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Windows How to speed up an XP PC without reinstall?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Zinfandel, 26 Jan 2012.

  1. Zinfandel

    Zinfandel Well-Known Member

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    So, this might be a stupid question but to be honest it's just not something I've ever really done!

    Out side of the usual defrag/cookies et al, what can be done to speed up a machine that's not been formatted for 8 years?

    Any ideas folks?
     
  2. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    cc Cleaner
    defrag all drives.
    uninstall crap you dont need so you have a decent size chunk of HDD space
    disable uneeded startup items such as adobe update, nero drive check etc etc (msconfig)

    use a low footprint AV
    run anti-malware and virus scans (you never know)
    run XP on best for performance (looks like windows 95 !)
     
  3. TobletDanillio

    TobletDanillio Member

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    avg (free) is a good av.
    spybot search and distrony. good to spyware
    malwarebytes is great to malware and virus. run and remove I don't keep this on my pc just use it to check if I'm given a pc or repairing it.

    if you can get yourself a copy on avg pc tuneup (not the freebe) its a great program that will remove lots of stuff thats not needed (temp files)
    if you can search temp in the search and make sure you have all files selected and hiden files and all that and delete it all.
     
  4. Zener Diode

    Zener Diode User Title

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    +1 for CCleaner

    MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) is a very lightweight AV and integrates well with Windows.
     
  5. Briaireous

    Briaireous New Member

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    Since no one else has mentioned it. Increasing the page filing might also help or at least setting the minimum to the same value as the maximum. Also dont setup pagefiling on the same HDD as your windows installation. I dont know your PC specs so results may vary

    Hes a guide for multiple tweaks you can do for better performance: XP Tweaks
     
  6. Coltch

    Coltch Member

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    Remove XP and install GNU/Linux :D

    CCleaner & Malwarebytes + MSE
     
  7. Deders

    Deders Well-Known Member

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    How much ram does it have? You'll want at least 1GB, if not more.
     
  8. Shichibukai

    Shichibukai Resident Nitpicker

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    I've used XP for years before finally making the switch to Win 7, after 8 years the amount of junk left in there just can't all be cleaned. They'll be registry settings and other crap left behind by stuff uninstalled etc etc, not worth the effort since you wont see much change imo.
     
  9. Booga

    Booga Cuppa tea anyone?

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    This. :thumb:


    Use the start up feature in CCleaner and using Bleepingcomputer work out what you do and don't need to start up. You'll find there is a lot of shite that you really don't need to start up.
     
  10. Cleggmeister

    Cleggmeister Of reasonable knowledge...

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    On the defrag issue, I've tried 'em all and O&O is the most comprehensive by far. Use the free trial and see what you think.

    I'd also recommend Auslogic Registry Cleaner, again more comprehensive than that in ccleaner.

    Lastly, run msconfig.exe and manually check each item that loads at startup and every service. That could speed things up no end.
     
  11. ruke

    ruke New Member

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    I think XP is getting quite slow with the years. At least mine today is running quite slow and this is mainly when I open sevral browser and do not close them during the whole day.

    To speed it up a bit I could recommend going through your list with Windows services. There are a lot that could be stopped. There are some tips about this on the Internet.
     

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