Put XP on a diet
Windows XP is a bloated piece of software as it comes "out of the box" it has dozens of processes running that you will never need and all of them use up memory and processing power.
To regain that memory and power put XP on a "diet"!
To start with go to the My Computer icon on the desktop or on the start menu if it isn't showing on the desktop and right click it and select properties.
Select the Advanced tab and in the performance tab select settings and then select "adjust for best performance".
If you like the look of XP's desktop with the new colourful icons then select the last item in the list "Use visual styles on windows and buttons" also select "smooth edges of screen fonts" then hit apply.
Go down to "Start up and recovery" and change "Time to select list of operating systems" to 3 seconds and while you are there untick "Send an administrative alert" and also "Automatically restart"
Then go to the "Remote " tab and untick the "Allow Remote assistance invitations to be sent from this computer".
Go to the Automatc Updates tab and select "Turn off automatic updates"
Select the "System Restore" tab and select the (C:) settings and move the slider down to 2-3% depending on how big your hard drive is.
Apply and restart and notice how much faster Windows starts.
Windows XP "diet" pt 2
This involves disabling some processes running in the background, be very careful what you turn off in here as it may cause parts of your Windows to stop working! Do so at your own risk.
I have tried and tested these tweaks and had no problems with them but there's always a first time.
To start go to start/run and type in "services.msc" without the "".
A box will open and show you all the processes running on your computer, go down the list until you see "ClipBook" right click on it and select properties and disable it.
Do the same to "Error Reporting Service"
"Messenger" (this is not Messenger the program!),
"Remote Desktop Help"
and "Wireless Zero Configuration"
Don't do the last one if you are using a wireless network!
There are several more you can disable, but without knowing the particular use for your computer I will leave them out for safety and general use.
Each of these processes uses memory and if you are not using them then save that memory for other applications.
Put XP on a diet
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4 July 2008
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