Posted 17 June 2005 - 11:14 PM
i know a few tweaks to increase performance of Windows XP. well here goes...
1. enter this in the run window without the quotations, and reboot. "FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 1"
this disables last access timestamps that XP has. When every you execute a file, along with of course executing the file, XP creates a timestamp, which saves the time/date you did it. This isnt going to be very noticable, but every little bit adds up
2. turn off the indexing service(the search feature). this process is a bit of a memory hog, and most people know where the needed files are. there are alternatives to the windows search as well. to do this in run, type services.msc and change the startup of type of indexing service to disabled or manual.
3.add this information to the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Control>PriorityControl
on the top menu of the registry editor click Edit>New>DWORD Value, name it Win32PrioritySeparation and then make the hexadecimal value 26. this makes the CPU pay more attention to foreground core proccesses running, and less to background processes. 3 times as much
4. In the registry editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Control>Session Manager>Memory Management and double click on DisablePagingExecutive and change the value to 1. next change the value of LargeSystemCache to 1. LargeSystemCache forces the operating system to allocate all of your RAM cept 4 MB as filesystem cache, and the 4mb left are used for diskcaching. DisablePagingExecutive restricts the core aspects of the OS from being sent to page file, and stored on RAM instead, which makes XP more responsive. OF course your gonna not have as much free ram, but if you have a decent amount installed(512+), this should not be a problem.a good way to see the effects of these tweaks is to fire up one of the microsoft office programs such as Word or Powerpoint, completely close it and then launch it again. IF the tweak worked properly the program should launch VERY fast. but dont forget to restart windows after registry changes or they wont take effect.
5. This one is hard for some to except, but the XP style GUI is laggier than the windows classic, even on computers with high-end graphics. go to Control panel>System, and under the advanced tab, click the settings button under performance, then the visual styles tab, and select adjust for best performance. check only the imporant boxes in the below window such as "smooth edges of screen fonts," and click OK. Windows will now look like Windows 2000, but it will run better.
hope these tips/tweaks help speed up XP for you, but remember it isnt always THAT noticable so dont hate me if you think you just wasted your time.