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Alex Ethridge

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I have a friend who has an old system that probably would run reasonably fast in the days of Windows 98; but, he's running Windows XP and it is excruciatingly slow. It is a stand-alone system on a wired connection to his cable internet. There is no file or printer sharing involved.

I hope that disabling unneeded services might speed the system somewhat; but, the service names and descriptions in Windows XP is quite cryptic so I have little to no idea which ones can be safely disabled. Where on the 'net can I find some help on this?
 

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I would leave the Microsoft services alone and concentrate on the non-Microsoft services. Some may be set to Manual.

However, Windows isn't always very good at starting the Manual services when needed. So, some applications may not work properly. I would rather trim the Startup programs instead:

Click Start > Run > type msconfig.

Click OK.

Select the Startup tab.
 
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Unless the machine is low on RAM, there is nothing to be gained by disabling services. NT is a service-based OS and not a resource-based one. Services use no CPU unless performing a function and are not "running in the background" in the sense that programs did with the Win 98 kernel.

In any case, Manual is a better choice so the services will at least be available if needed.
 

Alex Ethridge

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The system has only 512M RAM and part of that, 32M, is shared with video. After disabling non-essential items in MSConfig (and restarting), I could detect no difference. After disabling about a dozen items in Services, I saw a significant difference, faster on boot and on response times for other things. Programs no longer take "forever" to load/start.

Time/use will tell whether any problems were created.
 

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Go to Start - Run - MSCONFIG - OK - Services tab.

Uncheck "Hide all Microsoft services", then make sure that ALL service entries are checked, then click Apply.

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Go to Startup tab.

Except for the antivirus program(if a full-time one is currently installed and running), most or all of the other startup entries can be unchecked.

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Go to Start - Run - SERVICES.MSC - OK.

If any of the service entries are set on Disabled, change them to Manual.

If any crucial ones are set on Disabled, they cannot start, but they can if they're set on Manual.

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You said that old computer has 512 MB of RAM, but you didn't say what the processor type and speed is.

From my personal experience with resurrecting and upgrading old computers running Windows XP, if it has less than an Intel Pentium III 800 MHz processor, you'll probably be unhappy with the overall speed and snappiness of programs and functions.

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