Hi Victor, Saturday, October 11, 2003, 8:19:32 AM, you wrote: VF> - clean out the registry once in a while - also compact it - the VF> less defragged that is, the faster it loads upon booting [the (ahem!) VF> - use a good defrag tool and make sure your swap file is one VF> contiguous file and not defragged. (ahem!) VF> Get rid of unused services [stop them manually and set them to VF> manual start - be careful with this as some services are dependant VF> upon others] Yes, be vewy vewy careful; I once ended up reinstalling Windows because of this, I think. There are a number of sites that will detail which can be turned off, although they don't always explain all of the side effects. VF> Scott mentioned Direct X 9 - only usable under the top level VF> video/graphics cards at the moment and very few programs [mainly VF> the latest games] even use the instructions contained within VF> DirectX 9, so that is not quite necessary yet - but on that note - VF> make sure you do have the latest drivers for all your hardware - VF> newer versions of drivers are for the most part faster and better. As I mentioned, it's planned to be used in the NEXT version of Windows. However, if you don't have DirectX 9 (I don't recall if it comes with WinXP or not), then installing it *might* give you some incremental speed improvements on the older instructions. VF> Disable cataloging if you want. I always do this; I've never seen much speed improvements when I've done searches with or without it. VF> Disable system restore if you want Not especially recommended, though. VF> There is lots and lots that can be done - just search around the VF> web and you'll find it all. Tweaking a comp system is something VF> that never really ends. True! See also these tweaks: Disable previewing images in XP's Windows Picture and Fax Viewer http://is-it-true.org/nt/xp/registry/rtips26.shtml I don't know about anyone else, but for me, it's always been horribly slow, so I was happy to find out how to turn the miserable thing off. Disable Balloon Tips in Windows XP http://is-it-true.org/nt/xp/registry/rtips10.shtml Ok for some things, but they're annoying when they're EVERYWHERE. Disable Windows Messenger for XP Home / XP Pro http://is-it-true.org/nt/xp/registry/rtips17.shtml If you don't use Microsoft's IM, then why keep it? Windows NT NTFS Last Access TimeStamp http://is-it-true.org/nt/registry/rtips71.shtml Every time you LOOK at a file, it gets recorded... --Scott. To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.