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Posted by: amty on: September 11, 2008 • In: Microsoft Windows • Comment! DISABLE INDEXING SERVICES Indexing 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: 1. Go to 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 OPTIMISE DISPLAY SETTINGS Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimise: 1.Go to Start 2. Click Settings 3. Click Control Panel 4. Click System 5. Click Advanced tab 6. In the Performance tab click Settings 7. Leave only the following ticked: - Show shadows under menus

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Once Installed: 1. 5. To disable: 1.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 2 of 15 . 3. Reboot your computer IMPROVE MEMORY USAGE Cacheman Improves the performance of your computer by optimizing the disk cache. Click on Tools menu 3. 1. Click Apply 7.Exit and Save Cacheman 4. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer.Show shadows under mouse pointer . Open My Computer 2.Use visual styles on windows and buttons DISABLE PERFORMANCE COUNTERS Windows XP has a performance monitor utility which monitors several areas of your PC’s performance. Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps) 3. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea. Click on the View tab.Restart Windows OPTIMISE YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION There are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run TCP/IP Optimizer. Click on Folder Options 4. Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box 6.Go to Show Wizard and select All 2.Show translucent selection rectangle . SPEEDUP FOLDER BROWSING You may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. Click Ok 8. Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet http://amty. Download and install 2. memory and a number of other settings. download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List 2.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 .button below.Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop .Run all the wizards by selecting Next or Finished until you are back to the main menu.Then select each counter in turn in the ‘Extensible performance counters’ window and clear the ‘performance counters enabled’ checkbox at the bottom.wordpress. Use the defaults unless you know exactly what you are doing. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly: 1.

Right click on Desktop and select Properties 2. Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1. BootVis will automatically start. 7. Right click on My Computer and select Properties 2. Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change 5. Under Performance choose the Settings button 4. especially TrueType fonts. When it’s done. Download and Run 2. In the Background window select None 4. Reboot. RUN BOOTVIS – IMPROVE BOOT TIMES BootVis will significantly improve boot times 1. select Ok and Reboot 5.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 3 of 15 4.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 . Select Trace 3. 1. Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file. trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require. When your machine has rebooted wait until you see the Optimizing System box appear. leave the page file at its default size. Check Optimal Settings then Apply 5. Reboot OPTIMISE YOUR PAGEFILE If you give your pagefile a fixed size it saves the operating system from needing to resize the page file. use quite a bit of system resources. Select Next Boot and Driver Trace 4. For optimal performance. If you have less than 512MB of memory. 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. Be patient and wait for the process to complete REMOVE THE DESKTOP PICTURE Your desktop background consumes a fair amount of memory and can slow the loading time of your system. in the menu go to Trace and select Optimize System 6. change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size. Select the Advanced tab 3.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. Removing it will improve performance. http://amty. 1. A Trace Repetitions screen will appear.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. Click Ok REMOVE FONTS FOR SPEED Fonts.wordpress. analyze and log your system’s boot process. If you have 512MB or more. Select the Desktop tab 3. Upon reboot.

DISABLE UNNECESSARY SERVICES Because Windows XP has to be all things to all people it has many services running that take up system resources that you will never need.wordpress. Open Fonts folder 3.msc” Doubleclick on the service you want to change Change the startup type to ‘Disable” TURN OFF SYSTEM RESTORE System Restore can be a useful if your computer is having problems. Below is a list of services that can be disabled on most machines: Alerter Clipbook Computer Browser Distributed Link Tracking Client Fast User Switching Help and Support – (If you use Windows Help and Support leave this enabled) Human Interface Access Devices Indexing Service IPSEC Services Messenger Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security) Portable Media Serial Number Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security) Remote Procedure Call Locator Remote Registry (disabled for extra security) Remote Registry Service Secondary Logon Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security) Server SSDP Discovery Service – (Unplug n’ Pray will disable this) Telnet TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Upload Manager Universal Plug and Play Device Host Windows Time Wireless Zero Configuration (Do not disable if you use a wireless network) Workstation To disable these services: Go to Start and then Run and type “services.g. To turn off System Restore: http://amty.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 4 of 15 1. C:FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall. Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e. Open Control Panel 2. however storing all the restore points can literally take up Gigabytes of space on your hard drive. the more system resources you will gain.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 .

