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Windows Mobile 6: Performance Tweaks

Monday, July 14, 2008 in Technical Articles (Views: 6125)
Here are some performance tricks and tips to make your PocketPC run a little more efficiently. These have been tested on a T-Mobile Wing, and honestly can't say all these hacks will work the same for you. So the disclaimer: If you do something that causes your PocketPC to enter the land of the dead, you've been warned to back up your phone first. Do a nice hard reset and happy reformatting at that point... :)

Now would be a good time to get acquainted with SPB Backup, a very fine backup tool for Windows Mobile if you have not done so already.

Without further ado...

Removing Startup Items

On your device, startup items are in the \Windows\Startup directory. I recommend you first make a backup of anything from this folder you delete.

1. If you don't use the T-Mobile Fave-5 Plan, you can remove the "My5MsgCenter.lnk"

2. If you don't use Voice Commands (or prefer to load them later), remove "Voice Command.lnk"

Remove Default Installed Apps

Usually your phone will come with things you don't want. I usually delete their IM client, T-Zones and E-Mail Setup applications. Not only will this save space, but if you use something like T-Mobile Internet, T-Zones is useless (imho) and if you use it, you would be better off using a multi IM client like IM+.

The rest of this involves modifying the PocketPC Registry. I am not providing a tutorial for the hobbyist who has no earthly concept of what they are doing on how to do this. But for those of you who dare to read on, here are some additional registry hacks for Windows Mobile 6...

Note: Never forget to back up portions of the registry you modify or delete. It could save you from restoring a backup or worse, starting over.

All services are under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Services"

Removing Services

T-Mobile Fav5

1. Export "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Services\SMSCSend" somewhere

2. Delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Services\SMSCSend

Windows Live

1. Export "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Services\Windows Live" somewhere

2. Delete "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Services\Windows Live"

Some other Services (be careful with some of these)


Bluetooth Human Interface Drivers


Bluetooth Audio Gateway


Activesync over BlueTooth service


Loads WSP Push, Push Router, SIM tool kit and SIM Init


Protocol for Exchanging data between devices or the sync process


Popup Notifications fired on Events


Credentials Manager


Enrolls and Renews Certificates


Wireless Monitor Service

Using the Enhanced File System

Registry: HKLM\System\StorageManager\FATFS

Key: CacheSize (dWord)

Default: 0

New Value: 8192


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