ActiveWin: How to Optimise Windows XP Home and Pro
With most people now moving over to Windows XP Home or Pro on new PC's and even some older PC's everyone will be trying to get the most out of Windows speed wise. With a few simple tweaks you can get Windows XP running very sweetly without compromising on the new look that it has to offer. Also included in this is some tips and tricks for any problems you might get when things go wrong. A lot of these tweaks with with both Home and Pro, but if there is a tweak especially for one version it will be stated. A lot of these tweaks require you to use Regedit to make them work. If you do not know how to use regedit then please either do not attempt to do the tweak or ask someone who does. ActiveWin is not responsible for any problems that occur after using one of these tweaks. You do so at your own risk. If you think there may be a problem then make a System Restore point before you attempt one of these. A lot of these tweaks are ones from TweakXP which is a great site that deals with just Windows Tweaks. Be sure to go check them out at http://www.tweakxp.com .
Enable Cleartype on Welcome Login Screen
Microsoft clear type technology greatly increases clarity of text on laptop LCD screens. By default this feature does not start until after you log on. But with the tweak below you will be able to make it start as windows loads so it will be enabled on the welcome login screen.
by going Start -> Run and typing regedit
Place IE, My Documents, My Computer on desktop the easy way
This is an easy way to place Internet Explorer, My Computer, My Documents and My Network Places on the desktop.
click on the desktop and select properties
Windows XP Quick Keys
Windows Key + E
- Windows Explorer
Cache Folder Thumbnails
To make folders with thumbnail images start up faster, go to control panel and then folder options. Click on the view tab and make sure "Do not cache thumbnails" is not checked.
Delete Prefetch Automatically
Here's an easy way to delete your prefetch:
1. Go into My Computer and go into your hard drive.
Note: It will prompt for you to delete the files so if you schedule for it to be done, make sure you'll be on the comp at the time of it's execution.
Get more processing power
In the Run box, type "Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks". This frees up any idle tasks running in the background so that Windows XP can devote its full attention to what you want it to do. For example playing graphic intensive games.
Speed up menu display
When using the start menu the you will notice a delay between different tiers of the menu hierarchy. For the fastest computer experience possible I recommend changing this value to zero. This will allow the different tiers to appear instantly.
1. Start Regedit.
Modify application timeout
The operating system has a set amount of time that a program must be frozen for before it is timed out. Often this number is set too high. But in some circumstances it is set too low. Depending on if the program is doing a lot of calculations in the background the computer may think that it is timed out. To prevent this increase the value of the timeout in the registry.
1. Start Regedit
Disable Indexing Services
Indexing services is a small program that hogs HUGE amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexing and updates lists of the files on your system, so you can search for them quickly, but it's completely unnecessary.
To disable it, go to the Control Panel and click Add/Remove Programs. Click the Add/Remove Window Components. Simply unclick the Indexing services and click next.
Microsoft Speed-Up-Boot Tool
Microsoft has designed a tool to help in monitoring the boot up process of your computer. The tool has many cool features that allow you to find out how long each program running at start up is taking to load and when they load. For more information, visit the website by clicking here.
Increase speed by tweaking prefetcher settings
This is an unique technique for XP, which could improve the performance
significantly by tweaking the prefetcher. Recommended hardware: PIII 800 or
higher, 512M RAM or more.
Get System Uptime Only - Windows XP Pro
In XP Pro, in order to get your uptime you must execute the SYSTEMINFO
command at the CMD terminal.
System Settings for a Game Machine
If you are a hard core gamer then the below tweak is for you. Below are a list of windows services that we recommend you change to the manual setting. To access the services click Start -> Run -> type services.msc -> click OK
Routing and Remote Access
How to change the resolution in Windows XP if it to high for the monitor
You will mainly find this if you go to boot into Windows and you get graphics all the way up to the splash screen, but then when it loads you just get a black screen. To fix this you have to boot into Windows Safe Mode (pressing F8 a lot after you hear the memory beep and then choosing Safe Mode from the list.). Once in Safe Mode you have to go to Device Manager (Either Windows Key + Pause/Break -> Hardware -> Device Manager or Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager) and delete the display adaptor. Reboot. When you start Windows again normally it will re-detect the graphics card and you should be into Windows as normal.
Speed up browsing with DNS cache
you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth,
this is obvious. Some of this information deals with resolving the site name
to an IP address, the stuff that tcp/ip really deals with, not words. This
is DNS information and is used so that you will not need to ask for the site
location each and every time you visit the site. Although WinXP and win2000
has a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance
by increasing its size.
Network Interface Card Memory Tweak
Click on My Comp.