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Windows XP performance tricks:

Turn Off Indexing to Speed Up Windows XP
Windows XP keeps a record of all files on hard disk.  So when you do a search on the hard drive it is faster.  But because the computer has to index all files, it will slow down normal file commands, so if you do not do a whole lot of searches on your hard drive then you should turn this off. Open My Computer--> Right-click your hard drive icon and select Properties.  At the bottom of the window you'll see "Allow indexing service to index this disk for faster searches"; uncheck this and click Ok.  A new window will pop up.  Select Apply to all folders and subfolders. The process will take some time for the changes to take effect but then you should enjoy slightly faster performance.


Turn of the graphic performance to Speed Up Windows XP

Windows XP is graphically very rich, and if you will turn off the graphic performance you can speed up your Windows. I do it because I care more about the functionality than the fancy graphic.  So click start--> control panel--> system--> advanced--> performance setting button and check “adjust for best performance" and click "OK".


Clean Your Prefetch to Improve Performance

This is a unique technique for Windows XP. Prefetch is a new and very useful technique in Windows XP. However, after using XP some time, the prefetch directory can get full of junk and obsolete links in the Prefetch catalog, which can slow down your computer noticeably.
Open C (system drive)-->windows-->prefetch, delete those junk and obsolete files and reboot. It is recommended that a regular user do this every 3 month.


Speeding up Windows XP Startup

When I turn the computer on and it takes a long time to load, it's because
some programs are loading even if I don’t need to use them. For example I use apache server and some other advanced programs, but I don’t want them to load every time I turn my computer on. So If you have similar problems do this:
Start --> run and type: msconfig
Then go to the Startup tab and look at the list. If you are regular user you shouldn’t see more than 14 things on the list. Also be careful not to uncheck any Windows components.


Shutdown Windows XP Faster

It takes a long time to restart or shutdown Windows XP when the "Exit Windows" sound is enabled. To help this problem, you must disable this sound.
Click Start button--> Control Panel--> Sounds and Audio Devices-->Sounds.
Then under program events and Windows menu click on "Exit Windows" sub-menu and highlight it. Now from sounds you can select, choose "None" and then click "Apply" and "OK". Of course its good to uncheck the start Windows sound also. Now you should see some improvements when shutting down your system.


4/12/2004 by Miro Hvezda


Comments:



Information Technology Specialist 4 --- Thursday, February 17 2005, 07:54

I hope this article will help with my particular issue. Thank you!


MIRO --- Tuesday, March 29 2005, 00:33

Most common problem with Windows XP is that there is not enough memory installed. If you install Windows XP on older PCs with low memory available, then the Windows is very slow. I don’t understand how come the computer manufactures builds PCs with only 128MB memory on Windows XP. Windows XP needs minimum of 256BM memory installed. If there is not enough memory Windows XP will run very slowly.


system of a down --- Tuesday, July 5 2005, 10:47

every body going to the party have a real good time dancing in the desert blowing up your the sunshine


hhh --- Tuesday, July 5 2005, 10:48

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Five reasons to believe computers are female: --- Thursday, September 15 2005, 15:28

1. No one but the Creator understands their internal logic. 2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. 3. The message \"Bad command or file name\" is about as informative as, \"If you don\'t know why I\'m mad at you, then I\'m certainly not going to tell you.\" 4. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval. 5. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


Five reasons to believe computers are male: --- Thursday, September 15 2005, 15:28

1. They have a lot of data, but are still clueless. 2. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem. 3. As soon as you commit to one you realize that, if you had waited a little longer, you could have obtained a better model. 4. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on. 5. Big power surges knock them out for the rest of the night.


gag --- Tuesday, November 15 2005, 05:46

OOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooops what a Hill of information, mountains of ideas, pits of tricks and pebbles of boast


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