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

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

1.) To decrease a system's boot time and
system performance, use the money you save
by not
buying defragmentation software -- the
built-in Windows
defragmenter works just fine -- and instead
the computer with an Ultra-133 or Serial ATA
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
the NTFS file system. If you're not sure,
here's how
to check: First, double-click the My Computer
right-click on the C: Drive, then select
Next, examine the File System type; if it says
then back-up any important data. Next, click
click Run, type CMD, and then click OK. At the
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
I highly recommend NTFS for its superior
security, reliability,
and efficiency with larger disk drives.

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

The idea is that the user can
search for
a word, phrase, or property inside a document,
they have hundreds or thousands of documents
and not
know the file name of the document they want.
XP's built-in search functionality can still
these kinds of searches without the Indexing
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
environment where thousands of documents are
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
to index this disk for fast file searching."
apply changes to "C: subfolders and files,"
and click OK. If a warning or error message
(such as "Access is denied"), click the Ignore

All button.

5.) Update the PC's video and
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
every three months or so. Windows XP can
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
Windows XP is wasting time, and slowing system
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
Here's how: Double-click the My Computer icon.
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,
on the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers device, and
that DMA is enabled for each drive you have
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
IDE Channel.

9.) Upgrade the cabling. As
technology improves, the cabling requirements
to achieve
these performance boosts have become more
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
For these reasons, the cable is designed so
drive positioning
is explicitly clear.

10.) Remove all spyware from the
Use free programs such as AdAware by Lavasoft
or SpyBot
Search & Destroy. Once these programs are
be sure to check for and download any updates
starting your search. Anything either program
can be safely removed. Any free software that
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,
reinstall it. For more information on removing
visit this Web Pro News page.

11.) Remove any unnecessary
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
tab, then uncheck any items you don't want to
when Windows starts. Unsure what some items
are? Visit
the WinTasks Process Library. It contains
known system
processes, applications, as well as spyware
and explanations. Or quickly identify them by
for the filenames using Google or another Web

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

13.) Turn off any and all
animations, and disable active desktop. In
fact, for
optimal performance, turn off all animations.
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.
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
of the performance registry tweaks offered at

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

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

17.) Make sure the customer has
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
than did the previous versions of Windows, too
fonts -- that is, anything over 500 -- will
tax the system.

18.) Do not partition the hard
Windows XP's NTFS file system runs more
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
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,
That task can be time-consuming and also can
in lost data.

19.) Check the system's RAM to
it is operating properly. I recommend using a
free program
called MemTest86. The download will make a
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
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.
bad memory cannot be repaired, but only

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

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
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
option. You'll have to reboot your machine for
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
Also inspect the motherboard capacitors for
or leaks. For more information on this
phenomena, you can read numerous articles on
my site.

Following any of these suggestions should
result in
noticeable improvements to the performance and
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
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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

I will try these
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