1 Turn off system sounds and all sounds (muting doesn't count)
2 Turn off screen saver, only use blank screen or off
3 turn off background image, only use solid color
4 Set windows to prefer "optimize for Performance"
5 Turn off disc Indexing
6 Turn off system recovery
7 Do NOT use an Anti virus EVER!! Do not surf Porn, password crackers, free music/ movie/ software sites (Pirating) and You will be fine !!!!caveat emptor!!!! Avoid surfing the internet on a Simming rig, when you do only visit reputable flight sim sites!
8 Turn off anything/ everything running in the background unless Windows or Simulator needs it
9 Do not ever install ANYTHING that is not related to the Simulator
10 Buy a high powered rig! Flight simulators are the single most power hungry piece of software ever created for the PC
11 NEVER EVER let children "play" or surf on your simming rig!!! children can trash a system faster than anything I have ever seen! But by all means let them explore Flight simulation if they seriously want to learn aviation, supervise and guide them......
I have been simming for 37 years, started on a Timex Sinclair and flew FS when Bruce Artwick still owned it (Sub Logic)
Warning! AT YOUR OWN RISK ONLY....
Oh Yea! never ever use Windows web browser ie: Internet Exploder except to download a different browser....