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Speeding up an old Windows XP PC

Posted on 2007-04-10
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What is the best way to speed up an older PC? I know about deragging, and adding more RAM, and wiping out a hard drive and reinstalling XP. I've done all these. Would "XP Tweaks" be recommended? I am technically competent, but I would be hesitant to try to edit the registry or mess with the bios. This is for an old Dell Dimension 4100 that I'd like to set up a my kids' internet PC. Thanks to all.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Disable unnecessary services and programs - do you really need Quicktime to start when the computer starts?  Remove it.  

Then review
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

Beyond RAM, defragging, and upgrading the CPU, about the only other thing that might help performance is replacing the drives with a faster disk/disk controller and/or install a RAID 10 (RAID 0 if you can live with losing everything and reinstalling from scratch in the event either disk crashes).
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This is the best, most complete and informative site I've seen on optimizing XP:

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html

This site has a great deal of information on many steps to optimize XP, in categories such as:  removing viruses, spyware and other malware; keeping MS patches updated through Windows Update; making sure all drivers are updated; various tweaks involving the registry, use of virtual memory, the Recycle Bin and System Restore usage; a number of optimizing utilities; disabling of unnecessary Windows services; and much more...
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by:nobus
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if you did the necessary on hardware level, i doubt the software side will get much more speed
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by:narroyo99
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thank you for your responses, but has anyone had any experience with the "tweak xp" and "pc tools" software?
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by:nobus
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installing software for speeding up pc is trying to gain speed by installing more brakes . . .
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Software that claims to speed up your computer will, at best, speed up one aspect of it while slowing the rest of it down... and at worst, slow everything down.  No IT person I know uses or encourages the use of such tools.
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by:saroshjmistry
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Thanks LeeTutor, excellent link.
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