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Did this make Windows Faster
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 PostPost subject: How to make Windows XP Fast        Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:14 am 
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Step One: Go and get all the updates EXCEPT Windows Genuine Advantage

Step Two: Go into Add and Remove Programs and uninstall program you don't need (eg expired trials)
Step Three: Install CCleaner

Step Four: Get Windows Media Player Classic and K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

Step Five: Install Ashampoo Startup Tuner and register it (get a email account for that as it will send email ads, gawab.com is a good email service)

Step Five: Disable Startup Software except for Anti Virus and video driver

Step Six: Run CCleaner

Step Seven: Make a folder called My Desktop (or whatever you want to call it) and place all but the shortcuts for programs you use often in it.

Step Eight (Optional): If you know what your doing then disable some services in Ashampoo

You should notice after a restart that Windows XP is faster

To find the software google it and you should find it

Run CCleaner every two to three weeks

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 PostPost subject: Give your XP a real horsekick (also works for LH4074)        Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:18 am 
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Hi,

Have a look at this post i wrote here : http://www.r2x2.com/blog/?p=57

Its a reg. fix that realy do some magic.

My best advice, use "MicroXP" or take WinXP-Legacy and kill ALL services that you dont need.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:22 am 
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Instead of installing some Ashampoo peice of crap, why not simply use msconfig?
Open up a runbox, type msconfig, and DON'T USE ASHAMPOO SOFTWARE!!!!


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Ya, i would agree there.. use "msconfig" and "services.msc"

When disabling services, it can be a good idea to check dependency first, eg. on my "tuned" xp installation, i have 7 services running, the machine uses 83mb ram after boot with SP3

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:32 am 
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I'd also reccomend browsing through gpedit.msc, theres not much in there you can disable to increase speed, but your bound to find a setting that will make life easier.


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use nLite to remove useless components

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 PostPost subject: .. or just use MicroXP        Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:54 am 
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i just tested latest version of MicroXP (not the "old" version from our ftp), around 230mb when installed and use about 35+ mb ram.. prety nice

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I would say run Ccleaner and Disk Cleanup on a daily basis, rather than every few weeks.
For Vista in particular, I leave the Thumbnail cache option in Ccleaner unchecked, otherwise you'll burn up extra memory constantly creating new thumbnails.
And the most important one that hasn't been mentioned yet would be to defrag at minimum once per week.


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Buy more RAM.
Then you wont need to disable all the services, it can give you problem when using/installing an program.

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What I would do is: Slipstream SP3 into the XP share, then use nLite to remove some things I don't require, eg: Messenger, all games except pinball, which is listed seperately from the games category. I would have it so that the following services are disabled by default: System Restore, (I am careful when changing settings and installing things), and error reporting. Then, I would have it patch uxtheme.dll, disable SFC, and setup an unattended install so I don't have to enter info like the product key.

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 PostPost subject: Re: How to make Windows XP Fast        Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:37 pm 
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mewrox99 wrote:
Step One: Go and get all the updates EXCEPT Windows Genuine Advantage


Without Genuine Advantage you can't get all of the updates...

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Step Four: Get Windows Media Player and K-Lite Mega Codec Pack


How exactly is this supposed to speed up someones computer?

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Step Five: Install Ashampoo Startup Tuner and register it (get a email account for that as it will send email ads, gawab.com is a good email service)


I'll agree with everyone else, why not just use tools that come with Windows?

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What I would do is: Slipstream SP3 into the XP share, then use nLite to remove some things I don't require, eg: Messenger, all games except pinball, which is listed seperately from the games category. I would have it so that the following services are disabled by default: System Restore, (I am careful when changing settings and installing things), and error reporting. Then, I would have it patch uxtheme.dll, disable SFC, and setup an unattended install so I don't have to enter info like the product key.


I usually do something similar. Using nLite to disable services is great, but to actually remove them is stupid unless you're installing Windows on a machine that you never want to update or change and it has one specific purpose. Otherwise don't actually remove any services or components, just shut them off. Obviously removing the games and Windows Messenger isn't going to hurt anything, but when you start pulling things out, other things get broken in the process, as well as Windows/Microsoft Update breaks depending on what you remove.


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 PostPost subject: Re: How to make Windows XP Fast        Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:15 pm 
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QuiescentWonder wrote:
mewrox99 wrote:
Step One: Go and get all the updates EXCEPT Windows Genuine Advantage


Without Genuine Advantage you can't get all of the updates...

He probably means WGA Notifications, which is the one that puts an icon in your tray and messages when you log on if it thinks it's not legit, which is totally optional. The WGA ActiveX plugin is the one you need for running Windows Update (on XP, it's integrated on Vista), and it just validates when you go to Windows Update and doesn't do anything except display a page in the browser telling you it is not legit instead of offering you the updates.

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Replacing Winlogon with Minlogon can reduce the boot-up time (it saves a bunch of seconds for me) but comes with a few downsides, e.g. it completely eliminates the logon process, resulting in an auto-login single-user install.


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Really, you don't need third-party apps to speed up Windows XP. You can like DjRob said, buy more RAM, or you can use msconfig and services.msc to configure services/startup items you don't need so they don't boot up. You can also use Device Manager to disable hardware you don't need, but I don't know if that speeds up the computer in anyway.


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Really, you don't need third-party apps to speed up Windows XP. You can like DjRob said, buy more RAM, or you can use msconfig and services.msc to configure services/startup items you don't need so they don't boot up. You can also use Device Manager to disable hardware you don't need, but I don't know if that speeds up the computer in anyway.


