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Join Date: Jul 2009
Tips that sped up my Windows XP - 07-30-2009, 06:03 PM
After being disappointed with the RunCore performance I found on youtube some tips to speed up windows XP and they actually worked (besides the boot up one).
I wanted to share these and see if anyone else has used them and are they safe?
Start up faster
Navigate and expand in the registry
Change the Decimal value of the Startupdelay key to 40000 and restart the PC. You should notice a bootup that takes less time.
start menu speed
MenuShowDelay Changed to 0
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControl Set/Control.
Click on the "Control" Folder.
Double click on it and set a value lower than 1000.
Increase Virtual Memory
My Computer>properties>advance tab>Performance setting>advanced>virtual memory size 1.5x your RAM
Join Date: Jan 2011
01-16-2011, 06:22 PM
Increasing virtual memory to improve your Windows XP is really great. It is also easy. Just go to your control panel, click performance and maintenance, and click system. Then, on your advanced tab, click settings under performance; and under virtual memory, click change. Choose your drive and change the settings by choosing custom. Always keep in mind to set the values at 1.5 times you RAM. They should also be the same.
Join Date: Feb 2011
03-02-2011, 11:57 PM
The biggest thing I've done to speed up my Winders XP is a hack called minlogin I picked up a while back at a carputer forum. It replaces the original winlogin of your windows xp system and creates a single user profile called "SYSTEM". It PREVENTS multiple accounts on your system, speeds up boot QUITE a bit, and makes the system a little faster all around. It does this by removing any multi-login checks or abilities and streamlines the user profile part of Windows XP. You can check out the tutorial on how to install ithere:
GranTuring: Installing MinLogon
There is also another system called the EWF(Enhanced Write Filter) that is useful. It writes changes to your hard drive to the ram instead of to the hard drive. What does this do? It prevents things like viruses and your annoying sister from messing up your system. Restoring back to normal is as easy as a reboot. The disadvantage is turning the EWF system off and on can be annoying(command line...fun), so I would typically run the EWF on my system drive and store anything I want to keep around on my SD card. I think the biggest advantage is you really don't need to run any antivirus software and it reduces the reads to your solid state hard drive down to near nothing, so it will also allow your SDD to last quite a bit longer. Nifty.
GranTuring: Installing EWF
Also, you can use this cool tool called nlite to strip useless components from your Windows XP install. This is great for saving space and removing crap like the indexing service your not going to use anyway.
Finally, I disable all of the unneeded services in Windows XP to reduce stress to my system. This speeds up boot time, load time for programs, and over all reactiveness of the system. Sleek.
Good Luck guys!
Using everything here, my Windows XP took up around 700MB on install (with disabling hibernate and virtual memory) and I get 20 second boot times on a stock 16GB SSD.
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