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PostSubject: Twenty Three Ways to Optimize Windows XP   Wed 02 Jun 2010, 12:29 pm


Twenty
Three Ways to Optimize Windows XP, How to
SPEED UP
Windows XP,
Windows
XP Tips and Tricks, Windows XP Optimization,
Optimize
Windows XP, Speed Up Windows XP







Since defragging the disk won't do much to
improve
Windows XP performance, here are 23
suggestions that
will. Each can enhance the performance and
reliability
of your customers' PCs. Best of all, most of
them
will cost you nothing.

1.) To decrease a system's boot time and
increase
system performance, use the money you save
by not
buying defragmentation software -- the
built-in Windows
defragmenter works just fine -- and instead
equip
the computer with an Ultra-133 or Serial ATA
hard
drive with 8-MB cache buffer.



2.) If a PC has less than 512 MB
of RAM,
add more memory. This is a relatively
inexpensive and
easy upgrade that can dramatically improve
system performance.

3.) Ensure that Windows XP is
utilizing
the NTFS file system. If you're not sure,
here's how
to check: First, double-click the My Computer
icon,
right-click on the C: Drive, then select
Properties.
Next, examine the File System type; if it says
FAT32,
then back-up any important data. Next, click
Start,
click Run, type CMD, and then click OK. At the
prompt,
type CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS and press the Enter
key. This
process may take a while; it's important that
the computer
be uninterrupted and virus-free. The file
system used
by the bootable drive will be either FAT32 or
NTFS.
I highly recommend NTFS for its superior
security, reliability,
and efficiency with larger disk drives.

4.) Disable file indexing. The
indexing
service extracts information from documents
and other
files on the hard drive and creates a
"searchable
keyword index." As you can imagine, this
process
can be quite taxing on any system.

The idea is that the user can
search for
a word, phrase, or property inside a document,
should
they have hundreds or thousands of documents
and not
know the file name of the document they want.
Windows
XP's built-in search functionality can still
perform
these kinds of searches without the Indexing
service.
It just takes longer. The OS has to open each
file at
the time of the request to help find what the
user is
looking for.

Most people never need this
feature of
search. Those who do are typically in a large
corporate
environment where thousands of documents are
located
on at least one server. But if you're a
typical system
builder, most of your clients are small and
medium businesses.
And if your clients have no need for this
search feature,
I recommend disabling it.

Here's how: First, double-click
the My
Computer icon. Next, right-click on the C:
Drive, then
select Properties. Uncheck "Allow Indexing
Service
to index this disk for fast file searching."
Next,
apply changes to "C: subfolders and files,"
and click OK. If a warning or error message
appears
(such as "Access is denied"), click the Ignore

All button.

5.) Update the PC's video and
motherboard
chipset drivers. Also, update and configure
the BIOS.
For more information on how to configure your
BIOS properly,
see this article on my site.

6.) Empty the Windows Prefetch
folder
every three months or so. Windows XP can
"prefetch"
portions of data and applications that are
used frequently.
This makes processes appear to load faster
when called
upon by the user. That's fine. But over time,
the prefetch
folder may become overloaded with references
to files
and applications no longer in use. When that
happens,
Windows XP is wasting time, and slowing system
performance,
by pre-loading them. Nothing critical is in
this folder,
and the entire contents are safe to delete.

7.) Once a month, run a disk
cleanup.
Here's how: Double-click the My Computer icon.
Then
right-click on the C: drive and select
Properties. Click
the Disk Cleanup button -- it's just to the
right of
the Capacity pie graph -- and delete all
temporary files.

8.) In your Device Manager,
double-click
on the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers device, and
ensure
that DMA is enabled for each drive you have
connected
to the Primary and Secondary controller. Do
this by
double-clicking on Primary IDE Channel. Then
click the
Advanced Settings tab. Ensure the Transfer
Mode is set
to "DMA if available" for both Device 0 and
Device 1. Then repeat this process with the
Secondary
IDE Channel.

9.) Upgrade the cabling. As
hard-drive
technology improves, the cabling requirements
to achieve
these performance boosts have become more
stringent.
Be sure to use 80-wire Ultra-133 cables on all
of your
IDE devices with the connectors properly
assigned to
the matching Master/Slave/Motherboard sockets.
A single
device must be at the end of the cable;
connecting a
single drive to the middle connector on a
ribbon cable
will cause signaling problems. With Ultra DMA
hard drives,
these signaling problems will prevent the
drive from
performing at its maximum potential. Also,
because these
cables inherently support "cable select,"
the location of each drive on the cable is
important.
For these reasons, the cable is designed so
drive positioning
is explicitly clear.

