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To get best preformance on your windows xp here's some tips.

1) Clear Windows History Files

  • Empty Prefetch folder
  • Delete empty folders in Windows Temp folder
  • Delete Outlook Express Deleted Emails
  • Erase folder streams in Windows registry
  • Empty Print Spool folder
  • Delete recently opened document history records
  • Erase run history
  • Clear past Icon History of system tray

2) Clear Internet History Records

  • Delete Cookies
  • Delete locked URL Cache files
  • Delete all Auto-Complete Data
  • Clear Browser History
  • Delete Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, Opera Cache files

3) Remove unneeded junk filed from system

  • Delete zero length files
  • Delete old Backup files (*.bak, *.old)
  • Delete dump file (*.dmp)
  • Delete temporary files (*.tmp, *.temp)
  • Delete empty folders
  • Delete duplicate files
  • Delete files bigger than 5MB
  • Delete temporary help files (*.gid)
  • Delete unwanted image files (*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.gif, *.bmp)
  • Delete scandisk broken link files (*.chk)
  • Delete archive or download files (*.zip, *.tar, *.cab)
  • Delete invalid or broken shortcut links (*.lnk)

4) Adjust Windows OS Settings

  • Adjust System Restore Point (1-5%) depending on disk size)
  • Adjust Recycle Bin size (10% or recommended)
  • Disable Active Desktop
  • Turn off Error Reporting

5) Optimize Windows performance

  • Remove unwanted applications
  • Disable unnecessary Startup programs
  • Fix/remove invalid registry entries
  • Defragment hard drive

6) Perform file system analysis

  • Check partition table, file structures, directory structures, indexes, etc

7) Disable unnecessary services

  • Alerter
  • Application Management
  • Clipbook
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • Disributed Transaction Coordinator
  • Error Reporting
  • Fast User Switching Compatibility
  • Human Interface Device Access
  • Indexing Service
  • IPSec
  • Logical Disk Manager
  • Logical Disk Manager Administrative
  • Machine Debug Manager
  • Messenger
  • Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
  • Network DDE
  • Network DDE DSDM
  • Performance Logs and Alerts
  • Portable Media Serial Number
  • Qos RSVP
  • Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
  • Remote Registry
  • Routing and Remote Access
  • Secondary Login
  • SSDP Discovery
  • Task Scheduler
  • Telnet
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • Universal Plug and Play Device Host
  • Web Client
  • Windows Time
  • WMI performance Adapter

1 Response to "Speed Up Windows XP Machine"

  1. Larry Miller Says:

    There are 2 bad tips listed here:

    Empty Prefetch Folder:
    Doing this will impair performance and has no benefits. The prefetch folder contains files that allow Windows to optimize both boot and application launch times. Unused or rarely used entries will have virtually no impact on performance.
    The folder is self cleaning after 128 entries.

    Do not disable Task Scheduler..

    On systems prior to Windows XP it was safe to disable this service. This is NOT the case with XP and Vista. Windows uses this service for a number of important functions. The prefetch system will be crippled without it, resulting in impaired boot and application launch times. The benefits of disabling services are highly overrated.

    References:
    http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/XPMyths.html

    Larry Miller
    Microsoft MCSA

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