A few things you can do to increase performance:
• Defrag your system
. If your not sure how to do this, then read The Importance of Disk Defragmentation
. Then run CHKDSK
in "SAFE MODE
" and have it repair anything it finds.
• Increase performance by doing this:
1. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced and click on "Settings
" under performance. Then UNcheck
all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again.
2. Right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes
and hit "Okay".
• Adding more RAM
is a quick fix that can have a dramatic affect on your system's speed and responsiveness. You can check how much RAM you have by going to Start > Program Files > Accessories > System Tools > System Information and look at your System Summary.
• If your short on space, clean up your hard drive
by removing unused programs and transfer old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive.
• Check for any unnecessary running services
. Use this guide to help fine tune this area: Black Viper's Services Configuration hosted by MajorGeeks
for SP1 & SP1a.
• Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup
when Windows boots. Many startup programs are not needed and disabling them can save resources and improve performance.
Go to Start > Run and type: msconfig
" or press "Enter
" and the System Configuration Utility
Go to the Startup Tab
, and see what programs are listed.
If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search one of the following Startup Databases:Startup Programs DatabaseStartupList IndexNote: MSConfig.exe is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable startup programs.
A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have have Spybot S&D 1.4
installed, launch it, go to Mode
and select Advanced
. Then go to Tools
, select System Startups
. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with them disabled. You can always go back and tick any of them to re-enable the startup entry. Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel
and Starter by CodeStuff
any third party "Memory Manager
" or "Optimizer
". Windows XP memory management was designed to make the best use of Ram and these memory management utilities defeat that purpose.
They push applications out of RAM into the pagefile, creating holes in the RAM and by doing so,
slow down your computer.
• For more suggestions and performance tips read:
"Restore Your Computer's Performance with Windows XP
"XP Performance Tweaks
"Performance Boost for XP