10.) Remove all spyware from the
computer.
Use free programs such as AdAware by Lavasoft
or SpyBot
Search & Destroy. Once these programs are
installed,
be sure to check for and download any updates
before
starting your search. Anything either program
finds
can be safely removed. Any free software that
requires
spyware to run will no longer function once
the spyware
portion has been removed; if your customer
really wants
the program even though it contains spyware,
simply
reinstall it. For more information on removing
Spyware
visit this Web Pro News page.

11.) Remove any unnecessary
programs
and/or items from Windows Startup routine
using the
MSCONFIG utility. Here's how: First, click
Start, click
Run, type MSCONFIG, and click OK. Click the
StartUp
tab, then uncheck any items you don't want to
start
when Windows starts. Unsure what some items
are? Visit
the WinTasks Process Library. It contains
known system
processes, applications, as well as spyware
references
and explanations. Or quickly identify them by
searching
for the filenames using Google or another Web
search
engine.

12.) Remove any unnecessary or
unused
programs from the Add/Remove Programs section
of the
Control Panel.

13.) Turn off any and all
unnecessary
animations, and disable active desktop. In
fact, for
optimal performance, turn off all animations.
Windows
XP offers many different settings in this
area. Here's
how to do it: First click on the System icon
in the
Control Panel. Next, click on the Advanced
tab. Select
the Settings button located under Performance.
Feel
free to play around with the options offered
here, as
nothing you can change will alter the
reliability of
the computer -- only its responsiveness.

14.) If your customer is an
advanced user
who is comfortable editing their registry, try
some
of the performance registry tweaks offered at
Tweak
XP.

15.) Visit Microsoft's Windows
update
site regularly, and download all updates
labeled Critical.
Download any optional updates at your
discretion.

16.) Update the customer's
anti-virus
software on a weekly, even daily, basis. Make
sure they
have only one anti-virus software package
installed.
Mixing anti-virus software is a sure way to
spell disaster
for performance and reliability.

17.) Make sure the customer has
fewer
than 500 type fonts installed on their
computer. The
more fonts they have, the slower the system
will become.
While Windows XP handles fonts much more
efficiently
than did the previous versions of Windows, too
many
fonts -- that is, anything over 500 -- will
noticeably
tax the system.

18.) Do not partition the hard
drive.
Windows XP's NTFS file system runs more
efficiently
on one large partition. The data is no safer
on a separate
partition, and a reformat is never necessary
to reinstall
an operating system. The same excuses people
offer for
using partitions apply to using a folder
instead. For
example, instead of putting all your data on
the D:
drive, put it in a folder called "D drive."
You'll achieve the same organizational
benefits that
a separate partition offers, but without the
degradation
in system performance. Also, your free space
won't be
limited by the size of the partition; instead,
it will
be limited by the size of the entire hard
drive. This
means you won't need to resize any partitions,
ever.
That task can be time-consuming and also can
result
in lost data.

19.) Check the system's RAM to
ensure
it is operating properly. I recommend using a
free program
called MemTest86. The download will make a
bootable
CD or diskette (your choice), which will run
10 extensive
tests on the PC's memory automatically after
you boot
to the disk you created. Allow all tests to
run until
at least three passes of the 10 tests are
completed.
If the program encounters any errors, turn off
and unplug
the computer, remove a stick of memory
(assuming you
have more than one), and run the test again.
Remember,
bad memory cannot be repaired, but only
replaced.

20.) If the PC has a CD or DVD
recorder,
check the drive manufacturer's Web site for
updated
firmware. In some cases you'll be able to
upgrade the
recorder to a faster speed. Best of all, it's
free.

21.) Disable unnecessary
services. Windows
XP loads a lot of services that your customer
most likely
does not need. To determine which services you
can disable
for your client, visit the Black Viper site
for Windows
XP configurations.

22.) If you're sick of a single
Windows
Explorer window crashing and then taking the
rest of
your OS down with it, then follow this tip:
open My
Computer, click on Tools, then Folder Options.
Now click
on the View tab. Scroll down to "Launch folder

windows in a separate process," and enable
this
option. You'll have to reboot your machine for
this
option to take effect.

23.) At least once a year, open
the computer's
cases and blow out all the dust and debris.
While you're
in there, check that all the fans are turning
properly.
Also inspect the motherboard capacitors for
bulging
or leaks. For more information on this
leaking-capacitor
phenomena, you can read numerous articles on
my site.


Following any of these suggestions should
result in
noticeable improvements to the performance and
reliability
of your customers' computers. If you still
want to defrag
a disk, remember that the main benefit will be
to make
your data more retrievable in the event of a
crashed
drive.
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty Three Ways to Optimize Windows XP   Sat 02 Apr 2011, 8:12 pm

har cheez hi jab aur lagani hai to PC hi change krlo aik hi bat bol detey sihdi thra se un ko 23 part me divide krney ki kiya zarorat thi
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty Three Ways to Optimize Windows XP   Sat 30 Mar 2013, 6:42 am

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