I think that hamluis
has covered what would give you the greatest improvement in your older system.
It may be possible to "eke out" a little more performance by installing the following portable software onto a USB Flash drive or CD and running them once from there.ERUNT
(Unzip and copy ERUNT folder to USB Flash or CD).
- Run ERUNT.exe to make a backup of your computer's registry especially if you disable "system restore." The backup can be found under C:\windows\ERDNT\"dateofbackup" ( run ERDNT.exe to restore to that date).
- In the same folder, run NTREGOPT.exe. This will compact the registry much the same way that your e-mail program periodically compacts it's database. No values are added or removed from the registry. A reboot is required.
(Unzip and copy PageDefrag folder to USB Flash or CD).
- Double click PageDfg.exe. Click "defrag at next boot" then "OK" then reboot.
- Because you have only 640 MBs of RAM, you are no doubt heavily reliant on your hard drive's paging file. This file becomes fragmented over time and less efficient.
Run "Disk Cleanup
" from your computer ("Start," "All Programs," Accessories," "System Tools," Disk Cleanup
." Check all except "compress old files" then "OK." This frees up more space on the hard drive. Defraggler Portable
(Unzip and copy dfsetup208 folder to USB Flash or CD).
- Double click Defraggler.exe and select your system drive (usually C:\) .
- First, click on the "Health" tab to view SMART info (if available for your old drive). If anything is failing, you may not want to run disk defragmenter. Backup your data instead.
- If all is well, click "Analyze" drive, then "Defrag."
(Download TCPOptimizer.exe to a newly created folder under "Program Files" such as "TCPOptimizer").
- The TCP Optimizer is targeted towards broadband internet connections.
- Run TCPOptimizer.exe. At the bottom "Choose settings:" click "Optimal," then "Apply changes."
- Click "OK" to accept the changes. Click "Yes" to reboot.
- You can always revert to "Windows Default" settings or a backup of your previous settings found in the TCPOptimzer folder.