Solved

Speeding up an old Windows XP PC

Posted on 2007-04-10
7
288 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
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.
0
Comment
Question by:narroyo99
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
7 Comments
 
LVL 96

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 18884370
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).
0
 
LVL 59

Accepted Solution

by:
LeeTutor earned 250 total points
ID: 18886126
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...
0
 
LVL 92

Expert Comment

by:nobus
ID: 18888251
if you did the necessary on hardware level, i doubt the software side will get much more speed
0
Transaction Monitoring Vs. Real User Monitoring

Synthetic Transaction Monitoring Vs. Real User Monitoring: When To Use Each Approach? In this article, we will discuss two major monitoring approaches: Synthetic Transaction and Real User Monitoring.

 

Author Comment

by:narroyo99
ID: 18891062
thank you for your responses, but has anyone had any experience with the "tweak xp" and "pc tools" software?
0
 
LVL 92

Expert Comment

by:nobus
ID: 18891156
installing software for speeding up pc is trying to gain speed by installing more brakes . . .
0
 
LVL 96

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 18891351
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.
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:saroshjmistry
ID: 18910211
Thanks LeeTutor, excellent link.
0

Featured Post

Flexible connectivity for any environment

The KE6900 series can extend and deploy computers with high definition displays across multiple stations in a variety of applications that suit any environment. Expand computer use to stations across multiple rooms with dynamic access.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I. Introduction There's an interesting discussion going on now in an Experts Exchange Group — Attachments with no extension (http://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/210281/Attachments-with-no-extension.html). This reminded me of questions tha…
I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This co…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question