BEFORE YOU proceed, read the following paragraphs! You should have your computer at the original state, if you have done other tweaks, undo them. Use Disk Defragmenter before and after these tweaks and ALWAYS backup.
Microsoft XP can be crabby at times. If you corrupt your registry, you will lose access to everything and have to wipe and reinstall. BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY, BACK UP YOUR DATA, BACK IT UP AGAIN, DOWNLOAD IT, EMAIL IT TO YOURSELF OR BACK IT UP TO AN EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE OR OTHER DRIVE. I won’t be responsible for any damage you do to your computer by the following tutorials. You have been warned.
1. Disable Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop:
Start Menu -> Classic Control Panel -> System -> Remote -> Uncheck ‘Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer’, and ‘Allow users to connect remotely to this computer’ -> Click ‘OK’
This will save memory by disabling these services that you’re most likely never going to use, and will increase XP security by preventing unknown people from trying to remotely connect to your computer.
2. Disable System Restore:
Start Menu -> Classic Control Panel -> System -> System Restore -> Check ‘Turn off System Restore’ -> Click ‘OK’
System Restore is used and is only good if you like to break [level-premier-free]your computer, have children who like to change stuff on your computer and break it by downloading crap, etc.By disabling it, you will save loads of space and boost performance.
3.Change max. size of Recycle Bin to smaller number, and remove display delete confirmation dialog:
Desktop -> Right click Recycle Bin -> Properties -> Set ‘Maximum size of Recycle Bin’ to a smaller percentage like 3-5% -> Uncheck ‘Display delete confirmation dialog’ -> Click ‘OK’
By doing this, you remove the dedicated space set aside for your recycle bin.If its set to 10% (by default) and your drive is 300GB, that’s 30GB – waaaayyyy too much space for garbage.By unchecking display delete confirmation dialog, Windows will just delete an item without asking you – but still save it in bin until you empty it.
3. Disable auto search for printers and network folders:
Start Menu -> My Computer -> Tools Menu -> Click ‘Folder Options’ -> View Tab -> Uncheck ‘Automatically search for network folders and printers’
When you open up Windows Explorer, by default your computer searches for network folders and printers, even if they are not there.By disabling it, it will speed up your browsing and overall performance of Windows.
4. Shut off Indexing Service:
Start Menu -> My Computer -> Right Click Local Disk (C:) (or available hard drives) -> Properties -> Uncheck ‘Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching’ -> Check ‘Apply To All Files And Folders’ -> Click ‘OK’
Indexing = big hog! It will index files and keep certain files in memory so you can search for them faster, but its just not worth the hogged space.
5. Disable Hibernation:
Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Power Options -> Hibernate Tab -> Uncheck ‘Enable Hibernation’ -> Click ‘OK’
Most people only use hibernation for a laptop and if its not used, it simply is using up your memory and speed.
6. Disk Check your hard drive for any errors:
Start Menu -> My Computer -> Right Click ‘Local Disk (C:)’ -> Click ‘Properties’ -> Tools Tab -> Click ‘Check Now’ -> Check ‘Automatically fix file system errors’, and ‘Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’ -> Click ‘Start’
Set this in motion and plan on leaving the computer for an hour or more.XP often wants you to reboot to start the checking and will check the drive for errors and fix them.
7.Defragment hard drive:
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Click ‘Disk Defragmenter’ -> Click ‘Defragment’
Do this often! The defragment process moves files in an area that allows for quicker access, making your overall experience faster.
SEE How to Tweak XP Computer-Part2