Practical tips to Increase XP Speed and PerformanceTakes 4 mins to read

even though windows Vista and 7 are launched,many of the consumers have sticked to XP because of its simple design and conventional styling.but XP if not maintained properly,may slower down a bit,and cause problems.here are some quick and practical tips to speed up Windows XP


1.)Delete the temporary internet files and browser history.


Whenever you surf the net,windows automatically saves certain pages and addresses and saves in your hard-disk.If you don’t clean up your temporary files,your computer can slow down and can even hang up.


I personally reccomend CCLEANER.It cleans up your hard disk and also your registry cleaner.


Also you can use the disk clean up feature of your windows system.to use it

Click start in the bottom left corner, then click run.


Type, “cleanmgr.exe” in the text field.

Press “okay”. This can take a while if you have never done it before.

                                               OR

Once a month, run a disk cleanup. Here’s how: Double-click the My Computer icon. Then right-click on the C: drive and select Properties. Click the Disk Cleanup button — it’s just to the right of the Capacity pie graph — and delete all temporary files.


2.)Remove unwanted/unneeded software which may be the reason for slowdown.

Click start, then click control panel.

Click add/remove programs.

Highlight any old software you do not use and then click “remove”.


3.) Reduce Windows Load timeClick Start, then Run.

  • Click Start, then Run.

    Type in ‘msconfig’ and press enter.

    Click on the BOOT.INI tab at the top.

    Over to the right there will be a box labeled Timeout with 30 in it. Change the 30 to a 3.

    After you apply this step, your pc will want to do a restart for changes to take effect. After the restart, you’ll get a System Configuration Utility window; just check the radio box that begins “Don’t show this message.”

4.) Decrease Processing time and speed up Windows


Turning off the fancy Windows XP graphics will noticeably increase the speed of your computer.

Go to Start, (Settings), Control Panel, System. NOTE: You may need to ‘Switch to Classic Mode’ to see the System applet.

Go to the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button under Performance.

Select the ‘Adjust for best performance’ radio button, then Apply, and OK.

The graphics aren’t as flashy, but your computer will run a lot faster.

5.)Stop unwanted Start-Up programs.
Run msconfig

Choose startup box

Select uncheck programs you don’t want to run on start up

OR

Click here and download StartUpCPL.

Install the software you have just downloaded.

Open control panel, select Start up.

Disable any programs you do not want load automatically.


6.)Empty the Recycle Bin.


Simply deleting files from the disk doesn’t really delete them at all, rather they are moved to a temporary holding area on the hard drive for easy restoration. This area is called the Recycle Bin and is usually displayed on the Desktop. Review the contents before emptying. Once emptied, the space on the hard drive that the data occupied is made available for reuse and the restoration of files emptied from the recycle bin becomes extremely difficult. Note that this will only speed up your computer if the hard drive is nearly full.

7.)Run “Error Checking” on all hard drives.

Right-click a drive icon in “My Computer” and select “Properties” followed by “Tools”. Choose “Error Checking” to let the utility scan the drive for damaged files that can contribute to slow drive access speeds. This process may take several minutes or more to complete.


8.)Install “Malwarebytes Anti Malware”.

Malwarebytes is a highly regarded, free anti-malware program for Windows computers. It should be downloaded from the developer’s page directly – assuring you of the latest, unadulterated version. The program comes with a setup wizard to make installation as easy as possible. During installation, you will have to opportunity to try the Pro version for 30 days, free of charge. You can accept or pass on this offer as decided by you. The Pro version will allow you to automatically run the program silently in the background to prevent malware from entering your computer. The free version must be manually started to scan for suspected malware installations. Right after installation, and each time a scan is started, you will be asked if the program can download an updated list of threats for its database. This should be allowed for maximum protection at the time of each request. Choose a “quick scan” if you suspect trouble, to clear most problems in a few minutes. A thorough scan would be comprehensive, but
can take quite some time to complete – depending on the amount of data on the drive(s) to be scanned.

2 thoughts on “Practical tips to Increase XP Speed and PerformanceTakes 4 mins to read

  1. Thank you so much for these useful information. As you said, having CCleaner and Malwarebytes on our computers we will skip some annoying problems.
    You've forgot to tell about defragmentation, which is also essential if we want to have fast computers.
    A friend from Toronto IT services recommended me these things and I'm sure that I will continue to work properly on my favorite device.

  2. Thanx Diana for your valuable comment.De-fragmentation is a good solution only if you constantly add new softwares and forget the old one's.then windows will remove those old softwares during de fragmentation or will compress them.But It is only useful if you have more than 20% free space on your disk.For his reason,i have not mentioned de-fragmentation.btw thanks for your advice….

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