Frequently Asked Questions

Windows BSI Basic Computer Configuration Suggestions

Operating System:
Windows 7, 8/8.1, & 10 Professional
64bit versions currently supported for Simian 2.3, Wavecart 5.1, and Stinger 3.1.

Hard Drives:
64K Allocation unit size
NTFS File System
Full Format
Disabled Indexing Service (under disk properties)
Separate hard drives for Audio and System

CPU:
We prefer Genuine Intel (Core 2 Duo,Core I series, or Xeon) CPUs


Drivers:
All latest drivers for motherboard and 3rd party hardware (Video Card, AudioScience, Sentinel Hardware Key)

Memory:
Namebrand
2 gigs and up

Audio Cards:
AudioScience 5xxx or 6xxx series.

Windows:

  • Notification Area Icona
    • Check Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar
    • Click Turn system icons on or off → Action Center = Off
  • Power Options
    • High Performance
    • Turn off the display: Never
    • Put the computer to sleep: Never
    • Change Plan Settings → Change Advanced Power Settings
      • Require a password on wakeup → Setting: No.
      • Hard Disk → Turn off Hard Disk after → Setting: Never.
      • USB Settings → USB Selective suspend setting → Setting: Disabled.
      • Power buttons and lid → sleep button action → Setting: Do Nothing.
  • Regional and Language Options
    • Formats tab
      • Short Date: MM/dd/yyyy.
      • Long Date: MMMM dd, yyyy.
  • Sound
    • Playback tab
      • Select last device of first audio card and click the Set Default button.
    • Recording tab
      • Select last device of first audio card and click the Set Default button.
    • Sounds tab
      • Sound Scheme: No Sounds.
      • Deselect Play Windows Startup Sound
    • Communications tab
      • When Windows detects communications activity Do Nothing
  • System
    • Advanced tab → Startup and Recovery
      • System Startup → Select Time to display recovery options when needed.
    • Remote tab → Remote Assistance
      • Deselect Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer.
  • Windows Defender
    • Tools → Options → Administrator → Deselect Use this program.
  • Windows Firewall
    • Turn Windows Firewall On or Off
      • Home or work(private) network location settings → Turn off Windows Firewall
      • Public network location settings → Turn off Windows Firewall
  • Visual Effects
    • Control Panel → Performance Information and Tools → Adjust visual effects → Visual Effects tab→ Adjust for Best Performance
    • Check Smooth Edges for Screen Fonts
  • Time Sync
    • Control Panel → Date and Time → Internet Time Tab→ UNCHECK Automatically Synchronize with an Internet Time Server.
  • Network (if using network file sharing)
    • Start button → enter Network and Sharing Center in the "Search for programs and files" → click the Network and Sharing Center link at the top → Click Change Advanced Sharing Settings on the left hand side → choose Turn off password protected sharing radio button under Password protected sharing category → click on Save Changes
  • Auto Defrag
    • Start button → enter dfrgui in the "Search for programs and files" → click the dfrgui.exe link at the top → Click Configure Schedule → Uncheck Run on a schedule
  • Turn off UAC
    • Start button → enter UAC in the "Search for programs and files" → click the Change User Account Control Settings link at the top → Lower bar to Never Notify → Click OK
  • Windows Updates
    • Start button → enter Windows Updates in the "Search for programs and files" → click the Change Settings on the left pane → Set to Notify me but don't automatically download or install them→ Click OK


 Last updated Thu, Jul 10 2014 1:25pm

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