A lot of the boot time is for drivers, of course the amount is going to vary with what hardware you have. I'm not sure if simply disabling them prevents loading the drivers, but uninstalling them definitely will. How you're going to keep Windows from installing them again on next boot up is not something I can tell you.


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dont use the pagefile assuming you have > 2gb ram


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Set the page file to two or four GB no matter how much RAM you have. Having extra paging file space doesn't hurt at all, but not having enough will open you up to a total system crash if something eats all your memory. And some versions of windows automatically throw some processes on the paging file (ones that aren't being used very often).

Download and run Dial-a-Fix if it's an older computer. That will unregister and reregister all your DLL's. Can make your PC run faster if it's having a problem finding a certain DLL or if one's broken. Also use the tools option of DAF and process idle tasks - on an older computer, it'll speed startup and shutdown.

Use CCleaner to run a registry scan. It could avoid some problems (and speed windows up if it's searching for files that don't exist).

I recommend using Autoruns to disable startup items, it comes from Microsoft and is very comprehensive.

Use blackviper.net's services guide to change your services.

In Vista, after disabling unneeded services (according to BV), set all services (that make sense) to delayed start. Helps you get to the desktop faster.

Disable all visual effects (except for applying the themes, and the shadows for desktop icons).

Install decent anti-virus. Avira seems to be the top dog right now, you only have to deal with one pop-up per day.

If you have a lot of software, download and run PC Decrapifier. It seems to find more programs than you can through add/remove programs, and it does multiple uninstallations at a time - takes less time. Also run ccleaner (cleanup and reg scanner) afterwords.

Disable unused hardware in the BIOS (like parallel ports, serial ports, etc.).


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 PostPost subject: Re: How to make Windows XP Fast        Posted: Sat May 16, 2009 5:01 pm 
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I do it by:

1. Clean install
2. Install all updates (no IE8, no WMP 11)
3. Disable all un-necessary services
4. Install & Run Tune Up Utilities 2009
5. Install Anti-Virus
6. Disable any un-necessary hardware (don't use the 56k modem? or the cd drive? disable them!)


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 PostPost subject: Re: How to make Windows XP Fast        Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:04 am 
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I don't believe in all these guides on how to make your PC faster.

There's one way that actually works though:
UPGRADING PARTS

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 PostPost subject: Re: How to make Windows XP Fast        Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:12 am 
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This is more of a "Update and remove crap that has accumulated on your computer" instead of a tweaking guide so its not a "magic hack" but a "what your supposed to do".


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I'd also suggest defragmenting the hard disk at least once a month (and use a third-party software rather than Windows Defrag)

Also, I'd suggest setting windows services to 'Manual' rather than disabling them, so they will run only when an application or user needs them (it doesn't work with all services, either)


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I should add to the above post that you should never defrag an SSD hard drive. SSD's do not require defragmenting as their access time to all areas of the drive is equal and fragmentation doesn't slow them down. Defragging only uses up the limited read/write cycles each block of the SSD has, so don't do it.

Never change any windows services to manual either (except for windows search, and a few select others), just ones that are created by software you install.

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 PostPost subject: Re: How to make Windows XP Fast        Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:38 am 
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GROUP POLICY EDITOR

applies to all professional SKUs of 2000/XP and Vista/7 ( not found in any home editions except MCE05, which is in fact xp pro )

XP pro Sp2/3 - XP Media SP2/3 - Fundamentals - Server 2003 :

type run : gepdit.msc

or alternate :

run mmc.exe , load snap-in : gpedit

navigate to Administrative templates for the per-computer-settings and look here :

- Windows Components : disable all Application Compatibility stuff, the engine, the assistant. ( maybe the 16bit app support too ) : this results into XP only capable of executing true Windows 2000/XP apps and no legacy anymore ( nt4, win 9x, win 3x )

makes a huge difference, because apps load instantly without looking in the registry for appcomapt switches.

- System Restore : I disable this here.

- System : disable "persistent time stamp"

( Windows writes all 60seconds or so a timestamp to all files, when they have been accessed.. you can imagine that this is not optimal for performance.. )

In the per-User-hive, Administrative templates below in gpedit.msc are all the UI related settings :

disable personalized menus, disable tracking of user, disable Animations, disable Active Desktop, force Windows Classic and so on..

theres much more you can tune with gpedit, be carefull always read the text for each setting.But be warned : if you tweak without reading before what you are doing,you can basically lock you out of your own machine or cripple it so that you cannot do any more work with it..

The settings above mentioned are harmless.

If your apps don't work anymore, simply set the settings back to default. But be careful with Internet Explorers Security policies and all MMC related policy settings, otherwise you are locked out of the settings if you "deny" yourself any snapins..

MS has lots of other ADM files available on the MS download site ( search for "ADM" ) for Office,Ie7,IE8,Messenger, Search 3,4 and more..

these policy templates may be imported into the default gpedit console and voila : you have the ultimate tweaking tool at hand

( which windows tweaking tool lets you disable animations / sound / cleartype /security / printing / memory usage for Word 2007 or lets you disable filetypes and disable remote-indexing, throttling the speed of the indexer for MS Desktopsearch? and so .. - with gpedit and MS' ADM files you can. )

all settings you do in the mmc are in place after a reboot.

This Snapin is highly recommended on Vista.. it can do wonders in terms of performance..

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Install MinLogon
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Use CMD as shell.


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