[pcductape] Re: Win XP home ed.

  • From: Scott McNay <Wizard@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: Victor Firestone <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 11:43:23 -0500

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


VF> - use a good defrag tool and make sure your swap file is one
VF> contiguous file and not defragged.


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.


See also these tweaks:

Disable previewing images in XP's Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
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
Ok for some things, but they're annoying when they're EVERYWHERE.

Disable Windows Messenger for XP Home / XP Pro
If you don't use Microsoft's IM, then why keep it?

Windows NT NTFS Last Access TimeStamp
Every time you LOOK at a file, it gets recorded...


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