Have you ever wondered why your computer system's performance is extremely slow? There are some things that you could do for free that will dramatically enhance computer speed and these things are what Microsoft wants hidden from you.
Secrets to Maximum Windows XP Speed - What Microsoft Wouldn’t Tell You (Part I)
Secret 1: Removing Adware, Malware, and Spyware
When was the last time you scanned your computer system for adware, malware, spyware, and other unwanted pests that would only interfere with your system’s smooth performance? It has been shown that one out of six PCs has some king of malware or spyware! These programs are capable of slowing down your computer’s processes dramatically because they make use of resources in sending spam, generating pop-ups, slide-ins, and other unwanted ads, and they frequently get in the way with the operation of good applications and programs.
If you have not yet done a computer scan recently, I strongly recommend a free scan using a decent anti-spyware program. It is better to make use of those that are of high quality and are standalone, because such anti-spyware programs permit you to thoroughly scan your system and have it repaired in a matter of seconds. One good program is XoftSpy Pro.
As a final note, recent tests have demonstrated that standalone programs perform a much better job at detecting and removing adware, malware, and spyware than the “all-in-one” packages (e.g. Norton Internet Security, etc.).
Secret 2: Disabling Unnecessary Startup Programs
There are specific programs that Windows will launch immediately upon system startup, so every time you boot up your computer system, these programs are all battling for a portion of your CPU speed. Unnecessary programs included in the startup list will certainly increase your startup time, probably by a number of minutes. Some of the examples commonly run upon startup that are unnecessary include Napster, video managers, AOL, instant messenger applications, RealPlayer, etc.
If you are unsure about a program, it is not a big deal then. Try to disable it, reboot your system, and observe if everything will still work fine. If it does not, you can always re-enable it. This secret alone should allow you to boost your startup speed by 250%! Here are the steps you need to follow:
1.) Click the Start button.
2.) Click on Run.
3.) Type “msconfig” in the text field (without the quotation marks).
4.) Click OK or press Enter.
5.) A window should show up, entitled System Configuration Utility.
6.) Click on the tab labeled Startup.
7.) There, you will find a number of boxes, some of which are checked. What you need to do is uncheck all of the programs that you find unnecessary. Note that it is not advisable to uncheck an antivirus program, if you have one installed.
8.) After you have finished, click OK.
9.) You will then be prompted to reboot your system for the changes to apply. So, restart your system and once you have done this, a dialog box should be displayed upon startup. You have the choice of checking the option for not showing this dialog box every time your system restarts.
That easy! If you find these secrets to be helpful, wait for the rest. This is just part one for Windows XP folks! There are other secrets to follow, as well as a number of secrets for Windows Vista.