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Friday, January 2, 2009

Speed up your Windows XP

Are you tired on your slow computer? Do you want to speed it up to the maximum. Now are you ready to know how? It will really really speed up your computer booting,shutdown and Loading.
This guide is base on my experience and other blog/forum.
This Guide and Tweak will really Speed up your.

1.)Turn Off System Restore

System Restore can be a useful if your computer is having problems, however storing all the restore points can literally take up Gigabytes of space on your hard drive. To turn off System Restore:

1. Open Control Panel
2. Click on Performance and Maintenance
3. Click on System
4. Click on the System Restore tab
5. Tick "Turn off System Restore on All Drives"
6. Click "Ok"

2.) Speed up Accesing Folders

If you have a lot of folders and subdirectories on your computer, when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt.

1. Go to Start and then Run and type “regedit”
2. Click through the file system until you get to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem”
3. Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select "DWORD Value"
4. Create a new DWORD Value called "NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate"
5. Then Right click on the new value and select ‘Modify’
6. Change the Value Data to "1"
7. Click "OK"

3.) Improve your Booting

A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.

1. Go to Start Menu and Click Run
2. Type in “Regedit” then click ok
3. Find “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOpt imizeFunction”
4. Select “Enable” from the list on the right
5. Right on it and select “Modify”
6. Change the value to “Y to enable”
7. Reboot

4.) Make your menu "loads Faster"
This tweak is the best tweak I've ever done. It really works for me. It really makes my slow speed to a very speedy thing. This one will remove a delay between clicking on a menu and XP Displaying menu

1. Go to Start then Run
2. Type ‘Regedit’ then click ‘Ok’
3. Find “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop”
4. Select “MenuShowDelay”
5. Right click and select “Modify’
6. Reduce the number to around “100″

This is the delay time before a menu is opened. You can set it to “0″ but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them - well move your mouse over them anyway.

5.) Load program faster
This is just a little tweak that can load your programs slight.

1. Right-click on the icon/shortcut you use to launch the program
2. Select properties
3. In the ‘target’ box, add ‘ /prefetch:1′ at the end of the line.
4. Click “Ok”

6.)Make Shutdown Faster
his tweak reduces the time XP waits before automatically closing any running programs when you give it the command to shutdown.

1. Go to Start then select Run
2. Type ‘Regedit’ and click ok
3. Find ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’
4. Right click and select ‘Modify’
5. Change the value to ‘1000′
6. Click ‘OK’
7. Now select ‘HungAppTimeout’
8. Right click and select ‘Modify’
9. Change the value to ‘1000′
10. Click ‘OK’
11. Now find ‘HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop’
12. Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’
13. Right click and select ‘Modify’
14. Change the value to ‘1000′
15. Click ‘OK’
16. Now find ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control’
17. Select ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’
18. Right click and select ‘Modify’
19. Change the value to ‘1000′
20. Click ‘OK’

7.) Load start menu Faster

There's scope for tweak even in the way your start menu opens up.

This is simple to:

1.)Run Regedit,
3.) chooseControl Panel
4.) choose Desktop
5.) choose MenuShowDelay
6.)you will notice that the key value is 400.
7.) Change the number to any number below 400 base on what you want speed.

This is the maximum "slow-rate" which is an artificial mechanism to slow things down. You can speed this up by reducing the rate all the way down to zero. Doing this will probably make this way too fast. So make sure you put a number that your really comfortable with.

Other Options

1.)Defragment your Hard Disk
Over time, the data on your hard drive gets scattered. Defragmenting your hard drive puts your data back into sequential order, making it easier for Windows to access it. As a result, the performance of your computer will improve.

2.)Scan for Viruses
Viruses can wreak havoc on your computer. Detecting and cleaning viruses is an excellent way to improve your system's performance.

3.)Uninstall Uneeded Programs.
Some program can slow your computer. Well you want to speed up your pc then uninstall some program that you don't need to increase your pc performance. Be careful on uninstalling.

4.)Check for Spyware and Adware
Spyware is software that allows companies to monitor what websites you visit or even access your computer. Adware is software that displays advertisements. Both use system resources and slow your computer down. Detecting and removing the programs will improve system performance.

I hope I help you :-)

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