Yahoo tips for speeding up XP

Postby syrus » Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:20 am

Does it seem like Windows has been running in slow motion? It's not your imagination. Over time, Windows becomes progressively slower, ultimately reaching the point where system startups become agonizing affairs. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's how to put a little pep back into that sluggish system.

Manage your apps: Over time, installed applications can overrun your system, consuming hard disk space, system memory, and processor time. Try going to the Control Panel's Add or Remove Programs tool and seeing if you can pare down some of the installed software.


Bar the gates: One of the biggest problems is that many programs run all the time, even though you don't need them to. Adobe Acrobat, for instance, loads an inane applet to keep tabs on when you need to view a PDF--despite the fact that a simple Windows file association ensures that Acrobat launches whenever you double-click a PDF file. Media-playing software is another frequent culprit. You can often disable this resource-hogging behavior in each applet (try right-clicking the applet icon in the Windows taskbar tray and clicking Properties or Options if applicable).


You can also knock out these preloaders in Windows. Click Start, Run and type msconfig and press OK. Click the Services tab, and uncheck any items in the list that you know you won't need. Click OK, and next time you launch, those services won't load into Windows.


Line 'em up: Another source of system slowdown is hard disk fragmentation, which occurs over time as files get written. As files change and grow, there often isn't free space to keep all the bits lined up in a row, so Windows places the data elsewhere and keeps tabs on how to pull the file together. While it all works well enough, these fragmented files force the disk to hunt down disconnected bits, slowing things down.


To line everything up again, open My Computer, right-click the drive you want to defragment, and click Properties. Then click the Tools tab and click Defragment Now. You can click the Analyze button to get a report showing you how mixed up your files are, or click Defragment to jump right into the process. Be warned, this can take an hour or longer on big drives. Also, the more free space you have on your disk when you defragment, the better.


Clean out the Registry: Even if you uninstall old applications and banish rude startup applets using MSCONFIG, the bits and chunks of software in your Windows Registry can still drag down your system. Utilities like Norton SystemWorks ($70) and VCOM SystemSuite Professional ($60) peer through thousands of Registry entries to sweep out unnecessary entries.


Test yourself: Want to avoid falling into the degrading-performance trap? PC Wizard is a free benchmarking application that lets you explore every aspect of your PC's performance--from memory and CPU to disk and graphics performance.
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Postby Wolv » Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:52 am

Good info. I sorely need to do that.
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Postby Whitey » Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:58 am

Alright a stupid post prob. I know some things about computers as well i'm sure many other's do in here. Can someone give a list of things that you don't really need checked in the Services tab i'm sure that would help alot as there are many things in there and most people prob don't know what they all do.
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Postby Wolv » Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:15 am

LordNikon wrote:Alright a stupid post prob. I know some things about computers as well i'm sure many other's do in here. Can someone give a list of things that you don't really need checked in the Services tab i'm sure that would help alot as there are many things in there and most people prob don't know what they all do.



Not stupid at all. I could use that info too!
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Postby Caladus » Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:37 am

Wolv wrote:
LordNikon wrote:Alright a stupid post prob. I know some things about computers as well i'm sure many other's do in here. Can someone give a list of things that you don't really need checked in the Services tab i'm sure that would help alot as there are many things in there and most people prob don't know what they all do.



Not stupid at all. I could use that info too!



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Postby Z » Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:37 am

Definitely useful! Even as a reminder to those who already know how to do it.


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Postby cheese » Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:59 am

Motion Seconded!!!!


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Postby syrus » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:13 pm

It be Stuck!
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Postby Iceman » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:25 pm

I think if you were to bring up Task Manager to see the processes running, then go to Google and type in that process name (i.e qttask.exe, which a Quicktime tray icon from Apple) it will return several websites that lets you know what that process does and what program uses it. This can help you make an informed decision on what you should remove from the Services Tab
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Postby HoRnY » Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:37 pm

syrus wrote:
Line 'em up: Another source of system slowdown is hard disk fragmentation, which occurs over time as files get written. As files change and grow, there often isn't free space to keep all the bits lined up in a row, so Windows places the data elsewhere and keeps tabs on how to pull the file together. While it all works well enough, these fragmented files force the disk to hunt down disconnected bits, slowing things down.




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