). If this service is stopped, this computer will be unable to record CDs. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. If you do not use the Windows XP built in CD burning functions and use a third party tool, then this may be disabled.

Indexing Service DISABLE - Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible querying language. This service can be disabled as it is a resource hog and is normally not needed.

Internet Connection Firewall and Internet Connection Sharing MANUAL - Provides network address translation, addressing, name resolution and/or intrusion prevention services for a home or small office network. If you are not sharing an Internet connection with any other computers, set this to manual.

IPSEC Services DISABLE - Manages IP security policy and starts the ISAKMP/Oakley (IKE) and the IP security driver. Many people do not need this service enabled. If you are worried about security, then leave this at its default setting.

Logical Disk Manager DISABLE - Detects and monitors new hard disk drives and sends disk volume information to Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service for configuration. If this service is stopped, dynamic disk status and configuration information may become out of date. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Use at your discretion.

Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service DISABLE - Configures hard disk drives and volumes. The service only runs for configuration processes and then stops. Per Above.

Messenger DISABLE -Sends messages between client and server machines. This is not needed.

MS Software Shadow Copy Provider DISABLE - Manages software-based volume shadow copies taken by the Volume Shadow Copy service. If this service is stopped, software-based volume shadow copies cannot be managed. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Use at your discretion.

Net Login DISABLE - Supports pass-through authentication of account logon events for computers in a domain. Disable at your discretion.

NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing DISABLE - Enables an authorized user to access this computer remotely by using NetMeeting over a corporate intranet. If this service is stopped, remote desktop sharing will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. This is a security risk, I would disable this.

Network Connections Automatic - Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections. This service will vary on each users PC. If you disable this and your internet no longer works, then simply re-enable it.

Network DDE DISABLE - Provides network transport and security for Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) for programs running on the same computer or on different computers. If this service is stopped, DDE transport and security will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. If you do not use the clip book service then you can disable this service.

Network DDE DSDM DISABLE - Manages Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) network shares. If this service is stopped, DDE network shares will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Per above.

Network Location Awareness (NLA) MANUAL - Collects and stores network configuration and location information, and notifies applications when this information changes. This is needed for Internet Connection Sharing. ICS.

NT LM Security Support Provider DISABLE - Provides security to remote procedure call (RPC) programs that use transports other than named pipes. This is not needed unless you are running Message Queuing or a Telnet server. Use at your discretion.

NVIDIA Driver Helper Service DISABLE ? This service is not needed and you will notice drastic improvements on Windows shutdown and startup.

Performance Logs and Alerts DISABLE -Collects performance data from local or remote computers based on preconfigured schedule parameters, then writes the data to a log or triggers an alert. If this service is stopped, performance information will not be collected. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Disable at your discretion.

Plug and Play Automatic - Enables a computer to recognize and adapt to hardware changes with little or no user input. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability. Leave this at Automatic.

Portable Media Serial Number DISABLE - Retrieves the serial number of any portable music player connected to your computer. Disable at your discretion.

Print Spooler Automatic - Loads files to memory for later printing. If you do not have or use a printer, then disable this.

Protected Storage Automatic - Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as private keys, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.

QoS RSVP DISABLE - Provides network signaling and local traffic control setup functionality for QoS-aware programs and control applets. Disable at your discretion.

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Manual - Creates a connection to a remote network whenever a program references a remote DNS or NetBIOS name or address. 56k connections require this service.

Remote Access Connection Manager DISABLE/Manual - Creates a network connection. Per above.

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager DISABLE -Manages and controls Remote Assistance. If this service is stopped, Remote Assistance will be unavailable. Before stopping this service, see the Dependencies tab of the Properties dialog box. You may disable this as it can be a security risk.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Automatic -Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services. Leave this on the Automatic setting.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator DISABLE - Manages the RPC name service database. Disable at your discretion. If a connection will not work after this, set to manual.

Remote Registry Service DISABLE - Enables remote users to modify registry settings on this computer. If this service is stopped, the registry can be modified only by users on this computer. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. This is a security risk.