To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. so that it doesn’t get impacted by normal disk usage. the beeps that your computer makes for various system sounds can slow it down. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt. To fix this turn off the system sounds: Open Control Panel Click Sounds and Audio Devices Check Place volume icon in taskbar Click Sounds Tab Choose “No Sounds” for the Sound Scheme Click “No” Click “Apply” Click “OK” http://amty. and can also be set to defrag the pagefile everytime your PC starts.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 5 of 15 Open Control Panel Click on Performance and Maintenance Click on System Click on the System Restore tab Tick ‘Turn off System Restore on All Drives’ Click ‘Ok’ DEFRAGMENT YOUR PAGEFILE Keeping your pagefile defragmented can provide a major performance boost. This cool little app can be used to defrag your pagefile. To install: Download and Run PageDefrag Tick “Defrag at next Reboot”. Go to Start and then Run and type “regedit” Click through the file system until you get to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlFileSystem” Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select ‘DWORD Value’ Create a new DWORD Value called ‘NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate’ Then Right click on the new value and select ‘Modify’ Change the Value Data to ’1′ Click ‘OK’ DISABLE SYSTEM SOUNDS Surprisingly. when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. One of the best ways of doing this is to creat a separate partition on your hard drive just for your page file. Another way of keeping your pagefile defragmented is to run PageDefrag. Click “Ok” Reboot SPEEDUP FOLDER ACCESS – DISABLE LAST ACCESS UPDATE If you have a lot of folders and subdirectories on your computer. particularly at startup and shut-down.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 .

Go to Start then Run Type ‘Regedit’ then click ‘Ok’ Find “HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop” Select “MenuShowDelay” Right click and select “Modify’ Reduce the number to around “100″ This is the delay time before a menu is opened. Go to Start Menu and Click Run Type in “Regedit” then click ok Find “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOpt imizeFunction” Select “Enable” from the list on the right Right on it and select “Modify” Change the value to “Y to enable” Reboot IMPROVE SWAPFILE PERFORMANCE If you have more than 256MB of RAM this tweak will considerably improve your performance. What this tweak does is remove the slight delay between clicking on a menu and XP displaying the menu. You can set it to “0″ but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them – well move your mouse over them anyway. For any program: http://amty. If your program doesn’t load properly just undo the change. Go to Start then Run Type “msconfig. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.exe” then ok Click on the System. I tend to go for anywhere between 50-150 depending on my mood MAKE PROGRAMS LOAD FASTER This little tweak tends to work for most programs.ini tab Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the plus sign Click on new then in the blank box type”ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1″ Click OK Restart PC MAKE YOUR MENUS LOAD FASTER This is one of my favourite tweaks as it makes a huge difference to how fast your machine will ‘feel’.wordpress.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 6 of 15 IMPROVE BOOT TIMES IMPROVE BOOT TIMES A great new feature in Microsoft Wind 1ws XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 . It basically makes sure that your PC uses every last drop of memory (faster than swap file) before it starts using the swap file.

fastboot. Click “Ok” Voila – your programs will now load faster.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktop’ Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ Right click and select ‘Modify’ Change the value to ’1000′ Click ‘OK’ Now find ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControl\’ Select ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’ Right click and select ‘Modify’ Change the value to ’1000′ Click ‘OK’ SPEED UP BOOT TIMES I This tweak works by creating a batch file to clear the temp and history folders everytime you shutdown so that your PC doesn’t waste time checking these folders the next time it boots.msc’ and hit ‘ok’ http://amty.bat or deltemp.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 . It’s quite simple to implement: 1. Open Notepad and create a new file with the following entries: RD /S /q “C:Documents and Settings”UserName without quotes”Local SettingsHistory” RD /S /q “C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserLocal SettingsHistory” RD /S /q “D:Temp” <–”Deletes temp folder. add ‘ /prefetch:1′ at the end of the line.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 7 of 15 Right-click on the icon/shortcut you use to launch the program Select properties In the ‘target’ box.bat’ file e.wordpress. Save the new as anything you like but it has to be a ‘.g. Type in ‘gpedit. Click ‘Start’ then ‘Run’ 4. Go to Start then select Run Type ‘Regedit’ and click ok Find ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop\’ Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ Right click and select ‘Modify’ Change the value to ’1000′ Click ‘OK’ Now select ‘HungAppTimeout’ Right click and select ‘Modify’ Change the value to ’1000′ Click ‘OK’ Now find ‘HKEY_USERS. IMPROVE XP SHUTDOWN SPEED This tweak reduces the time XP waits before automatically closing any running programs when you give it the command to shutdown. type in the location of your temp folder” 2.bat 3.

