Speed Up Windows XP – Tutorial

To Increase System Performance

Right click my computer.

Click properties.

Click advanced.

Click settings (under performance).

Click Adjust for best performance.

Scroll to the bottom and check the last one “use visual styles on windows and buttons”.

 

How to Disable XP’s crap built in CD Burner

Click the start button.

Select Run.

Type services.msc and click ok.

Go to IMAPI CD-Burning Com Services open it and click on start up type, change to “Disabled”.

 

Fine Tune Your Systems Memory

These Settings will fine tune your systems memory

You need at least 256MB of ram to do this:

Go to Start > Run then type in REGEDIT -and then to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\SessionManager\MemoryManagement

1.DisablePagingExecutive -Double click it and in the decimal put a 1 – this allows XP to keep data in memory now instead of paging sections of ram to harddrive yeilds faster performance.

2.LargeSystemCache- Double click it and change the decimal to 1 -this allows XP Kernal to Run in memory and improves system performance a lot.

3.IOPageLockLimit – Create a new dword and name it double click it and set the value in hex – 4000 if you have 128MB of ram or set it to 10000 if you have 256MB set it to 40000 if you have more than 512MB of ram -this tweak will speed up your disckcache.

Reboot

 

Unable to delete from Avi files from HD

XP holds files in it’s memory even after you have closed the application using them making it impossible to delete them from your harddrive. To fix this:

Start -> Run -> Regedit

Find the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shel lex\PropertyHandler\ directory and delete the “DEFAULT” key.

 

Tweak The Swap File

For Users with 256 MB RAM or more this tweak will boost their Windows- and Game-Performance.

What it does: It tells Windows not to use any Swap File until there is really no more free RAM left.

Open the System Configuration Utility by typing msconfig.exe

Then Click the SYSTEM.INI Tab

Then Expand the 386enh section.

Then ADD the RUNConservativeSwapfileUsage =1

Restart your Windows and enjoy better Game performance.

 

Disable Services

XP Pro runs a lot of services by default that are pointless if your not on a corporate network, the following services are ones that I safely disable thereby freeing up memory but check what each one does first to make sure your not using it for something:

Go to Run and type services.msc, right click on each service, properties and choose disable.

Alerter

Application Layer Gateway Service,

Application Management

Automatic Updates

Background Intelligent Transfer

Clipbook

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Distributed Transaction Coordinater

Error Reporting Service

Fast User Switching Compatibility

IMAPI CD-Burning

Indexing Service

IPSEC Services

Messenger

Net Logon

Net Meeting

Remote Desktop Sharing

Network DDE

Network DDE DSDM

Portable Media Serial Number

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager

Remote Registry

Secondary Logon

Smartcard

SSDP Discovery Service

Telnet Themes

Uninterruptible Power Supply

Universal Plug and Play Device Host

Upload Manager

Webclient

Wireless Zero Configuration

WMI Performance Adaptor

 

Speed Up The File System

NTFS is a great file system, but its feature-set comes at a slight cost in performance. You can negate this a little with the following tips:

* By default NTFS will automatically update timestamps whenever a directory is traversed. This isn’t a necessary feature, and it slows down large volumes. Disable it by going to Run and type regedit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem and set ‘DisableNTFSLastAccessUpd ate’ to 1.

* NTFS uses disparate master file control tables to store filesystem information about your drives. Over time these core MFT files grow and become fragmented, slowing down all accesses to the drive. By setting aside a little space, MFT’s can grow without becoming fragmented.

In the same key where you disabled the last access feature creat a new DWORD value called ‘NtfsMftZoneReservation’ and set it to 2.

 

Disable DLL Caching

Windows Explorer caches DLLs (Dynamic-Link Libraries) in memory for a period of time after the application using them has been closed. This can be an inefficient use of memory.

1. Find the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWA RE\M’zoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer].

2. Create a new DWORD sub-key named ‘AlwaysUnloadDLL’ and set the default value to equal ‘1’ to disable Windows caching the DLL in memory.

3. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

 

Performance Increase Through My Computer

Easy enough tweak to usually find out about it on your own, but still, some of us still don’t find it right away. So here it is:

Start > right-click on My Computer and select Properties.

Click on the “Advanced” tab.

See the “Performance” section? Click “Settings”.

Disable the following:

Fade or slide menus into view

Fade or slide ToolTips into view

Fade out menu items after clicking

Show Shadows under menus

Slide open combo boxes

Slide taskbar buttons

Use a background image for each folder type

Use common tasks in folders

There, now Windows will still look nice and perform faster.

 

Remove Windows Messenger

Go to Start/Run, and type: “rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection BLC.Remove 128 %SystemRoot%INFmsmsgs.inf”

Do Not Highlight Newly Installed Programs

Tired of that annoying little window that pops up to tell you that new software is installed? If it gets in the way when you?re logging off, turn it off completely. To do this:

Click Start, right-click at the top of the Start menu where your name is displayed, and then click Properties.

In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, on the Start Menu tab, click Customize.

Click the Advanced tab, and then clear the Highlight newly installed programs check box.

Click OK, and then click OK again.

 

Customize the Start menu

The Start menu gets more real estate in XP than in previous versions, and it’s more customizable. To make the Start menu display only the applications you want, rather than the default determined by M’zoft:

Right-click in an empty section of the Start menu’s left column.

Select Properties > Start Menu > Customize. Here you’ll find a list of your most frequently used programs. (XP keeps track of what you use and what you don’t, then updates this list dynamically).

Don’t want your boss to know that Pinball, Solitaire, and Quake all make your list?

Go to the General tab, click Clear List, and set counter to ZERO

 

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