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    Question If you don't have a dedicated DAW...

    ... can just having other apps installed- not running, not loaded at startup or anything- decrease performance and cause glitches or drop-offs?

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    Re: If you don't have a dedicated DAW...

    So long as they're not running, they'll have no effect. Mind, though, that some programs (like MS Office) have background "helper" processes that might need disabling in the configurations.

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    Re: If you don't have a dedicated DAW...

    Quote Originally Posted by Markleford
    So long as they're not running, they'll have no effect. Mind, though, that some programs (like MS Office) have background "helper" processes that might need disabling in the configurations.

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    Re: If you don't have a dedicated DAW...

    Quote Originally Posted by Quasar
    ... can just having other apps installed- not running, not loaded at startup or anything- decrease performance and cause glitches or drop-offs?
    Yes! YEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
    At least in my case all that you mentioned has seemed to be at least part of the problem.
    I'm purchasing a dedicated DAW in January!
    Styxx

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    Re: If you don't have a dedicated DAW...

    MSCONFIG and Task Manager are your friends.

    MSCONFIG will let you get rid of startup processes that you don't really need or want, like that QuickTime icon that just won't go away.

    Close all applications that you can, then run the Task Manager and switch to the Processes tab. Google every process you don't recognize, and kill everything that isn't strictly necessary.

    Antivirus software, firewall software, printer "helper" applications, update schedulers, CD packet-writing software (e.g. DirectCD) and the like... all this can be killed if you want to get things as lean as possible. (Just unplug from the Internet if you kill your firewall!) Simply reboot when you're done using your DAW to get all that stuff back again.
    -- Jeff Lee
    Etiam singula minima maximi momenti est - Even the smallest detail is of the utmost importance

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    Re: If you don't have a dedicated DAW...

    Thanks folks.

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