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  1. Posts : 9
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       #11

    Ok thanks for the info. I used rufous to make a bootable usb stick than went to the Microsoft website and used their program to scan my computer and download a new version.

    Is there a way to know if it is 64 or 32 bit.

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 5,899
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #12

    Caveman007 said:
    Ok thanks for the info. I used rufous to make a bootable usb stick than went to the Microsoft website and used their program to scan my computer and download a new version.

    Is there a way to know if it is 64 or 32 bit.

    Thanks
    I don't understand why you need RUFUS to create a bootable disk when the MCT can do it with less fuss, but that a different conversation as I myself never needed or used RUFUS.

    Anyway again, depending on how you got Windows 10 and what your current OS is, will determine what bit version get's installed (or in this case activated). If you got the free version and are upgrading it will depend on current OS installed. So answering your question with a question - what bit version is your currently OS? That will be the version installed.

    And if you actually purchased the OS (Windows 10) you can choose the bit version to install.
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       #13

    I have never used MCT and I am not familiar with it.
    And for the operating system it was windows 7 and was upgraded to windows 10. The system is currently a 64 bit.

    Thanks for the info.
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    Caveman007 said:
    I do not want all the bloat ware like cortanna and other apps that I do not need. I am just mainly want to use it for Plex.
    Greetings,

    On all my PCs I uninstall any BS apps (News) or games, disable Cortana, remove MS Office, and kill OneDrive. This stops the system nagware. On my main PC I run Plex Server and my Roku sees everything and it works perfectly. However, since I only use Plex at night I created a script to turn it on automatically each night after 9PM. This prevents Plex itself from being 'bloatware' all day long. (I shut down the PC each night and so Plex Server is gone in the morning.)

    So I guess I'm wondering why the concern over those other apps? Is this an old PC with low spec and you fear if anything else is running it will gum up Plex? Because if that isn't the case I think you're all set. If it is -- you might want to consider installing a Linux OS?

    I have a crazy super low end Pentium PC by my TV. Windows 10 runs slow on it, but for a while I tried Ubuntu Budgie in dual boot. That environment was twice as fast.

    If the Plex PC is going to be left to it's own devices, I'd recommend installing a RAM freeing program. I've been trying something called Wise Memory Optimizer and it will automatically attempt to free up RAM once the available goes below a certain amount. I just contacted the developers about adding a feature that would also free up the standby RAM and they're considering it.
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  5. Posts : 9
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       #15

    thanks for the reply sounds good to me. I will try and do what you suggested.
    My system is a XPS i7 2600, and you are right, I am trying to limit what is on it to have plex run smoothly.


    Thanks again
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    I'm running an Intel Core i5-7400 with 8GBs of DDR 4. My movies are on an HDD connected via USB. This first image shows what's what when nothing is running but the system.

    Which version of Windows 10, to use just mainly for a Plex dedicated-2020-01-13-10_46_28-settings.jpg

    This is when Plex is running and streaming to my Roku

    Which version of Windows 10, to use just mainly for a Plex dedicated-2020-01-13-10_50_12-settings.jpg

    I presume this means Plex itself is a low-key app.
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  7. Posts : 5,899
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #17

    The Pool Man said:
    If the Plex PC is going to be left to it's own devices, I'd recommend installing a RAM freeing program. I've been trying something called Wise Memory Optimizer and it will automatically attempt to free up RAM once the available goes below a certain amount.
    You don't need any "RAM" optimizers as Plex isn't that heavy, even transcoding hi-def movies. Anyway I only use Plex for streaming music and I'm on a WD NAS box with 16gig of memory and have no issues.

    Don't know what the OP has for RAM, but I'm sure it's enough to run Plex without issue, and no "RAM optimizers".

    My two cents.
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    sygnus21 said:
    You don't need any "RAM" optimizers as Plex isn't that heavy.
    My concern isn't Plex. It's if this PC is left alone and Defender kicks in now and again. Here's what my RAM looks like running only Plex.

    Which version of Windows 10, to use just mainly for a Plex dedicated-2020-01-13-11_12_59-settings.jpg

    This is after a Quick Scan by Defender

    Which version of Windows 10, to use just mainly for a Plex dedicated-2020-01-13-11_15_18-settings.jpg

    Looks pretty good. Minimal difference. This is after a Malwarebytes scan.

    Which version of Windows 10, to use just mainly for a Plex dedicated-2020-01-13-11_19_38-settings.jpg

    And this is after the Optimizer tidied up

    Which version of Windows 10, to use just mainly for a Plex dedicated-2020-01-13-11_20_25-settings.jpg

    You're right that it's nothing to panic about. But I find when you leave a PC running for days the RAM starts to gum up.
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  9. Posts : 5,899
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #19

    The Pool Man said:
    My concern isn't Plex. It's if this PC is left alone and Defender kicks in now and again.
    I've tons of programs and apps on my system and I've never ever used any RAM optimizers. I'm also using Windows Defender as my AV. Of course I've removed some stuff not needed, but these are apps or stuff that's intended to be removed or can be removed without affecting the OS.

    Basically my Windows 10 x64 Pro OS is running straight out the box as is without this or that being uninstalled, disabled, or tweaked out.

    I feel like Windows 10 is smart enough to manage RAM without help from third party apps. That's me.
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  10. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro
       #20

    sygnus21 said:
    I feel like Windows 10 is smart enough to manage RAM without help from third party apps. That's me.
    You and me both. I'm a server engineer for a living. (Linux and Windows). These systems are just fine on their own managing RAM. I would never install a 3rd party tool to try to make things better. They usually show you a pretty chart and then make things worse in reality.

    Either Home or Pro would be fine for this purpose. Unless you want to RDP into your Plex box from time to time, I would save the money and go with Home.
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