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Windows XP Optimization – 10 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Speed Up Windows XP! Washington DC (DC), Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA)

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1. Optimize Display Windows XP can look very appealing but the displaying this content can waste system good amount of resources. To optimize:

  • Go to Start
  • Right Click on My computer and select properties
  • Click on advanced tab
  • Click settings under the performance
  • Under the visual effects choose the option adjust for best performance

2. Disable Indexing Services Indexing Services is a small program that uses large amounts of RAM and process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer so when the next you search something it scans the index that was created by this program so it can find it faster.  This system service is completely pointless whether you search often or not. To disable this unnecessary service follow below.

  • Click start and select control panel (if you don’t see it right away choose settings then control panel).
  • Double-click Add/Remove Programs
  • Click the Add/Remove Window Components
  • Uncheck the Indexing services
  • Click Next

3. Speedup Folder Browsing You may have noticed that there is a slight delay every time you open my computer to browse folders. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files, printers every time Windows Explorer is opened. To speed up browsing folder search;

  • Open My Computer
  • Click on Tools and select folder options
  • Click on the View tab.
  • Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
  • Click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

4. Reduce Your Recycling Bin Reserve. Right click on your recycling bin located on your desktop and select properties, the standard option that is selected is about 10% of your hard drive is reserved to be used to store deleted files. Unless you delete massive files preselected amount in not needed. It is recommended reduce the size of this reserve to 2-3%, a much more reasonable value. 5. Improve Memory Usage Cacheman improves performance of your computer by preventing frequent swapping of data to the hard drive, which results in an improved performance, system reaction time, and stability. Once Installed:

  • Go to Show Wizard and select All
  • Run all the wizards by selecting next or finished until you are back to the main menu. Use the defaults unless you know exactly what you are doing
  • Exit and Save Cacheman
  • Restart Windows

6. Optimize your internet connection There are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run TCP/IP Optimizer.

  • Download and install
  • Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps)
  • Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet
  • Check Optimal Settings then Apply
  • Reboot

7. C Cleaner> C Cleaner is a little program that will help you clean out entries in your registry left by uninstalled programs. C Cleaner does it all at once for you and also cleans up old clunk from your HD. This is recommended at least Once a month. 8. Update to Service Pack 3. One of the simplest ways to speed up your system is to install Service Pack 3 clicking on the highlighted. And some people report up to 10% performance improvements as a result. Another method listed below;

  • Click start and select all programs and click windows update

9. Disable your Background If you care about speed over beauty, disable your background image. Images will slow boot time and reduce performance.

  • Right click on Desktop and select Properties
  • Select the Desktop tab
  • In the Background window select None, and click ok

10. Remove Fonts for Speed For optimal performance, make certain that you have fewer than 500 fonts on your system. Trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require. This will give you a slight performance increase.

  • Click start and select  Control Panel , and open the 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.

Hopefully you find these few tips to be useful.

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