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Having slow performance? Make your PC/laptop run faster (only for WIndows XP)

There are some steps which you can try to boost your Windows XP PC/Laptop's speed & performance:

1) Removing Startup items

Click Start, point to Programs, click Startup, and then right-click each item in Startup and select Delete. Your Startup folder should be empty



2) Remove unnecessary programs from Add & remove programs list

Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click Add or Remove Programs icon.

Scroll through the list of installed programs, and remove the one you don’t need. Be sure about the programs those you don't need.

3) Setting PC/Laptop for best performance

Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
Switch to Advanced tab and click the Settings button under Performance subsection. Performance Options window will open.
Select Adjust For Best Performance option and click OK button.

This may degrade the looks but will increase the performance of PC/Laptop.



4) Right-click My Computer and select Manage. Computer Management window will open. Maximize Computer Management window.
Click plus sign next to Services and Applications, click Services, and switch to Standard tab on the right.

Disable the following services one by one:

Alerter
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
ClipBook
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Help and Support (switch to Manual)
Indexing Service
Messenger
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Performance Logs and Alerts
QoS RSVP
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Telnet
Upload Manager
WebClient
Wireless Zero Configuration (don’t disable if using wireless network/Internet connection)

To disable the service, search the service name in the list of services & double-click on it. Change Startup Type for the service, selecting Disabled from Startup type dropdown box and clicking OK button.

Restart the computer.

5) Run CCleaner regularly.

Download CCleaner application from here. Install it.

Run it time to time to run your PC smoothly.



6) Defragment hard drive (may take up to 30 minutes or more than that)
Click Start, select Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Defragmenter.

When Disk Defragmenter window opens, select a drive in the top portion of the window, and click Defragment button.

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Due to the specs, if you already have the max amount of ram allowed by this system. (576MB)

Then there is pretty much nothing you can do to speed it up faster than what its going at. You could ship it back to the manufacture and pay 5 times the cost to have it upgraded. Which could easily buy you a much better laptop. But that's just crazy :P

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    Clean boot procedure on Windows XP loadTOCNode(3, 'resolution'); To perform a clean boot procedure on Windows XP, follow these steps:

    Warning You may temporarily lose functionality of some services when you follow these steps. When you restore the settings, the services are restored. However, when you restore the functionality, the original error message or behavior may return. Step 1: Start the System Configuration Utility loadTOCNode(4, 'resolution'); To start the System Configuration Utility in Windows XP, click Start, type msconfig in the Start box, and then press ENTER. Step 2: Turn off programs and services loadTOCNode(4, 'resolution'); To do this, follow these steps:
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      • Process WIN.INI File
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    The System Configuration Utility dialog box appears.

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    4. Click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.
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    Step 4: Optional step to disable features
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    The System Configuration Utility dialog box appears.
    2. Click the General tab, click to clear the Load System Services check box, and then click OK.
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    The System Configuration Utility dialog box appears.
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    Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.

    The System Configuration Utility dialog box appears.

    Step 2: Configure selective startup options
    1. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the General tab, and then click Selective Startup.
    2. Click to clear the Process SYSTEM.INI File check box.
    3. Click to clear the Process WIN.INI File check box.
    4. Click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.
    5. Click the Services tab.
    6. (VERY IMPORTANT DON'T MISS THIS) Click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box.
    7. Click Disable All, then Click on the startup tab and click on Disable All Button and then click OK..
    8. When you are prompted, click Restart to restart the computer.

    Step 3: Log on to Windows
    1. Log on to Windows.
    2. When you receive the following message, click to select the Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows start check box, and then click OK:
    You have used the System Configuration Utility to make changes to the way Windows starts.

    The System Configuration Utility is currently in Diagnostic or Selective Startup mode, causing this message to be displayed and the utility to run every time Windows starts.

    Choose the Normal Startup mode on the General tab to start Windows normally and undo the changes you made using the System Configuration Utility.

    Step 4: Optional step to disable features
    This step temporarily disables Microsoft features such as Plug and Play, networking, event logging, and error reporting. Also, this step permanently removes the restore points from the computer. The System Restore feature uses restore points to restore your computer to an earlier state. If you remove the restore points, you can no longer restore Windows to an earlier state.
    1. Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.

    The System Configuration Utility dialog box appears.
    2. Click the General tab, click to clear the Load System Services check box, and then click OK.
    3. When you are prompted, click Restart to restart the computer.

    Steps to configure Windows to use a Normal startup state
    1. Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.

    The System Configuration Utility dialog box appears.
    2. Click the General tab, click Normal Startup - load all device drivers and services, and then click OK.
    3. When you are prompted, click Restart to restart the computer.

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