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Default Optimizing XP

Ive been reading some bad guides about tweaking xp and know alot of people are struggling with older systems in laggy pain.This is also a entry for the $25 competition

First the essential software CCleaner will be needed. Its free and can be found at http://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/.

First your gonna clean out all the junk bloating your HDD. When you open this software first thing you should do is go to Options/advanced and untick only delete files in Windows Temp after 48 hours. Then go back to Cleaner and hit Run Cleaner. Also CCleaner has a registry cleaner which you can use as well..But before using it i reccomend backing up your registry. You can do this by going to run dialog,type in regedit and press on the My Computer Icon.Then go to file and export..Name it backup.reg or something...

Next step will be configuiring your startups which can also be done in CCleaner.Just go to tools and startup. Delete all entries which you dont need starting up when windows boots.

Now will be the real silver bullet. Go to Services.msc and disable services you dont need. http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm has a good list of some you will or wont need. I reccomend you going with SAFE config if your not confident or Power User if you are.

This is also very crucial to getting your system back to speed. At the moment im using Diskeeper 2008 which is a great piece of software but it isnt free. A good alternative soloution is Defraggler which is free. I reccommend you defrag once a week or if you've just finished installing big pieces of software or games.

This contains a few tweaks ive compressed. For most of them double click them and click yes. For the last shutdown tweak just double click and it should work.
While given in good faith i cannot guarntee this will work for your system and cannot be liable for any damage done to your Computer. If anyone does seem to happen them tell me and ill try to help.

Boosting SATA drives
go to device manager (run dialog type in devmgmt.msc and press enter).
Then expand disk drives. Click on your disk and go to policies tab. Tick enable write caching on this disk. And if you have a SATA drive enable advanced performance..

You should update your drivers every month or so. Drivers mean more stability and reliability.Also download the latest DirectX update.

A few good free tweaking utilites are Cachemen,CCleaner,Defraggler and Advanced Windows care personal. A few good ones which arnt free are Tune up utilies 2008,Diskeeper 2008, Registry Mechanic 7 and O&O defrag 11.

Viruses cause A HUGE peformance downgrade. I reccommened using Zone Alarm/Avast as a Firewall/Anti Virus combo. Zone alarm free edition is good and AVG Antivirus is free and good as well..Also scan your comp with spybot search and destroy. Its a great Anti-Spyware. I reccomend scanning your computer for spyware every week or so.

Heat causes resistance which causes lower performance..This might lead to your comp restarting all the time/artifacts in games etc. I reccomend cleaning out your computer (the case) every 3 months. Use a tissue and a bottle of compressed air. Clean out under the fan and stuff get all dust out and the most gunked place should be you CPU HSF. Its the one fan sticking out with the metal heatsink under it. If you know how then taking it off and applying some thermal paste before cleaning the heatsink/fan out is optimal.but if your not sure just clean it out using a tissue...a fan to blow out dusk?..

Yearly Format
Every year i suggest a Format of your hardrive and a fresh installation of your OS (XP). It should give a big performance boost. Although it will also delete all your files and software. So back your stuff up to a external HDD or something.

Best tip of all..The easiest way to upgrade performance is to upgrade your ram which is very cheap these days.First check what type of ram your motherboard supports and see how many free slots you have left. You can do this with CPU-Z. Then after buying the ram you can install it in the DIMM slots easily by just inserting it carefully in.

Thanks and you can find a copy of this guide at www.cyber-hub.blogspot.com If you've enjoyed this guide please make a donation to my paypal at taliban_remix@hotmail.com

ADDED: Also a another easy way to fixing disk performance is going to my computer and right clicking on a drive and unticking index this drive for faster searching. DO this for all drives.
Also update your drivers often. A good program i use (not free) is DriverGenius which detects newer drivers for you to install.
A process which is useless and almost every1 has got it is CFTMON.EXE which comes if you have Microsoft Office installed. You can turn it off by going to control panel. Then go to regional and language settings, then languages tab, Details then go to advanced tab of the dialog which opened then tick turn off advanced text services.
ADDED: A good of of improving and general browsing (not on internet) on your comp is to disable windows sounds on your computer (wont disable any of our music or anything). You can do this by going to control panel. Then go to sounds and audio, Then go to sounds tab, then under Sound scheme choose no sounds.
Also another good way of improving speed is by going to control panel and go to scheduled tasks. Delete all the tasks (maybe leave anti-virus scan). And do these manually so it wont start while your doing something else intensive and bog you down.

Last edited by Coldplayer; 01-29-2008 at 08:25 PM. Reason: Added more tweaks
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