Five Simple Ways To Speed Up Windows XP
Everyday my Windows XP computer took longer and longer to boot. This machine had not been formatted in several years. It had plenty of RAM but I couldn't find out what was making it so slow. If your computer is slow, here are five things you can do right away to increase performance!
1. Clean out the Start Menu. I was shocked when I realized that I had three columns of programs in my Start Menu. That's a lotta icons! Each icon and custom setting takes time to load. Bite the bullet, clear out the whole Start Menu. You will be glad you did. To do this: Right click on the Start button and choose "Open All Users". Happy deleting. But be careful.
2. Download and install CCleaner from CCleaner.com. CCleaner is freeware and is great for clearing all the temporary "crap" off your computer. That's how CCleaner got its name. You would be surprised at all the temporary files that live on your drive for years and years.
3. Run Disk Cleanup. Disk Cleanup is another utility for cleaning temporary files from your computer. Go ahead and have Disk Cleanup "compress old files". This tells Windows to compress files that have not been used in a long time and doesn't affect the performance of the file or Windows. Of course reference your third-party software support if you are unsure. You can access Disk Cleanup by clicking Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools.
4. Run defrag. This cannot be stressed enough. Defrag is great for organizing all your files. If you had an extremely messy house, do you think you could easily find a piece of paper from two months ago? That's right. Hard drives are the same way. Everything runs a lot smoother when all the files are organized. You can access Defrag by clicking Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools.
5. Turn off all that custom display stuff. What do you use your computer for? If you are like most people, you use it for web surfing and email. Why the need for all the custom visuals. Turn your display to 16-bit color and turn off the custom effects. You can access Effects by right-clicking on the Deskop | Choosing Properties | and clicking the Appearance tab. You click access colors by clicking the Settings tab.
There you have it, five simple things you can do now to increase performance and speed up boot time! Happy computing!
By Brandon Doyle
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