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Tweak Windows XP for Better Performance


To make your windows XP work better you must tweak your windows XP setting. Usually to get better performance in your windows XP you can disable unneeded service that run in the windows XP, Delete unused font, cleaning registry (requires software registry cleaner), defrag the hard disk,and more.

I’ve collected manual methods to make your windows system work faster and better. I’ve the tweak method in this topic in my windows XP. Please note, on other computer maybe the is differ from the tutorial mentioned in this post.

Tweak Windows XP for Better Performance

Disable Unneded Windows Service

Go to: control panel – administrative tools – services.

Select the extended tab at the bottom. Here you see the services that are running or not if they have been stopped already. So, which ones do we not need to have running all the time if at all. Windows XP tweaks aplenty.

  1. Alerter : Notifies selected users and computers of administrative alerts.
  2. Clipbook : Enables ClipBook Viewer to store information and share it with remote computers.
  3. Error Reporting Service : No we do not need that. Since when has Microsoft helped you. So high-light it and then double click it. Up come a panel with options. Half-way down is says “Start Up Type”. Click the drop-down button and select Disable and OK. That told it.
  4. Fast User Switching Compatibility : Are you basically the only person using the computer, if not, so what. Disable that as you did above.
  5. Help and Support : do you have never used this ?. disable.
  6. Indexing Service : What’s the point in Windows continually indexing your hard drive or drives for searches you never do. Disable.
  7. Network DDE & Network DDE DSDM : If you are not connected to a network or broadband using Ethernet this too can be Disabled.
  8. Portable Media Serial Number : Not using an MP3 player or iPod then disable.
  9. QoS RSVP : Stop Windows using your bandwidth. Disable will stop all that Windows traffic that you cannot believe is going on. This tweak, top can reclaim anything up to 25% of your bandwidth.
  10. Remote Registry : Do you want remote computers to alter your registry. Disable.
  11. Smart Card : If you do not use a Smart Card on your computer then you can disable this too.
  12. System Restore : What’s the point in Windows XP Pro continually every so many minutes taking a snap shot of your system. Disable.
  13. Themes : Since we have adjusted for performance lets disable this as well.
  14. Uninteruptible Power Supply : If you do not have one fitted to your PC computer then this can be disabled too. Who has.
  15. Wireless Zero Configuration : Do you use WiFi. No. Disable.

Remove Un-used Font

Fonts. Do you need loads of fonts you do not use. These not only take up space on your hard drive but also use Windows XP resources. Purge. Remove the ones you do not use. You can easily save a copy before you delete them so you can put them back.

Tweak System Proterties

  • Virtual Memory Size. Change the size of your page file size. So. Control Panel, System, Advanced Tab, Performance, settings button & then Advanced. At the bottom you can change the virtual memory. We use min & max set at 500MB.
  • System Restore. This can be turned off a well by clicking this tab.
  • Remote assistance. Click the Remote tab and make sure the options there are not ticked.

Other Tweak

  • Hibernate. If your desktop PC computer is NOT a laptop then you can stop Hibernate. Go to your Control Panel, Power Option and select Hibernate Tab. Uncheck Hibernate. That stops that Windows XP program running and wasting resources.
  • Speech Recognition or handwriting software. Do you use it. No. Right. Control Panel, Regional & Language Options, Languages, Details, Advanced, System Config and “Turn off” Advanced Language Services.
  • While you are there. You will also have noticed on your way through that you can change the Visual Effects. You are given a choice. Why not try the performance version for increased performance.

Tips and tutorial Tweak windows registry read this post: Tweak windows XP registry for better performance

Posted by Fz 1 Response

One Response to “Tweak Windows XP for Better Performance”

  1. Larry Miller says:

    Regarding disabling System Restore service.

    The author has seriously misrepresented this service. By default System Restore will take only 1 snapshot per day. It usually takes only a few seconds and this is normally done during idle time. A restore point will also be made during most software installations. Impact on performance is virtually non existant.

    This service can be invaluable in restoring operation after a serious problem. It can mean the difference between a quick fix and hours of troubleshooting. You may never need it, but you will be very glad it is there if you do.

    System Restore requires 12% of disk space by default. If disk space is a consideration this can be reduced considerably. Even having only 1 or 2 restore points can be of considerable value.

    Unless disk space is very tight you have nothing to lose by leaving it enabled.

    Larry Miller
    Microsoft MCSA


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