This guide will show you how to shorten the time it takes for your
desktop to appear when you turn your computer, and make it shut down
faster as well. Here are a few tips to get you right to your desktop as
quickly as possible after startup.
To speed up Windows XP shutdown times:
Turn off services that you don’t need. If you want XP to shutdown
faster, you need to have less services running for it to shutdown.
Disable any unneeded services.
Don’t clear virtual memory at
shutdown. Clearing the page file can provide more security, but that
comes at the expense of speed. I don’t really care if someone can look
at my page file. If you are more concerned with the shutdown speed,
then you will want to disable this option in the registry. You will
need to locate the
Manager\Memory Management registry key and change the
ClearPageFileAtShutdown to 0.
To speed up Windows XP Startup times:
Waiting for your computer to boot can be a painful process. Though
Microsoft has taken steps to speed up the boot process, it still can be
improved. Here a few suggestions you can follow to speed up your
Windows XP boot time.
Boot Defrag. If your boot files are closer together it will take
less time for your hard drive to seek the files, therefore giving you a
faster boot time. This was enabled by default on my machine, but you
will want to make sure you have the option enabled in the registry. In
You will want to set “enable” to “Y”.
Keep the registry clean. Windows registry can be a disaster. When
programs install they will create registry keys. When you uninstall the
program it will leave behind useless registry keys. The solution is to
use a good, reliable, registry cleaner. Be careful in which one you
choose though because a bad cleaner could really screw up your system.
My favorite choice is CClceaner, which will also rid your machine of
some spyware and temporary internet files. You can download it here
Change BIOS Settings. The computer has to go through the BIOS before
actually touching Windows. Changing a few settings can decrease the
time it takes to actually get to the Windows XP boot screen. First you
will want to run a Quick POST (power on self test) if your bios has
this option. Secondly you will want to disable booting from a floppy
(especially slow), cd, usb. If the BIOS only has to look for the hard
drive it will go much faster. You will want to remember that you
changed this setting though, incase you have to boot from one of these
devices for troubleshooting. The last option is to turn off Boot Delay
if you BIOS has this available.
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