How to speed up Windows XP

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If you recently brought home you new computer with Windows XP operating system, and after only a couple of weeks you are finding it slowing down, then you may want to find out how to speed up performance on Windows XP.

Your operating system can slow down for a multitude of reasons like a virus, but chances are if it is only slow, you may well have some errors in your registry. Some files can become corrupted through the downloading process or the registry is bogged down from installing and removing applications.

Your registry is responsible for storing and maintaining all the files that basically run your system. It deals with installed applications, data user preferences, hardware device configuration and lots more.

Your registry is always changing, and being updated every single day. The registry is also a place where you can find many obsolete folders and files. Because your computer needs to run through everything in its registry upon startup and through out its daily operations, these folders and files that have become corrupted or obsolete will slow it down dramatically. If the registry gets too corrupted it may cause your entire system to slow down or even crash.

So, the first step you need to take for speeding up your Windows XP is to clean and optimize the registry with a good registry cleaner and optimizer tool. By keeping a clean registry, you can alleviate the slowness. You can find all sorts of registry cleaners on the Internet or at you computer supply store. The best place to start is by searching online because there you can look at any customer reviews about the software you’re about to buy. Buying a good registry cleaner is the first step to speed up performance of Windows XP.

Registry cleaners don’t just find and delete irrelevant folders and files, they are also capable of optimizing it so that everything is in its proper place. They can also assist in reducing or compacting the size of your registry to keep it running quickly. Any top registry cleaner will search out any of these files that have become corrupted through improper downloads, incomplete downloads, un-installing a program or failed downloads, and fix them immediately. It can also take care of removing any malicious entries from viruses or spyware.

The second important step you can take to speed up your Windows XP is to disable the Indexing Services which is an unnecessary service that takes a lot of RAM memory and wastes important resources from your computer. The Indexing Services process is responsible to keep track and updates the location of all of your computer files so that to give you a faster result when you search to find a specific file on your hard disk. This is an unnecessary service in my opinion and can be disabled, thus freeing you some precious memory for other tasks. This will speed up your overall Windows performance.

How to disable Indexing Services:

  • Go to Start > Setting > Control Panel
  • Double click Add or Remove Programs
  • Click the Add/Remove Windows Components
  • Uncheck the Indexing Services and press Next

Learning how to speed performance of your Windows XP may seem like an overwhelming task but following the simple two steps I described above you can get an enhanced PC performance. Many people are scared stiff when it comes to changing anything on their computer. While anything that is done to the registry by someone with little or no computer knowledge is highly recommended against, there are programs that can take care of everything for you. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about making your system worse using a registry cleaner.

Learning how to speed up performance on Windows XP is not very hard to do on your own. By seeking out a legitimate registry cleaner and also disabling the Indexing Services, you’ll have a smooth running fast system, just like the day you bought it.

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