Friday, May 22, 2009

ways 2 speed up XP

1. Disable Indexing Services

Indexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don’t search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following:

Go to Start 
Click Settings 
Click Control Panel 
Double-click Add/Remove Programs 
Click the Add/Remove Window Components 
Uncheck the Indexing services 
Click Next 

2. Optimise Display Settings

Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimise:

Go to Start 
Click Settings 
Click Control Panel 
Click System 
Click Advanced tab 
In the Performance tab click Settings 
Leave only the following ticked: 
Show shadows under menus 
Show shadows under mouse pointer 
Show translucent selection rectangle 
Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop 
Use visual styles on windows and buttons 

3. Speedup Folder Browsing

You may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:

Open My Computer 
Click on Tools menu 
Click on Folder Options 
Click on the View tab. 
Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box 
Click Apply 
Click Ok 
Reboot your computer 

4. Run BootVis - Improve Boot Times

BootVis will significantly improve boot times

Download and Run 
Select Trace 
Select Next Boot and Driver Trace 
A Trace Repetitions screen will appear, select Ok and Reboot 
Upon reboot, BootVis will automatically start, analyze and log your system’s boot process. When it’s done, in the menu go to Trace and select Optimize System 
When your machine has rebooted wait until you see the Optimizing System box appear. Be patient and wait for the process to complete 

5. Remove the Desktop Picture

Your desktop background consumes a fair amount of memory and can slow the loading time of your system. Removing it will improve performance.

Right click on Desktop and select Properties 
Select the Desktop tab 
In the Background window select None 
Click Ok 

6. Remove Fonts for Speed

Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

Open Control Panel 
Open Fonts folder 
Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:\FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain. 

Hope you find these 10 tips useful please leave a comment below and please share any other tips you may have with other readers.

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