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Disabling services & drivers not needed for audio playback


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#1 Computer Audio

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 03:15 AM

Hello,

 

I have been working on a command line script that "optimizes" Windows 8 for use as a high quality audio source.  The script disables Windows 8 services, drivers & features that are not needed for audio use.  The computer will not be used for anything but playback of audio.  All Windows 8 features that are not needed for audio I want to disable or uninstall.  The script is on 2 forums already (Computer Audiophile & JPLAY) and what I am looking for is fresh ideas on things that can be removed from Windows 8.

 

The current script shuts down over 250 drivers/services/features and can be downloaded from here:

 

CAD Windows 8 Audio Optimization Script

 

You can look at and modify the script using Notepad.

 

If anyone has any additional ideas please post them!

 

Best Regards,

Scott



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 04:28 AM

Well, I have to say my first impression is that you appear to be massively over thinking it. I sincerely hope you're not being taken in by snake oil like some of the stuff being promoted on that website - digital cables sounding different and such nonsense!

 

Tidying up services etc is fine within reason, but if you're trying to optimize sound quality, pretty much irrelevant. I don't see any point in even looking for more to do than that script offers. Audio playback will not stretch any modern computer's resources, unless it's a very low-spec one being overworked, and you're experiencing buffer problems or the like, or utilizing some unusual playback methods like a large number of multi-tracks without mixdown.

 

Probably the single most useful tweak to enhance audio performance when you're using ASIO drivers (as I assume you are) is to optimize the processor scheduling for background services. But even then it's most useful for attaining low latency when recording.

 

I really suggest you'll get better mileage concentrating on aspects that will actually influence the sound quality.

 

http://lifehacker.com/5033518/debunking-common-windows-performance-tweaking-myths


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:34 AM

Well, I have to say my first impression is that you appear to be massively over thinking it. I sincerely hope you're not being taken in by snake oil like some of the stuff being promoted on that website - digital cables sounding different and such nonsense!

 

Thanks for that but I guess I am not asking for what you are offering.   If you disagree with what I am doing I am absolutely fine with that!  If you have any thing to offer that deals with my request that would be more helpful for me.

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Scott






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