Windows disk utilities
There are a few ways to make Windows XP run faster. This includes ensuring that your system has the latest updates, unnecessary applications are turned off, your hard drive is defragmented and you have adequate RAM. Taking these steps will accelerate your computer.
1. Step 1
Make sure that your computer has the latest updates from Windows. To do so, open Internet explorer. Select “Windows Update” from the “Tools” menu. Install all essential updates to ensure that your security settings are secure.
2. Step 2
Get rid of the visual effect. To do so, right-click on the desktop and select “Properties” from the pop-up menu. The Display Properties dialog appears. Select the “Appearance” tab. In the drop-down box under “Windows and buttons,” select “Windows Classic style.” It will make Windows XP a little less pretty, but your computer will experience a performance boost.
3. Step 3
Turn off the Windows XP Indexing Service. Indexing Service runs in the background and uses lots of memory, but you don’t need it. To turn it off, navigate to the “Start” menu and select “Computer.” Press the “Ctrl” and “E” keys simultaneously. The Search dialog appears. Click the “Change Preferences” link in the left pane. Click “Without Indexing Service.” Click “No, do not enable Indexing Service.” Click “OK.”
4. Step 4
Examine what programs are running in the background by looking at the bottom right of the taskbar. Close unnecessary programs. Don’t let infrequently used programs automatically start when Windows boots. To do this, log in to an administrator account, navigate to the “Start” menu and select “Run.” In the Run dialog, type “msconfig” (without quotes) and click “OK.” Click the “Startup” tab and scroll through the programs that start when Windows XP boots. Uncheck programs that aren’t needed at startup, such as programs that automatically check for updates. This will make Windows XP faster.
5. Step 5
Defragment your hard drive regularly. This makes Windows XP faster because the hard drive will read and write faster. In addition, delete unused or unwanted files and programs. They are just wasting hard drive space.
6. Step 6
Get rid of temporary files. To do this, navigate to the “Start” menu and select “My Computer.” In the Properties dialog, click the “Disk Cleanup” button. The computer will scan your hard drive. After the scan is complete, click “OK” to remove the detected temporary files.
7. Step 7
Get more RAM. RAM is easy to install in computers and it is pretty cheap. Figure out how much you have now and increase it. RAM modules usually must be installed in pairs and must be compatible with your motherboard. Therefore, refer to the RAM supplier or motherboard manufacturer for assistance. If you can, install 2 gigabytes RAM to make Windows XP faster.