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How can I increase my computers performance??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by hank04, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. hank04

    hank04 Thread Starter

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    There was a posting here a month ago with a link to a webpage explaining how to increase performance....when it comes to speed. I recall one of the instructions to do a search and deleting jpg and temp folders and such.

    If someone can direct me in the right direction that would be great.

    Thanks
     
  2. KHolloman

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    what kind of specs does your PC have?
     
  3. Saga Lout

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    It's good practice to delete all temporary internet files and cookies regularly and XP offers the chance to do this after each loggoing off from your ISP. Bin any old downloaded programme files you still have lying around After they've been unzipped and installed the original - quite large - file still remains intact. As you say, .jpg and .mpeg files take up a lot of sapce - if you don't need then, delete them. Run your defrag package at least once a month - if possible more frequently.

    Run spy and ad trackers regularly - Spybot Search and Destroy is free (but donations welcome) at http://www.security.kolla.de and AdAware SE Personal from http://www.lavasoftusa.com. SpywareBlaster sits in the background keeping spyware at bay and this is also free at http://www.javacoolsoftware.com.

    As KHolloman says, post back your spec and someone may decide you could do with more RAM but the simple housekeeping routine above will speed things up a little.
     
  4. trickyt

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    Buy a book on the Windows Registry. Here you will find many tweaks to speed things up. For example, there are tweaks to improve internet connection speed, to improve bootup times, to increase the number of simultaneous connections, and to speed up the display of menus and reduce the time it takes to power down the PC.

    There are other tweaks that you can do to the BIOS, and I recommend that you visit this site to learn of all the possible tweaks:
    http://www.pcguide.com/ref/mbsys/bios/index.htm

    Lastly, you can improve the performance of your pc by not running unnecessary programs. Use MSConfig to get rid of what is unnecessary. To have a look at the msconfig files of a freshly installed pc, have a look at this web page:

    http://www.ymbj.com/BSOD/msconfig2.htm
     
  5. natcom

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    you talk about your computers performance but you dont said anything about your computer hardware or OS more info is need it
     
  6. Saga Lout

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    Trickyt wrote:- Lastly, you can improve the performance of your pc by not running unnecessary programs. Use MSConfig to get rid of what is unnecessary. To have a look at the msconfig files of a freshly installed pc, have a look at this web page:

    And the first thing I noticed on the screenshots was a "Normal" startup, meaning he hasn't used msconfig to stop unnecessary programmes. I too prefer this approach - it's better to stop programmes adding themselves to the list of auto starts than to take them out after the event and wind up with a Selective startup.

    Since clean installing XP Pro on a new hard drive and applying SP2 from a MS CD straight away, I now have the fastest boot sequence I've ever had - 29seconds from on-switch to desktop. The only things added since are McAfee related and a wireless mouse and keyboard.
     
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  8. trickyt

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    My freshly installed WIN XP and SP2 is also faster to boot. I am running an AMD Athlon 1600. Time from black screen to the hour glass turning off is 40 secs. It loads Norton, PC Suite, HP Active Synch, Nokia PC Suite, MSN Messenge, Bluetooth, and the NVDIA settings and an HP printer in this time.

    My pc is a slower model than yours, but I think 40 secs is OK. Before it was more than a minute (before the re-format and fresh windows install.).
     
  9. hank04

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