If you are using a router this is usually 192. Right-click your network adapter card and click ‘Properties’.168. Then either move your Hard drive to the top position or set it as the ‘First Device’ 5. ClearMem Is an Excellent Tool for speeding up your XP Computer (especially if your system has been on for awhile and you have a lot of applications open). Navigate to the ‘Boot’ menu 3. you won’t be able to boot from a floppy disc or a CD-rom. the system pauses because of excessive high- http://amty. If you are not sure what address you could check with your ISP or go to ‘Start/run’ and type ‘cmd’ and then ‘ipconfig/all’.I n the TCP/IP properties.1. just go back into your bios. select ‘TCP/IP’ in the list of services and click ‘Properties’ 4. This will show your current IP settings which you will need to copy. If for some strange reason you need to do this in the future. When you run this tool.0.xx. On the ‘General’ tab. Don’t forget to save your settings before exiting Note: Once this change has been made. 1. To fix this we need to make some changes to the Bios.xx or 192. Click on ‘Computer Configuration’ then ‘Windows Settings’ 6.168. is it Forces pages out of physical memory and reduces the size of running processes if working sets to a minimum. ‘Default gateway’ and ‘DNS Server’. This can waste valuable time. What it does. 3. To do this do the following: 1. By configuring a manually assigned IP address your boot time will improve.wordpress. click ‘Use the following address’ and enter an IP address for your PC. Press the ‘Escape’ key to leave the bios. repeat the steps above and put your floppy or CD-rom back as the ‘First Device’ SPEED UP BOOT TIMES III When your computer boots up it usually has to check with the network to see what IP addresses are free and then it grabs one of these. To enter the bios you usually press ‘F2′ or ‘delete’ when your PC starts 2. Double-click on ‘Scripts’ and then on ‘Shutdown’ 7. Enter the correct details for ‘Subnet mask’.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 8 of 15 5. Click ‘Add’ and find the batch file that you created and then press ‘Ok’ SPEED UP BOOT TIMES II When your PC starts it usually looks for any bootable media in any floppy or cd-rom drives you have installed before it gets around to loading the Operating System from the HDD. Again if you are not sure what figures to enter use ‘ipconfig/all’ as in stage 4. FREE UP MEMORY I found this useful app via FixMyXP. Click on ‘Start’ and then ”Connect To/Show All Connections’ 2. Select ‘Boot Sequence’ 4. 5.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 .

select ‘DMA if Available’ if the current setting is ‘PIO Only’ ADD CORRECT NETWORK CARD SETTINGS Some machines suffer from jerky graphics or high CPU usage even when a machine is idle. then click ‘Set’ and Reboot. your paging file must be at least as large as physical memory.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 9 of 15 priority activity associated with trimming the working sets. Once you have rebooted install ClearMem ENSURE XP IS USING DMA MODE XP enables DMA for Hard-Drives and CD-Roms by default on most ATA or ATAPI (IDE) devices. Right-click ‘Primary Channel’ and select ‘Properties’ and then ‘Advanced Settings’ 4. DoubleClick your network adaptor under ‘Network Adapters’ 5. Select ‘Connection Type’ and select the correct type for your card and then Reboot REMOVE ANNOYING DELETE CONFIRMATION MESSAGES Although not strictly a performance tweak I love this fix as it makes my machine ‘feel’ faster. To run this tool. Go to your control panel. If the Virtual Memory Value is smaller than your system memory. On the Bottom you should see ‘Virtual Memory’ and a value. then click on ‘System’. especially if I have to use a laptop touchpad to close them. select the ‘Advanced’ tab 6.wordpress. click Change and change the Min Virtual Memory to a number that is greater than your total system memory. sometimes computers switch to PIO mode which is slower for data transfer – a typical reason is because of a virus. A possible solution for this. Select ‘Manage’ 3. Open ‘Device Manager’ 2. 4. I hate the annoying ‘are you sure?’ messages that XP displays. then go to the ‘Advanced’ Tab. 3. RightClick ‘My Computer’ 2. In the ‘Current Transfer Mode’ drop-down box. To remove these messages: http://amty. Click on ‘Device Manager’ 4. which. can also can help network performance is to: 1.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 . However. In the new window. This is the value that must be at least as large as how much memory is in your system. Double-click ‘IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers’ 3. and Under ‘Performance’ click ‘Settings’ then the ‘Advanced’ Tab 2. To Check your Paging File: 1. To ensure that your machine is using DMA: 1.

Windows XP 10 Responses to "Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before!" 1 | Naseer Ahmad Mughal October 9. Type in ‘Regedit’ then click ‘Ok’ 3. 2008 at 9:43 am hummmmmmmmmmmmm lots of registry changes…. Clear the ‘Display Delete Confirmation Dialog’ check box and click ‘Ok’ If you do accidently delete a file don’t worry as all is not lost. Share this: Like this: Be the first to like this post. Make Your Windows XP Fast. Reboot. Click ‘Start’ then ‘Run’ 2.Make Your Windows XP Fast As Never Before! « Amty Tech Blog Page 10 of 15 1.com/2008/09/11/make-your-windows-xp-fast-as-never-before/ 8/22/2011 . Just go to your Recycle Bin and ‘Restore’ the file. Tags: Fast Windows XP. so be-careful when you make changes in registry Reply 2 | amty October 21. DISABLE PREFETCH ON LOW MEMORY SYSTEMS Prefetch is designed to speed up program launching by preloading programs into memory – not a good idea is memory is in short supply. Right-click on “EnablePrefetcher” and set the value to ’0′ 5. Never Before. Right-click on the ‘Recycle Bin’ on the desktop and then click ‘Properties’ 2. To disable prefetch: 1. 2008 at 11:49 pm yes nasser http://amty. Navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory ManagementPrefetchParameters\’ 4. as it can make programs hang.wordpress.

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