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Increase the Performance of Win XP - Step 1

Disable Extra Startup Programs

There are certain programs that Windows will start every time you boot up your system, and during the start-up phase, they're all competing for a slice of your CPU speed. Extra or unwanted items in the start-up list will definitely increase your start-up time, perhaps by several minutes. Some common examples are things related to WinAmp, Adobe, instant messengers, and video managers.

If you're not sure about an item, no big deal. You can turn it off, restart your PC, and see if everything seems to work. If not, you can always go back and re-enable an item in the Start-up list. This tip alone should speed up your start-up by 250%. Here are is what you have to do:

1. Go to Start button Run
2. Type "msconfig", without quotations
3. Hit enter key or click the OK button
4. A System Configuration Utility window will show up
5. Click the Start-up tab
6. In the Start-up tab you will see several boxes and some of them will select (checked). All you have to do is to uncheck extra items that are of no use. If you run an antivirus program, it is not recommended to uncheck it.
7. After making you choices press the OK button, you will be prompted to restart computer to apply changes.
8. After restarting your computer a dialogue will be displayed. You can check the option for not showing this dialogue every time your PC reboots.

Remove Spyware, Adware, and Malware

Have you scanned your system for spyware, adware and other unwanted pests? One of six computers has some sort of Spyware or Malware! They dramatically slow down your computer because they use resources to generate popup ads, send spam, and often interfere with the operation of good programs.

If you haven’t scanned recently, we recommend a free scan from a good anti-spyware program. We prefer to use stand-alone, high quality anti-spyware programs like XoftSpy Pro, which give us the ability to scan and repair these problems in seconds.

FINAL NOTE: Recent testing has shown that stand-alone programs do a much better job than the “all-in-one” packages (ex. Norton Internet Security) at detecting spyware, adware, and malware.

Optimize Display Settings

Windows XP can look good but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimize:

1. Click the Start button
2. Select Control Panel
3. Double-click the System icon
4. Click the Advanced tab
5. In the Performance box, click Settings
6. Leave only the following ticked:
a. Show shadows under menus
b. Show shadows under mouse pointer
c. Show translucent selection rectangle
d. Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
e. Use visual styles on windows and buttons
7. Finally, click Apply and OK.

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