Improve XP Speed

Tweaks & Tips to speed up XP

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Some improvements require installing additional (free) software, the links are provided but you can download them all here as well. If you find that your system is still too slow (don’t forget to reboot for the changes to take effect), consider upgrading the memory (RAM).

OK, let’s get started

  • Remove software you no longer use Control Panel -> Add/Remove Software
  • Clean your system Delete files and old emails you no longer need Control Panel -> Internet Options -> Delete Files (all offline content) Control Panel -> Internet Options -> Settings -> View Files -> Delete the cookies you do not need Cleanup all other temporary files and the recycle bin: ‘start\programs\accessories\system tools\disk cleanup’
  • Clean your registry Download and install the Tweaknow registry cleaner Click ‘Scan now’ -> After the scan is completed -> View details -> Delete problems
  • Backup fonts you are not using Note: If you feel uncomfortable doing this, skip this step. You could mess up your systems appearance by removing XP fonts. Open Explorer and create a new directory ‘backup_fonts’ Control Panel -> Fonts -> Drag the fonts you want to delete to the new directory ‘backup_fonts’ Keep the following fonts: Arial Comic Sans MS Courier Estrangelo Edessa Franklin Gothic Gautami Georgia Impact Latha Lucida Microsoft Sans Serif Modern MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 Mv Boli Palatino Roman Script Small Fonts Symbol Tahoma Times New Roman Trebuchet MS Tunga Verdana Webdings WingDings WST_Czech WST_Czech.fon WST_Engl WST_Fren WST_Germ WST_Ital WST_Span WST_Swed
  • Defrag your system Defragment your drives with the XP tool: ‘start\programs\accessories\system tools\disk defragmenter’ or Use a better defragmenter from O&O: O&O_Defrag_2000_Freeware_Edition_d4545 Select the drive to defragment -> click the ‘play’ button
  • Improve Memory Usage and tweak registry settings Download and install Cacheman XP Enable AutoRecover RAM – Enable Cache Cacheman controlled Tweaks – Uncheck all except Windows Key, Autoend tasks and Unload DLL’s Set Additional critical workers:2 / Hung app timeout: 2 sec / Menu delay: 100ms / kill app timeout: 2 sec / kill service timeout: 2 sec Tip: if you click the icon in the systemtray once it will show you the amount of free memory (RAM)
  • Disable the Windows XP theme (back to the ‘old style’ windows) Go to Start and then Run and type ‘services.msc’ Doubleclick on the Themes service and select disable
  • Speedup Folder Browsing My Computer -> Tools menu -> Folder Options -> View tab -> Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
  • Turn off system restore Right-click My Computer -> Properties -> System Restore tab -> Enable Turn off System restore on all drives
  • Disable Indexing Services Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Add/Remove Window Components -> Uncheck the Indexing services
  • Optimise Display Settings Control Panel -> System -> Advanced tab -> In the Performance tab click Settings -> Uncheck everything
  • Disable System Sounds Control Panel -> Click Sounds and Audio Devices -> Check Place volume icon in taskbar -> Click Sounds Tab -> Choose ‘No Sounds’
  • Remove the background picture Right click on an open area of the desktop and select ‘properties.’ Select the ‘desktop’ tab and in the ‘background’ window, highlight ‘none.’ Press ‘ok.’
  • Disable performance counters Download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List Select each counter in turn in the ‘Extensible performance counters’ window and uncheck the ‘performance counters enabled’ checkbox
  • Optimise Pagefile size & defrag Control Panel -> System -> Advanced tab -> Performance Settings button -> Advanced Tab -> Virtual Memory Set the virtual memory to minimum 1.5x the memory size for the lower AND upper limit and click the Set button. Download and Install pagedfrg Select defrag at next boot
  • Disable unused services Go to Start and then Run and type ‘services.msc’ -> Doubleclick on the service you want to change Try disabling the following services (unless you think you need them): Alerter Clipbook Error Reporting Service Fast User Switching Help and Support HID Input Service Indexing Service Infrared Monitor IPSEC Messenger MS Software Shadow Copy Network DDE Network DDE DSDM Network Time Protocol Portable Media Serial Number Remote Desktop Help Remote Registry Service Secundary Logon Shell Hardware Detection SSDP TCP/IP Netbios Helper Telephony Telnet Terminal Services Themes Universal Plug and Play Device Host Windows Time Depending on the use of your computer you could disable more services.
  • Improve Boot Times Download and install BootVis Select Trace -> Select Next Boot + Driver Trace -> A Trace Repetitions screen will appear, select OK and Reboot Wait until Bootvis has stared again, select menu Trace and select Optimize System
  • Improve Network Interface settings Download and install TCP/IP Optimizer Click the General Settings tab and select your connection Speed (Kbps) Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet Check Optimal Settings then Apply

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