In Windows XP, Is there a non-harmful way to create a desktop shortcut that closes down all noncritical computer apps?
I tire of closing down my web browser, audio player, word processor, ETC. before I start up a game. I don’t mean simple games such as Zuma, I mean games that require software like I described to be closed down so a games performance won’t be affected.
I've tried to create bootup modes using some of the guidance in the tweaking companion in the past but failed miserably (http://www.tweakguides.com/)
not sure what your system is, but iwth Win7 and raid 0 disks bootup is only a matter of second rather than minutes. At least this way I always know when my computer is in safe (firewalled and virus checked) or performance (minimum processes) modes.
I use this to run MW2 (I think my game install has some kind of memory glitch, after a while the sound starts to break up if I have anything running in the background)