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Speed up Windows XP

1. Disable Background apps and services

Apps:
a. click start, run, type msconfig, press enter, and select the startup tab
b. disable the apps that you don’t need to be running at startup
Services:
a. click start, run, type services.msc, press enter
b. find services that you don’t need to be running at startup

2. Speed up shutdown by not clearing your page file (though there’s a little security vulnerability due to page files storing encrypted password)
a. click start, run, type regedit, press enter (make sure you know what you’re doing when editing the registry)
b. go to registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management
c. in the right pane, locate ClearPageFileAtShutdown, double click and change the value to 0

3. Optimize your performance settings
a. go to start, control panel, and select system
b. in system properties, select the advanced tab, click on settings under performance
c. under Visual Effects, click the settings button, select custom, and select only:
– use common tasks in folders
– use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
– use visual styles on windows and buttons

4. Make sure Virtual Memory is properly optimized
a. go to start, control panel, and select system
b. in system properties, select the advanced tab, click on change button under Virtual Memory
c. For Custom size, estimate 32mb plus twice system ram that you have. If you are not sure about what to put for the custom size, have windows manage your virtual memory

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5. Hardware upgrades
a. Add ram.
b. Upgrade processor.
c. If all else fails, buy an new computer!

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