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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Top 8 EASY Tricks To Speed Up Windows XP Instantly

Top 8 EASY Tricks To Speed Up Windows XP Instantly

Tip # 1: Defrag your hard drive
This rearranges files so the hard drive doesn’t have to look for longer then necessary to find files.

Select “Start” from Desktop
Select “Accessories”
Select “System tools”
Select “Disk Defragmenter”

Tip #2: Disable Indexing Services
Indexing is a service running in the background which was intended to speed up searching. However if you don’t use searches function regularly disabling this service may speed up your computer significantly, because the indexing program using a lot of resources.

To disable this service;

Select “Start” from Desktop
Select “Settings”
Click on “Control Panel”
Double Click the “Add/Remove Programs” icon
Select the “Add/remove Windows Components” tab on the left hand side
Find and uncheck “Indexing Services”.

Tip #3 : Adjust Page file size
Page file size is used by all currently running programs and by default, windows constantly adjusting the page file size to ensure enough free space on RAM. Making page file size fixed also saves the windows from having to constantly adjust the size. This can also improve performance.

To change the size of your page file:

Right click “My Computer”
Select “Properties”
Select “Advanced” tab
Select “Settings” button under “Performance”
Select “Advanced” tab again
Select Change under “Virtual Memory”
Click on the drive containing your page file
Change the size. (I recommend increasing it- having it fixed at the same default size still helps)

Tip #4: Remove Unused Fonts
Having many fonts on your computer can slow down performance because they use more system resources. Keep only fonts which you needed regularly and delete the rest out of the folder. To delete fonts, follow these instructions;

Open “Control Panel”
Select “Fonts” icon
Delete or move fonts to a temporary back-up folder
I recommend moving fonts to a temporary folder so that if you want to recover them then it can be done easily.

Tip #5: Remove Desktop Picture
Your desktop background uses system resources; if your happy to live without then it may help improve performance of your computer. Remove it by;

Right-Clicking the Desktop
Select “Properties”
Select “Desktop” Tab
Select “None” from the drop down box under Background Window
Click “Apply” and “OK”.

Tip #6: Check NTFS file system is being used
NTFS system is more secure and faster then FAT32. I suggest changing your disk to NTFS if it is currently FAT32.

Check your computer is using NTFS by;

Double-click “My Computer”
Right-click the C: drive
Select “Properties”
Examine the “File System Type”

To Change to NTFS

Backup any important data on a different PC or Disc.
Select “Start”
Select “Run”
Type in “cmd”
Click “OK”
In Command Prompt type in “C: /FS:NTFS”
Press “Enter” and leave until completion.

Tip #7: Uninstall Unnecessary Software
Anything taking up memory on your hard drive unnecessarily is slowing your computer down. To remove programs from your machine follow these steps;

Select “Start”
Select “Control Panel”
Select “Add/Remove Programs”
Remove desired programs.

Tip #8: Disable Unwanted Start-Up Programs
Lowering the amount of programs that start up when the computer is booted can increase speed, period. To do this follows these steps.

Select “Start”
Select “Run”
Type in “msconfig”
Select the “Startup” tab from the new window
Scroll down viewing each programs description and disable those you don’t need.
Select “Apply” or “OK”. The computer will require a restart.
*WARNING* Be careful disabling certain programs can be harmful to the computer I would suggest leaving any drivers and anti-viruses/firewalls to start up as they desire.

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