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Services You Can Disable

There are quite a few services you can disable from starting automatically.
This would be to speed up your boot time and free resources.
They are only suggestions so I suggestion you read the description of each one when you run Services
and that you turn them off one at a time.

Some possibilities are:
Application Management
Fast UserSwitching
Human Interface Devices
Indexing Service
Net Logon
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Routing & Remote Access
SSDP Discovery Service
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Web Client


Cleaning the Prefetch Directory

WindowsXP has a new feature called Prefetch. This keeps a shortcut to recently used programs.
However it can fill up with old and obsolete programs.

To clean this periodically go to:

Star / Run / Prefetch
Press Ctrl-A to highlight all the shorcuts
Delete them


Not Displaying Logon, Logoff, Startup and Shutdown Status Messages

To turn these off:

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpoliciessystem
If it is not already there, create a DWORD value named DisableStatusMessages
Give it a value of 1

Clearing the Page File on Shutdown

Click on the Start button
Go to the Control Panel
Administrative Tools
Local Security Policy
Local Policies
Click on Security Options
Right hand menu - right click on "Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile"
Select "Enable"

For regedit users.....
If you want to clear the page file on each shutdown:

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory ManagementClearPageFileAtShutdown
Set the value to 1


No GUI Boot

If you don't need to see the XP boot logo,

Click on the BOOT.INI tab
Check the box for /NOGUIBOOT

Speeding the Startup of Some CD Burner Programs

If you use program other than the native WindowsXP CD Burner software,
you might be able to increase the speed that it loads.

Go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services
Double-click on IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
For the Startup Type, select Disabled
Click on the OK button and then close the Services window
If you dont You should notice


Getting Rid of Unread Email Messages

To remove the Unread Email message by user's login names:

Start Regedit
For a single user: Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUnreadMail
For all users: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUnreadMail
Create a DWORD key called MessageExpiryDays
Give it a value of 0


Decreasing Boot Time

Microsoft has made available a program to analyze and decrease the time it takes to boot to WindowsXP
The program is called BootVis

Uncompress the file.
For a starting point, run Trace / Next Boot + Driver Delays
This will reboot your computer and provide a benchmark
After the reboot, BootVis will take a minute or two to show graphs of your system startup.
Note how much time it takes for your system to load (click on the red vertical line)
Then run Trace / Optimize System
Re-Run the Next Boot + Drive Delays
Note how much the time has decreased
Mine went from approximately 33 to 25 seconds.

Increasing Graphics Performance

By default, WindowsXP turns on a lot of shadows, fades, slides etc to menu items.
Most simply slow down their display.

To turn these off selectively:

Right click on the My Computer icon
Select Properties
Click on the Advanced tab
Under Performance, click on the Settings button
To turn them all of, select Adjust for best performance
My preference is to leave them all off except for Show shadows under mouse pointer and Show window contents while dragging


Increasing System Performance

If you have 512 megs or more of memory, you can increase system performance
by having the core system kept in memory.

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory ManagementDisablePagingExecutive
Set the value to be 1
Reboot the computer


Increasing File System Caching

To increase the amount of memory Windows will locked for I/O operations:

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management
Edit the key IoPageLockLimit


Resolving Inability to Add or Remove Programs

If a particular user cannot add or remove programs, there might be a simple registry edit neeed.

Go to HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesUninstall
Change the DWORD NoAddRemovePrograms to 0 disable it

4096 - 32megs of memory or less
8192 - 32+ megs of memory
16384 - 64+ megs of memory
32768 - 128+ megs of memory
65536 - 256+ megs of memory

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dell inspiron n5010,when i start up my laptop it take lot of time in starting up.and this problem i m facing from day one .its purchasing date :24/12/10

Does this happen when loading booting or loading windows? If this happens when loading windows, try disabling start programs and services.
press windows button, and then r
then type msconfig
press startup and then disable un-necessary programs that are starting up. leaving your anti virus.
also press services tap and hide all microsoft services, disable other services that you see there leaving your anti virus.

Jan 07, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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speed problem

Solution 1: Go to to Task Manager --> File --> Run --> msconfig

Go to start-up tab and disable all. Enable a few that YOU KNOW AND WANT
Go to services tab and HIDE all microsoft services and disable all except for the few that YOU KNOW AND WANT.

Restart your computer.
If that doesn't work,

Get Download and install Linux Mint or Ubuntu or Zorin OS operating system. As long as you don't have the Radeon X1200 graphics card, your computer will run beautifully.

Aug 25, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite A135-S2356 Notebook

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startup has 25 second before entering into windows...How do I disarm this?

Here's the institution on how to decrease the startup time in Windows.
Click on the Start Button from the bottom left corner.
And then choose RUN
Type in MSCONFIG in the text box
Go to the tab STARTUP
Uncheck the program that you know for sure you don't need or won't be using for long time.
Save your changes and restart your computer.
Also Defrag your computer
Navigate to Start Menu > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter. Click Defragment now... This can take quite a while so be patient and go eat a bagel or something :) When it's over you're all done. If you're still having serious speed issues at the start up, you may want to consider reformatting your computer.

There are few other things that can help your computer to fast boot up but for this you have to know what you are doing otherwise you could mess up your computer.
  1. ~Disable Startup Services~

    Click on the Services tab at the top. Now, check the "Hide all Microsoft services" box toward the bottom. Disable any services you don't want to start up with windows. Be careful not to disable anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall related services. Close the System Configuration menu when you're done.

  2. ~Edit Registry Startup Entries~

    Press the Windows Key + R to open the run dialogue box, type regedit, and hit enter.

May 04, 2010 | MSI Wind U100-030US Laptop

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My pc is super slow at startup. It takes a long time to boot when you first turn it on.

Start the PC, go to start menu-->run, then type "msconfig".
Look around at the boot and services tabs, and disable some software you know and could live without if it didn;t automatically load.
That should speed booting up. If not, and it is several months ago that you installed WIndows, try to reinstall it.
However, do backup all your data before you do that, everything on your Windows partition will be lost in reinstalling.

Jun 17, 2009 | Gateway Profile 5.5 PC Desktop

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