Tuning Windows for Best Performance

Good audio recording requires a clean, well-performing computer that is not bogged down with unnecessary applications and services. Poor Windows is famous for getting loaded down with useless cruft, so we’re going to review how to give it a good housecleaning.

A common cause of slow performance is video controllers that use shared system memory. These suck up both CPU cycles and RAM. If you have one of these, it will be worth the money to get a discrete graphics controller; the difference in performance will be large and noticeable, because the processing load will be handled by the video card. If you have cheapo shared-memory video, you should be able to upgrade, whether it’s on a laptop or desktop PC. Your ...

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