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    Improve XP's Performance

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    Improve XP's Performance

    Post by Placehold on Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:31 pm

    XP comes with standard services that may slow down your
    computer, use larger amounts of resources and slows down performance.
    Fortunately these settings can be altered to enhance User

    Indexing Services

    Indexing is a service that
    speeds up searching from your desktop However it can slow down your computer
    while it is indexing files, folders and whole drives. It is not necessary to
    Index the main drive as the file system is already indexed through the start

    Disable Indexing

    1. Click Start

    2. Click Settings

    3. Click Control Panel

    4. Double-click Add/Remove Programs

    5. Click the Add/Remove Window Components

    6. Uncheck the Indexing services

    7. Click Next

    Lagging Folder Searches

    Every time you open a folder in XP there will be a slight lag and delay, This is because XP will automatically search for Printer and Networking files to prepare.

    Speedup Folder Browsing

    1. Open My Computer

    2. Click on Tools menu

    3. Click on Folder Options

    4. Click on the View tab.

    5. Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box

    6. Click Apply

    7. Click Ok

    8. Reboot your computer to see the effects

    Start Menu

    A lot of people wonder why there PC slows to a halt while using multiple programs and accessing the start menu, This is because XP searches and updates all folders and files. You can increase the speed at which this happens to stop your system slowing down.

    Faster Start menu

    1. Click Start

    2. Select Run

    3. Type Regedit and press enter

    4. Navigate to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

    5. Double click MenuShowDelay

    6. Change the default value to 100

    7. Close Regedit and restart your PC


    Usually when you move, edit and delete files on a regular basis your computer collects broken information from each file and if left long enough can slow your system down. Using the Defragmentation tool on XP can be long and boring however it will speed your system up.

    Quick Defrag.

    1. Click Start

    2. Select Run

    3. Type CMD and press enter

    4. Type the following:

    defrag c: -v -r

    5. Press enter

    6. Your screen will remain the same for several minutes then will ask you to close the window

    7. Your system will have defragmented, normally this will take about 10 - 15 minutes


    When closing down your system you will find XP is fairly slow as it saves all paging information along with any system file changes. You can however speed this procedure up.

    Faster Shutdown

    1. Click Start

    2. Select Run

    3. Type Regedit and press enter

    4. Navigate to:


    5. Double click WaitToKillServiceTimeout

    6. Change the default value to 1000

    7. Close Regedit and restart your PC

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