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How To: Optimize Windows XP And Make It Faster

Are you sick of your XP crashing constantly while you are playing a game? In this group of posts I will teach you how to optimize and tweak your Windows XP Home to run at almost double it’s current speed.I have divided the guide in 5 section series,I have written them in an educational way to help those non “tech savvy” in understanding how and why these optimizations are affecting their performance.Besides the preparatives, this tutorial should not take longer than 15 minutes per section.

What this guide will do:

    » Anywhere between 50-100MB of RAM (or more) will be freed up for other games and programs to use.
    » Processor cycles will be freed up, both during idle & load, that will allow your computer to be more responsive and have more cycles available for CPU-intensive programs & games.
    » System boot-up times will be decreased…some will notice boot times cut by 50% or more.
    » Programs, games, and the operating system itself will load & run faster.
    » Games will load and run much faster & in many cases will reap more FPS (frames per second).
    » The Windows operating system will be more stable, resulting in an overall system performance increase.
    » Crashes & error messages will be a thing of the past (unless other hardware, software, or driver issues are the cause).


    » For best results, I highly recommend that before beginning this tutorial you do a complete virus & spyware scan of your system.
    » After this tutorial is finished, defragment your hard drive(s) and continue to do so at least once a week.
    » During any point of this tutorial, if you are asked to reboot your computer (which occurs after making certain changes), choose NO. To fully appreciate the new speeds, complete the entire tutorial first before rebooting. However, keep in mind that you may not notice a decrease in boot times until after the second reboot. This is because extra time will be needed during the first reboot to implement all of the changes that you have made during this tutorial.
    » While you should not run into any problems at all during the course of this tutorial, every computer is different and anyone is capable of making mistakes. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that you create a System Restore point before continuing. If you are unsure how to create a System Restore point, please see Microsoft’s System Restore Help Center.

5 Section Guide:

» 1. Optimizing Windows Startup Tasks.
» 2. Optimizing Windows Display and Effects.
» 3. Allocating Processor & RAM Usage.
» 4. Optimizing Virtual Memory.
» 5. Getting Rid of Unneeded Background Services.


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