Speedup Windows XP in Minutes!
It’s not always wise to upgrade your hardware every time you feel your computer is getting slow. Here are some easy tricks to get most out of your hardware (Originally posted in http://www.mobile-pedia.com)
1. Disable extra startup programs
Several items add up to the start up list when you install different software. Such programs are loaded when your system boots and remain in memory (RAM), they also consume processor power. Here are is what you have to do to make them go away:
Type “msconfig”, without quotations
Hit enter key or click the OK button
A window will show up you have to click the startup tab, as shown in the figure
In the Startup tab you will see several boxes and some of them will selected (checked). All you have to do is to uncheck extra items that are of no use. If you run and antivirus program it is not recommended to uncheck it.
After making you choices press the OK button, you will be prompted to restart computer to apply changes.
After you restart you computer a dialogue will be displayed you can choose not to show this dialogue every time you restart.
2. Disable Extra Services
From the menu opened by msconfig command there is also another tab for Services. Click it and check “Hide All Microsoft Services” option. This option will display you list of third party services. Uncheck the services that are not undesirable. As usual you have to reboot to apply the changes on startup.
3. Adjust Display Settings
XP has a very cool looking user interface, but it consumes a certain amount of memory. To make it a little lightweight you have to:
Right click My Computer and select Properties
Click the Advanced tab
Go to Performance>Settings (have to click settings button in the performance section)
Uncheck all except:
Use visual styles on windows and buttons
Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
Show translucent selection rectangle
Show shadows under mouse pointer
Show shadows under menus
Finally click Apply and OK
4. Remove Widgets and Background
Different third party widgets and visual styles like for Vista like look and feel make your system slow. If you remove such packages you system will perform better on CPU and memory intensive tasks. Selecting default and no wallpaper as background also gives better performance than that of heavy wallpapers.
5. Folder Browsing
When you try to browse folder Windows XP automatically searches for printer and network files. This is a performance overhead. To fix this you have to follow following steps:
Open My Computer
Click Tools>Folder Options
Select the View tab and unselect the check box for Automatically search for network folders and printers
Click Apply then OK and finally reboot to apply the change.