Removable Storage DISABLE ? This service is used for managing removable media such as tape backup drives etc. Disable at your discretion.

Routing and Remote Access DISABLE - Offers routing services to businesses in local area and wide area network environments. This can be disabled with no harm.

Secondary Logon DISABLE - Enables starting processes under alternate credentials. If this service is stopped, this type of logon access will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Disable.

Security Accounts Manager DISABLE - Stores security information for local user accounts. This can be a security risk, disable at your discretion.

Server DISABLE - Supports file, print, and named-pipe sharing over the network for this computer. If this service is stopped, these functions will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Shell Hardware Detection DISABLE - Some laptops may need this service, otherwise it may be disabled.

Smart Card DISABLE - Manages access to smart cards read by this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will be unable to read smart cards. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. If you do not have a smart card, disable this.

Smart Card Helper DISABLE - Enables support for legacy non-plug and play smart-card readers used by this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will not support legacy reader. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Per above.

SSDP Discovery Service DISABLE - Enables discovery of UPnP devices on your home network. Microsoft has also recommended this service be disabled. Security risk.

System Event Notification DISABLE - Tracks system events such as Windows logon, network, and power events. Notifies COM+ Event System subscribers of these events. Disable at your discretion.

System Restore Service Automatic - Performs system restore functions. To stop service, turn off System Restore from the System Restore tab in My Computer->Properties. If you do not use system restore then turn this service off.

Task Scheduler DISABLE - Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on this computer. If this service is stopped, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. If you do not use a virus program such as Norton etc, then this may disabled as it is a resource hog.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service DISABLE - Enables support for NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) service and NetBIOS name resolution. If you do not use NetBIOS then disable this service as it can be a security risk.

Telephony DISABLE/Automatic - Provides Telephony API (TAPI) support for programs that control telephony devices and IP based voice connections on the local computer and, through the LAN, on servers that are also running the service. If you have a dialup connection to the Internet leave this setting at its default setting. If you use Cable or DSL along with a router, LAN connection, disable it. Please note, if your DSL service is PPPoE, then you need to leave this service on. If your DSL service is going through a router then it may be turned off.

Telnet DISABLE - Enables a remote user to log on to this computer and run programs, and supports various TCP/IP Telnet clients, including UNIX-based and Windows-based computers. If this service is stopped, remote user access to programs might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Disable, security risk.

Terminal Services Automatic - Allows multiple users to be connected interactively to a machine as well as the display of desktops and applications to remote computers. The underpinning of Remote Desktop (including RD for Administrators), Fast User Switching, Remote Assistance, and Terminal Server.

Themes Automatic - Provides user experience theme management.

Uninterruptible Power Supply DISABLE - Manages an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connected to the computer. Disable this if you do not use a UPS unit.

Universal Plug and Play Device Host DISABLE - Provides support to host Universal Plug and Play devices. This may be disabled for security reasons.

Upload Manager DISABLE - Manages synchronous and asynchronous file transfers between clients and servers on the network. If this service is stopped, synchronous and asynchronous file transfers between clients and servers on the network will not occur. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. This may be disabled.

Volume Shadow Copy DISABLE - Manages and implements Volume Shadow Copies used for backup and other purposes. If this service is stopped, shadow copies will be unavailable for backup and the backup may fail. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Disable this at your discretion.

WebClient DISABLE - Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. This may be disabled.

Windows Audio Automatic - Manages audio devices for Windows-based programs. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Automatic - Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.

Windows Installer Automatic - Installs, repairs and removes software according to instructions contained in .MSI files.

Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic - Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension Automatic - Provides systems management information to and from drivers.

Windows Time DISABLE - Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Wireless Zero Configuration DISABLE - Provides automatic configuration for the 802.11 adapters. If you do not use any wireless devices then disable this.

WMI Performance Adapter DISABLE - Provides performance library information from WMI HiPerf providers. This may be disabled.

Workstation (Automatic) - Creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Leave this at its default setting.

Thanks to http://www.overclockersclub.com/ for additional info.

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