Speed Up Windows XP



Automation of Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP
Cleanmgr.exe is designed to clear unnecessary files from your
computer's hard disk. You can use command-line options to specify that
Cleanmgr.exe cleans up certain files. You can then schedule the task
to run at a specific time by using the Scheduled Tasks tool.

To start the Disk Cleanup tool, either run the Cleanmgr.exe command,
or click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to
System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. Read More

Free Up Wasted Space

Removing unused programs is a great way to free up disk space, which
will speed up your computer. Another way to find wasted disk space is
to use the Disk Cleanup tool by following these steps:

1. Open My Computer, right-click Local Disk, and then click
2. On the General tab, click the Disk Cleanup button. Disk Cleanup
will spend a few minutes examining your disk.
3. The Disk Cleanup dialog box opens. As you can see in Figure 2, it
found almost three gigs of space on my computer that it could free
4. Select the desired check boxes in the Files to Delete list, and
then click OK. Disk Cleanup will spend several minutes clearing
5. If you have more than one hard disk, repeat this process for each
hard disk listed in My Computer.

Disconnect Unused Network Connections
If you've ever had a network with more than one computer, you probably
found it useful to share files between the computers by mapping a
network drive. Network drives allow one computer to read and write
files to another computer's hard disk as if it were directly
connected. I use network drives all the time, and for me, they were
the most significant source of slowness.

The problem with network drives is that Windows XP will attempt to
connect to the network drives when Windows starts. If the remote
computers don't respond immediately, Windows will wait patiently.
Additionally, some programs will attempt to connect to the network
drives when you browse for files and folders. If you've ever tried to
open a file and had to wait several seconds (or minutes!), it's
probably because the program was trying to establish a network
connection—even if the file you are opening is on your local computer.

I am not as patient as Windows, and I'd rather not wait for unused
network connections to respond. To reduce this problem, disconnect any
unused drives by following these steps: Disconnect Unused Network

Remove Autostartup Programs in Systemtray
The next step in restoring your computer's performance is to identify
any unnecessary programs that start automatically. Often, programs
configure themselves to run in the background so that they appear to
start quickly when needed. Some of these programs show an icon on your
taskbar to let you know that they're running, while others are
completely hidden. These autostart programs probably won't noticeably
slow down your computer as it starts up, but they will steal away
trace amounts of memory and processing time as your computer runs.
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How to Fix Bigger Problems

Many of the Windows XP Performance and Maintenance newsgroup users are
experiencing serious, sudden performance problems. One day, their
computer was fine and the next it was painfully slow. This type of
problem is often caused by a computer virus or failing computer
hardware. The suggestions in this article probably won't fix those
types of problems. Instead, perform a virus scan on your computer. If
that's not the issue, you should contact your computer vendor's
technical support team for additional assistance. The troubleshooting
process for this type of problem requires the knowledge to examine the
computer's performance on a process-by-process basis, and usually
includes a "process of elimination" phase where drivers, services, and
hardware are removed/replaced one-by-one until the problem disappears.
There's a very good chance that the computer won't start at all at
some point in this process, so it's best to have support during the
process. Read More

How do I turn off visual effects in Windows XP?

This is what I call "the demo problem" because I feel like some of the
whiz-bang features that we find in modern operating systems are there
purely to look cool, to make the system look good when someone's
watching what you're doing. I mean, really, do we need three different
kind of window-open-zoom features?

What's nice with Windows XP is that it's relatively straightforward to
turn this feature off, though WinXP has the problem of whether you use
"classic" or "new" mode with your Start Menu. I'll show both. Read

Save Laptop Battery Life Tips

When there are no power outlets there's nothing more frustrating than
a dying laptop battery. We have all in that situation where we have a
couple hours of work left to finish but our battery life is only
estimated to last one more. Good news. Often times these situations
can be avoided by optimizing the battery performance. Here are the 20
tips that helps your laptop battery last longer.

Use Antivirus
Buy the Right Processor
Hard Disk
Take Care of the LCD.
Less is more - Next time you're in the market for a new laptop, think
twice about that 17in widescreen. You'd be much better off opting for
a smaller machine that won't devour half of a battery just to power
Dim your screen - One of the fastest ways you can kill your battery is
by leaving your screen brightness high. Dim your screen to the lowest
level you can possibly manage.
LCDs on laptops
Power Saving Options
Adjust your settings - Just about every new laptop will have some kind
of advanced power options settings. Optimize these settings for
maximum performance.
Use a Surge Protector When Charging
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Avoid Un-necessary Hardware
Avoid using the CD/DVD player
Turn off wireless and Bluetooth –Turning off your Bluetooth and
wireless won't save you a whole lot of power but in certain situations
every bit counts.
Turn off speakers - If you must listen to music use your iPod instead,
just make sure it's not plugged into your laptop.
Limit external devices - USB devices or anything else you have plugged
in uses battery resources
Using external hardware
Avoid Un-necessary programs
Use the battery
Clean battery contacts
Make Your Computer Faster Two Times Faster
Computers allow us to do many things but things that comes in through
our internet connection stop up our system. Here is a a step-by-step
guide for making computer two times faster. Read More




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