With this tips and tricks, our machines with Microsoft Windows XP will be faster and more responsive. So, how to tweak our machine with MS Windows XP ..? This is simple tips and trick but it’s powerful to increase performance our machine. We’ll discuss different ways to improve and tweak MS Windows performance.

The first trick to increase MS Windows XP performance, we must disable some items that start when our machine with MS Windows XP boots. With this way, we’ll decrease how long this process take and increase computer performance. We don’t recommend to disable CTRL+ALT+DEL using the Group Policy Editor. With this tweak, we’ll increase our computer performance but it’s more risk for our computer security.

The second tips and tricks, we must sweep out the system tray. The system tray referred by Microsoft as the notification area and it’s located on the right side of the taskbar, such as new e-mail, network connection status, printer status and others. Usually, the system tray icons is a applications will start automatically when MS Windows XP boots and running in the background. So, if we remove as many as possible the system tray icons, it will increase performance our machine. We can remove some items in the system tray icons by right clicking them and choosing exit. If we want to remove items from the system tray icons permanently and prevent them start when our machine boots, we can use msconfig utility.

MS Config Utility in Microsoft Windows XP

The third tips and tricks, we’ll increase boot up performance with enable auto logon. This tweak, we’ll recommended if our machine is located in a secure area. So, how to enable auto logon on MS Windows XP system and bypass MS Windows XP’s prompt to enter username and password.

  1. Click Start -> Run
  2. type : control userpasswords2 in the dialog box and click OK.
  3. UnCheck Users must enter a username and password to use this computer and click OK.
  4. In the automatic log on dialog box that appears, type username and password and click OK.

Enable Auto Logon Windows XP

The fourth tips and tricks, we must turn off performance monitor. In the Microsoft Windows XP have a built in performance monitor that essentially monitor performance on our machine. This application is never used by most users and using system resources in the background. If we turn off this application will increase our computer performance.

The fifth tips and tricks, we must turn off file index service. In the Microsoft Windows XP have a built in feature, an indexing service that keeps track of all the files in our machine and make search file / folder more easy. With this feature, the system performance is adversely affected due to growing pagefile size and increased usage of CPU time. So, how to disable it ?

  1. Right click on every hard drive partitions in our machine, select properties.
  2. Un Check “ Allow indexing service to index this disk for fast file searching”
  3. Click on “Apply changes to subfolders and files”
  4. If any files in the disk cannot be updated, select “Ignore All”

File Index Searching

The sixth tips and tricks, we must remove cache and temporary files. Follow the step bellow to clean up cache and temporary files :

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools
  3. Select Disk Cleanup
  4. Check All box unless “Compress old files” and “Catalog files” options.
  5. Click OK.

Folder Options

The seventh trips and tricks, speed up folder browsing. In the Microsoft Windows XP have a feature that automatically adds network folders and printers which we already have installed on our machine. With this feature, our machine will periodically scan automatically lists shared resources on our computer. This feature will need more resources, disable this feature will increase our machine performance. Follow the steps bellow to disable it.

  1. In the Microsoft Windows Explorer.
  2. Click Tools -> Folder Options.
  3. In the folder options window, click View tab.
  4. Un Check “Automatically search for network folders and printers”
  5. Click OK.
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