I've built a HTPC and would like to optimize Windows 7 to dedicate as much of the resources to Media playback through the HTPC. I'll be using XBMC and Media Center (testing them out, and making a selection later). I'll also be playing full HD content. What are some tweaks to Windows 7 itself that will help me 'squeeze' the most performance for playback of the HD content?
The HTPC will be used for:
- Video playback including Blu Ray Disk, Netflix/Hulu internet streaming, and Saved DVD's
- Audio playback (NOT iTunes!) but the integrated XBMC or Windows Media Center
- Audio files will be streamed from another, LAN connected PC
- There is a high probability that Video will be ripped and encoded as well