Radeon Software Slimmer

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon Drivers Section' started by GSDragoon, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. GSDragoon

    GSDragoon Master Guru

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    New beta is out, with a bunch of changes mainly for post install. This one is definitely a beta. After this, I want to clean up some things and hopefully get out a 1.0 release in the next couple weeks while I'm off work and have time. Let me know if there are any issues or have any feedback on these changes. It's tough trying to balance making things easy to use and also allowing advanced control.

    https://github.com/GSDragoon/RadeonSoftwareSlimmer/releases/tag/1.0.0-beta.8

    New Features
    • Post Install: Added information about running Radeon Software and Host Services processes
    • Post Install: Added functionality to start and stop Radeon Software and Host Services processes
    • Post Install: Added back the ability to enable and disable Host Services
    • Post Install: Added last run time to scheduled tasks list view
    • Post Install: Added enable all and disable all buttons for scheduled tasks
    • Post Install: Added functionality to enable and disable services
    • Post Install: Added functionality to start and stop services
    • Post Install: Tweaked and added informational text to the UI
    • Post Install: Add Dx9 shader cache folder to temp files
    Changes to Existing Functionality
    • Post Install: Removed author from scheduled tasks
    • Post Install: Moved changing service start mode to advanced section
    Other Changes
    • Pre Install: Reworked some internal logic for how the navigation triggers extraction and loading of the installer files to account for changes in MahApps.Metro 2.4.0.
    Dependencies Updated
    • MahApps.Metro 2.3.4 -> 2.4.3
    • TaskScheduler 2.8.21 -> 2.9.0
     
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    All I can really say is Thanks for the work, just so much stupid bloat, you used to be able to pick if you wanted relive installed now AMD just installs all this Rubbish.
     
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    For the first time in 15 years i'm back using AMD. Since i like my install as clean as possible i was wondering what packages and scheduled tasks i don't need without getting problems? Normally i only install drivers and settings fot both graphics and audio? I see a lot of audio/sound related packages??? Thanx.
     

  5. JonasBeckman

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    The FAQ for the slimmer is pretty good, for my own way of handling it I install the driver as usual then uninstall the VR component (Registry edit and set it as System 0 so it shows up.) since I don't have a VR kit or use OpenVR.

    After that I usually remove the start up tasks as I do not utilize AMD Link or need Radeon Settings running in the background and while it has it's uses I also rename the two overlay related files for Radeon Settings so it doesn't run either.
    Install the latest Vulkan runtime (AMD uses 1.2.154.1) - https://vulkan.lunarg.com/sdk/home (Just the small runtime not the full SDK.) and finally a reboot once everything else is set up. :)

    Almost forgot a part here.

    Command line with administrative rights and PNPUtil.exe -e followed by PNPUtil..exe -d OEM0.inf to whatever to clear out the older AMD driver files, AMD Fendr/Defender/Crash Reporter and the virtual gamepad thing I believe is what that last one is.
    (Optional but I don't use the crash reporter and I don't have a gamepad plus cleaning out the prior driver files is a nice little cleanup extra.)


    After that and back from restarting (Radeon Settings will complain if you try to open it before rebooting.) start Radeon Settings and set it all up as desired test for stability however long you feel is needed if you activate and use Wattman for anything and finally close the Radeon Settings process, I don't need it again until the next driver update generally.
    (Updating resets Wattman and also for when doing any fully clean driver installations between major updates to these.)

    Potentially you may also want to set things like the DirectX shader cache state, ULPS mode and other options that aren't available in Radeon Settings and reboot again otherwise that's it. :)


    FAQ on the Github page for Slimmer covers it all fairly well including the otherwise fairly obscure AMD External Events processes (I leave those alone.) and other packaged components.
    Should also handle most of these tasks and a few others for you without the manual process I usually go through.

    https://github.com/GSDragoon/RadeonSoftwareSlimmer/wiki
    Again this covers most of the above in better detail and describes what the various components and services do so it's a really handy guide for what you want to keep or what you can remove and what should be kept.


    EDIT: As to AMD's chipset driver I grab the latest I can find and hope it installs. :p
    (November 26th but all it has is a slightly newer power profile so it's not that important over the current main AMD version.)

    If not I go through the log files find the offending error throwing component uninstall that first and then it works.
    (Usually a path error from different folder names in the cases I've had this it was the PCI-E driver getting name changes.)


    Keeping the latest Visual C++ runtime installed too but as AMD's using 2019 now it just skips over trying to add a older version so this is handled a lot better instead of having multiples.
    (Not that that's usually a problem but I like keeping the system fairly clean, OSOCD. :D )
     
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  6. Rafnagud

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    Thanx for your reply, that was very useful.
     
  7. GSDragoon

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    Radeon Software Slimmer 1.0.0-beta.10
    https://github.com/GSDragoon/RadeonSoftwareSlimmer/releases/tag/1.0.0-beta.10

    Still waiting on the first 2021 driver, to see if they are making any big changes.

    New Features
    • PreInstall: Added buttons to enable all or disable all scheduled tasks
    • PostInstall: Added temp file paths for analytics and news feed
    Defects Fixed
    • PreInstall: Fixed a bug to allow enabling scheduled tasks that are disabled
    • PostInstall: Fixed LocalLow temp file paths
    • PostInstall: Fixed a bug that prevented Host Services from being disabled or enabled
     

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