Over time Windows XP can slow down drastically due to registry errors, viruses, and just daily use, but this all can be undone with a few simple and easy tips and tricks.
If you’re running short of space and Service Pack 1 is causing you no trouble at all, and you’re sure you’ll never want to remove it, then use the tool that Microsoft has provided to clear the 800MB of uninstall files. Simply type vsp1cln.exe into Start Search and press Enter to launch it. It’ll erase your old files, free up some disk space and you can get on with enjoying your faster, more reliable PC.
You need to disable file indexing to make the Windows XP operating system perform better. The job of Google indexing service is to get info from files on the hard drive and create a “searchable keyword index.” For the computer users who don’t use the XP search feature for searching documents, it is better to turn this feature off. Don’t know how to disable file indexing? The process is very simple. Open My Computer and then right-click on the C: Drive and select Properties. Next uncheck “Allow link indexing service to index this disk for fast file searching.” Apply changes to “C: sub folders and files,” and click OK.
Some background programs will run anyway, and could be tying up more memory or processor time than you realise. To find out, right-click the taskbar, select Task Manager > Processes. Now just watch for a while. Assuming you’ve sorted by CPU use, you’ll now see background processes pop up as they run. If you spot something you don’t recognise that’s taking up 10 per cent or more CPU time, right-click it and select Properties to find out more. Once you’ve discovered which program owns this process, check the documentation to find out if you really need to run it.
Click Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Device Manager, right-click hardware you don’t need – an unused network adapter? – and select Disable. However, disable the wrong thing and your PC won’t reboot, so if in doubt, leave it.
Fast User Switching Compatibility: Disable it if you have only a single user on your computer, or if you do not use fast user switching feature much. That is, if you completely log off and then allow other users to use your computer, then you do not need this. Note that this service is completely useless for low memory computers.
Hopefully some of these tips will speed up your computer’s start time. Another option is to disable user passwords if your computer requires a password each time. Of course, you would need to balance your security situation with your need for speed. Let us know if you want help disabling this function.