01. Disable Indexing Services
02. Optimise Display Settings
03. Disable Performance Counters
04. Speedup Folder Browsing
05. Improve Memory Usage
06. Optimise your internet connection
07. Optimise Your Pagefile
08. Run Bootvis - Improve Boot Times
09. Remove the Desktop Picture
10. Remove Fonts for SpeedDetailed
Disable Indexing ServicesIndexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don’t search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following: 01. Go to Start
02. Click Settings
03. Click Control Panel
04. Double-click Add/Remove Programs
05. Click the Add/Remove Window Components
06. Uncheck the Indexing services
Optimise Display SettingsWindows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimise:
01. Go to Start
02. Click Settings
03. Click Control Panel
04. Click System
05. Click Advanced tab
06. In the Performance tab click Settings
07. Leave only the following ticked:- Show shadows under menus- Show shadows under mouse pointer- Show translucent selection rectangle- Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop- Use visual styles on windows and buttons
3. Disable Performance CountersWindows XP has a performance monitor utility which monitors several areas of your PC’s performance. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea. To disable:
01. download and install the Extensible Performance Counter
List2.Then select each counter in turn in the ‘Extensible performance counters’ window and clear the ‘performance counters enabled’ checkbox at the bottom.button below.
4. Speedup Folder BrowsingYou may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:
01. Open My Computer
02. Click on Tools menu
03. Click on Folder Options
04. Click on the View tab.
05. Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
06. Click Apply
07. Click Ok
08. Reboot your computer
5. Improve Memory Usage Cacheman Improves the performance of your computer by optimizing the disk cache, memory and a number of other settings. Once Installed:
01. Go to Show Wizard and select All
02. Run all the wizards by selecting Next or Finished until you are back to the main menu. Use the defaults unless you know exactly what you are doing.
03. Exit and Save Cacheman
04. Restart Windows
6. Optimise your internet connectionThere are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run TCP/IP Optimizer.
01. Download and install
02. Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps)
03. Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet
04. Check Optimal Settings then Apply
7. Optimise Your PagefileIf you give your pagefile a fixed size it saves the operating system from needing to resize the page file.
01. Right click on My Computer and select Properties
02. Select the Advanced tab
03. Under Performance choose the Settings button
04. Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change
05. Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file. Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.
8. Run BootVis - Improve Boot TimesBootVis will significantly improve boot times
01. Download and Run
02. Select Trace
03. Select Next Boot and Driver Trace
04. A Trace Repetitions screen will appear, select Ok and Reboot
05. Upon reboot, BootVis will automatically start, analyze and log your system’s boot process. When it’s done, in the menu go to Trace and select Optimize System
07. When your machine has rebooted wait until you see the Optimizing System box appear. Be patient and wait for the process to complete
9. Remove the Desktop PictureYour desktop background consumes a fair amount of memory and can slow the loading time of your system. Removing it will improve performance.
01. Right click on Desktop and select Properties
02. Select the Desktop tab
03. In the Background window select None
04. Click Ok10. Remove Fonts for SpeedFonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources.
For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.
01. Open Control Panel
02. Open Fonts folder
03. Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:\FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.
Hope you find these 10 tips useful. If you have any other simple tips you want to share with me other readers you are most welcome.
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