Windows XP Performance Tips

Let’s put some new LIFE in that old PC!

Everyone wants their machines to run faster.  We have compiled a list of 5 simple things YOU CAN DO immediately to optimize up your old PC today!   These tweaks will work for both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Pro.

#1          Turn off Visual Effects

·         Click the Start button, right-click "My Computer" and select "Properties"

·         Select the "Advanced" tab

·         Under "Performance", click on the "Settings" button

·         Click the "Visual Effects" tab

·         Uncheck all the options in the window except the last 3 boxes and click ok

#2          Remove Unnecessary Software

·         Click the Start button, click "Control Panel"

·         Find the “Add or Remove Programs” icon and double click it

·         Scroll down through the list and see if you can identify any program that you installed but don’t use any more.

·         Highlight the un-wanted programs (that you can identify) and click “Remove”

(Note:  If you don’t know what it is, then don’t touch it.)

#3          Remove Unnecessary Windows XP Components

·         Click the Start button, click "Control Panel"

·         Find the “Add or Remove Programs” icon and double click it

·         Click the “Add/Remove Windows Components” on the left hand side of the screen.

·         Uncheck “MSN Explorer” and “Networking Services”

·         Click “Next”, then click “Finish”

#4          Cleanup the Hard Drive

·         Close all running programs

·         Click the Start button, click "My Computer" , right-click “Local Disk C” and select “Properties”

·         Under the “General” tab, click “Disk Cleanup”

·         Uncheck the “Compress old Files”.  Check everything else or accept the default selections.

·         Click ok.  Click “Yes” when prompted.

#5          Defragment the Hard Drive

·         Close all running programs

·         Click the Start button, click "My Computer" , right-click “Local Disk C” and select “Properties”

·         Select the “Tools” tab

·         Under the “Defragmentation”, click on “Defragment Now”

·         Select the “Local Disk C” and click the “Defragment” button

(This will take awhile to run.  Let it finish before doing anything else.)

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