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May 12th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Windows XP Optimization

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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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September 17th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services, Home Computer Repair Services, In-Home Computer Repair, Windows Tips and Tricks

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Low Virtual Memory Error Message-

What is Virtual Memory?

The process of increasing the apparent size of a computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory) by using a section of the hard drive space as an extension of RAM and treating it like real memory, thus virtual memory.  Basically, when the entire RAM on your computer is in use, Windows will attempt to create virtual memory by using hard drive space to create more memory and treat it as such.

Even though your software can’t make the distinction between virtual and real memory, there is a good chance that you will notice your programs and software are running considerably slower because of the hard drive activity that it requires.

Here are initial steps you can take to increase the size of your virtual memory:

Windows 7

1.       Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

2.       In the left pane, click Advanced system settings.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3.       On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

4.       Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

5.       Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

6.       Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

7.       Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.

Windows Vista

1.       Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

2.       In the left pane, click Advanced system settings.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3.       On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

4.       Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

5.       Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

6.       Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

7.       Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Performance pane, click Settings.
  4. In the Performance Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change.
  6. Change the Initial size value and the Maximum size value to a higher value, click Set, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.

Windows 2000

  1. Right-click My Computer and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click Advanced
  3. Click Performance Options.
  4. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change to increase the paging file.Windows 2000 requires an Initial value of 126 MB for debugging.
  5. After you change the setting, click Set, and then click OK.
  6. In the System Control Panel Applet dialog box, click OK to the following message:

The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect.

  1. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.
  2. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.

If you don’t feel like any of these steps have aided in improving your virtual memory issues and if you continue to see signs of low virtual memory, or if Windows warns you about a low virtual memory problem, you should look in to adding more RAM.  The first step is to check with the information that came with your computer to determine which type of RAM is compatible with your computer and here at Geek ABC we offer in-home computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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