Top 10 Ways to Increase Windows XP Performance

10. Run registry cleaner every 90 days or so

cleaner

Installing and uninstalling programs generate registry entries within the storage of a computer. These registries then take up valuable space in the memory and therefore slow down overall system performance. This kind of a problem generaly occurs when orphaned registry entries are, used by the system memory in other programs that have no connection with the software that had been, uninstalled. To avoid these anomalies one must therefore run registry cleaner at least once every 90 days.

9. Reduce visuals and enhance performance

performance options

In performance options, which can be, accessed via going into ‘my computer’ and then right clicking into properties, there is a checklist for the priority for the operating system. In order for the overall performance of XP to increase one must check ‘adjust for best performance’ and hit apply. This would reduce the visual effects of the system but coherently increase system performance.

8. Regularly check for malware and spyware

malware

Anti-malware and spyware software are probably one of the best ways to keep horse Trojans out of a system. It is a very good practice to regularly, check for malware and spyware using the latter software. This also keeps the load off an antivirus making it consume less system memory.

7. Always run manual scans

manual scans

Scanning systems manually would ensure that you always do it at a time when the system is free of any other commitment, as it would not hinder your work by slowing down the PC. Scheduled scans create unnecessary log files that are then, used by the computer memory to increase load on the system. As mentioned earlier if you are running Malware and Spyware software regularly then I guess there is no need for scheduled scans.

6. Min & Max Paging file size should be identical

paging file

One of the key features that reduce the performance of an XP system is the malfunction of memory due to redundant paging file size. To reduce this error, one must always keep the initial and maximum paging file size identical to each other. This can be, accessed via performance options as mentioned earlier.

5. Increase Boot Speed

Bootspeed

Opening the run command and typing ‘msconfig’ opens another configuration setting that can be; used to reduce the boot speed of the system. By increasing boot speed one can easily switch off and on a pc and hence save power or prolong battery life in a notebook.

4. Stop Unnecessary Startup Services

Msconfig_Services

Another option that can be, used by typing ‘msconfig’ into the run command bar, is stopping unnecessary startup services; if there are too many startup services running the system will eventually slow down. To reduce the effect go into the latter options and click on services, once this is open check the box ‘hide all Microsoft services’ and then disable everything else.

3. Clean Recycle bin regularly

Recyclebin

If you are one of those people that do not permanently delete a file then checking the recycle bin and sorting through it can also increase performance. Clean the recycle bin regularly to avoid clattering of docs and other files on the System.

2. Defrag Regularly

Defrag

Coming back to our discussion about orphaned registry entries and similar to these are temporary or ‘temp’ files. These files may have become redundant but due to system critical functions the OS uses these on a regular basis. Now defragging the storage may enable to sort these temporary files into a chronological order and thereby reduce computer memory usage due to cluttered files.

1. Uninstall regularly

Add and Remove Programs

Uninstalling software regularly also reduces the amount of volatile memory being, used and therefore speeds up the system.

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