For Windows-7, the number of automatically started processes has increased, and these "services" may increase the CPU, disk or network load to the extent that packets of EUMETCast data become lost, resulting in missed images or parts of images. I tried some of the recommendations in July 2012 and found that they did help, but I also needed to back out some of the changes. Here are the EUMETSAT recommendations and my notes. Your experiences may differ, and I would be grateful for any feedback and any corrections.
Services to be disabled
The only one of these I tried was the recommendation to increase the size of the lookaside lists - for improved file performance. Right-click the Start, All programs, Accessories, Command prompt icon, and select Run as Administrator. Here is a sample run. Note that you will need to reboot following this change.
C:\Windows\system32>fsutil behavior query MemoryUsage MemoryUsage = 0 C:\Windows\system32>fsutil behavior set MemoryUsage 2 NOTE: Changes to this setting require a reboot to take effect. MemoryUsage = 2
Remove MS OS Software
(Not tried, but MS Outlook Express is not used with Windows-7).
(Note the requirement for NTFS partition formatting). Normal good practice is to separate the OS (Windows) and data partitions. When starting with a new PC, you may want to have the OS and some software on a faster SSD (solid-state disk), and the data and other rapidly changing content (such as my own software) on a separate 1-2 TB hard disk, so that the number of writes to the SSD is minimised. The SSD write lifetime is finite.
Other items to be considered