Amongst all the programs that promise to speed up your computer(for a price, of course), we ask ourselves, which one is actually the most efficient one… after months of trying out various system-optimization programs, we concluded that Windows itself has all the necessary tools to make a notable improvement. It all comes down to freeing disk space and a bit of registry manipulation.
STEP 1:REMOVE UNNECESSARY FILES AND INSTALLED PROGS…
If you’ve installed a game and you didn’t like it and just left it there somewhere inside, it of course takes a toll on your operating system by slowing it down. So the first thing we need to do is to remove these unnecessary programs.
a)Go to START>CONTROL PANEL
Here click Add or Remove Programs;
A list of programs will appear…Shown below;
From this list just uninstall programs that you stopped using, but beware that you don’t uninstall some of Windows important component such as Service packs etc.
b)Do a disk cleanup
STEP 2:STARTUP PROGRAMS AND SIMILAR…
If you’re a type of person that looks for performance rather than appearance, try this tip;
a)First thing you’ll do is go through this post which was written earlier, so here’s the link
b)Removing visual effects will also do it’s part;
In the next window remove all the check marks except “Use drop shadows” and “Use visual styles”
STEP 3: MORE MEMORY – DLL and SERVICES
If you like using a bunch of programs at the same time, dll-s (dynamic linked library) are being written into memory by Windows Explorer.
This effects your computer speed greatly. So this is the way to make XP to remove all those unnecessary dll-s from your memory:
Go to START>RUN>regedit and there look for a key named; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE – Software – Microsoft – Windows-CurrentVersion- Explorer
In here create a new Dword named AlwaysUnloadDLL and let his value be 1.
Services are Windows’ default programs.
Go to START>RUN and type in services.msc. Here’s a list of services that you can turn on or off(right click>properties>disable). In the sidebar you’ll see a description for every service and what happens if you turn some of them off.
STEP 4: CLEANING YOUR REGISTRY
Let’s say you often install and uninstall programs. It’s inevitable that your Registry looks like a mess. To fix this problem we’ll use an excellent program called RegSeeker, it’s free and quite useful.
After installing and running it, in the startup screen you see all your installed programs. There is an option of deleting your temporary files and cookies, as well as a couple of tweaks you could try out. But the main option is of course, clean the registry option. Just click ok and after he’s finished scanning, click select all and delete selected items. If you’ve deleted something accidentally you can always go to backups and restore the deleted item.
STEP 5: FAST AND FURIOUS
These changes can be done by any Windows XP user, but the effects will only be seen to those users who have more than 256MB RAM.
Once again go to regedit and find a key called; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE – System -CurrentControlSet – Control – SessionManager – Memory Management
You’ll find an option DisablePagingExecutive – by turning this option on the OS will stop memorizing certain applications onto your hard disk and instead he’ll use the RAM’s capacity. With this simple tweak OS becomes a lot faster, because RAM is a thousand times faster than Hard drive virtual memory. Value of this option is 0. Change that to 1, by rightclicking and modifying.
Make the same change with the key LargeSystemCache , because they basically do the same thing.