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Please provide tips to make my PC Faster

Hello Experts,
My PC is running very slow, it also takes 4-5 minutes in Booting also,
I checked Msconfig->Services and found a long list of services which are active.
Pls tell me which of following services i can disable.

I have Pentinum Celeron 850 MHz with 512 RAM,
I Use XP SP2,  for running C++, VB, MS-Office, Internet Connection(Broadband), Small Games, TuneUp Utilities, and some times Oracle, Windows Media Player.

I Dont Use Themes, Screen Savers, Windows Help, Windows Updates, Firewall. I dont Use heavy graphics softwares.

I have installed Avira Antivirus, Zone Alarm Firewall. and scanned my PC with NOD 32 also, got no Virus warning etc.

List of Active Services is :  ( I have put ? which i feel i can disable), Please provide help.

      Application Layer Gateway Service
      Avira Antivir Personal -Free Anivirus Scheduler
      Avira Antivir Personal -Free Anivirus Guard
      Application Management
      Windows Audio
      Background Intelligent Transfer Service
      Computer Browser
      Indexing Service
      COM+ System Application
      Crypotographic Services
      DCOM Server Process Launcher
      DHCP Client
      Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
      Logical Disk Managr
      DNS Client
      Error Reporting Service
      Event Log
      COM+ Event Service
      Fast Uer Switching Compatibility
      Help and Support
      HTTP SSL
      IMAPI CD-Buring COM Service
      TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
      NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing       ?
      Distributed Transactino Cordinator
      Windows Installer                  ?
      Net Logon      
      Network Connections
      Network Location Awareness (NLA)
      NT Lm Security Support Provider
      Removable Storage
      OracleOraHome81Client Cache
      OracleOraHome81 TNSListener
      PavPrSrv                        ?
      Plug and Play
      IPEC Services
      Protected Storage
      Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
      Remote Access Connection Manager
      Remote Desktop Help Session Manager      
      Remote Registry
      RPC Locator      
      QoS RSVP
      Security accounts Manager
      Smart Card                  ?
      Task Scheduler
      SolidPDFConverter ReadSpool
      Secondary Logon
      System Event Notification
      Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
      Shell Hardware Detection
      Print Spooler
      System Restore Service
      Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)      ?
      MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
      Perfomance Logs and Alerts
      Terminal Service
      Distributed Link Tracking Client
      Uninterruptable Power Supply
      Visual Studio Analyzer RPC Bridge
      TrueVector Internet Monitor
      Volume Shadow copy
      Windows Time
      Portabe Media Serial Number Service
      Windosws Management Instrumentation Driver Extention
      WMI Performance Adapter
      Sercurity Center       
      Automatic Updates            ?
      Wireless Zero Configuration
      Networking Provisioning Service

Thanks A Lot.
Windows XP

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Lee W, MVP

8/22/2022 - Mon

This is the best, most complete and informative site I've seen on optimizing (speeding up) XP:


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...
Lee W, MVP

I would suggest you check out http://www.blackviper.com/

Also, keep in mind, you are using an OLD PC with an OLD, "economy" chip... it's not going to get THAT fast.  New computers can cost under $400... and used (on ebay) computers that are considerably faster than yours will cost under $200.  

RAM is vital to Windows XP.  Nowadays, I wouldn't be using less than 1 GB.

XP Service Pack 3 has been widely reported to increase performance by 10% (according to some estimates and I don't know how they are estimating)

The link LeeTutor suggested makes mention of Defragging - I would DEFINITLY do that if you haven't.

I would also suggest you look into exactly what kind of hard drive you have - with a system that old and "economy", you may have a 5400 RPM drive which will affect speed (most drives today are no slower than 7200 RPM.  And the disk is generally the slowest component of the system.

Also, check out what CPU is compatible with your system.  You could POSSIBLE upgrade it to a 1 GHz Pentium 3 which would be an improvement over the 850 Celeron.

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sorry to leew, i didn't see his comment and repeated his suggestion.
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William Peck

time to upgrade, a celeron chip is never gonig to be fast.

Also, with the other tips, make sure you disk is defragged. At a command prompt, type:
defrag c: -f

this will force the defrag to run even if space is low.

good Luck,


Gupi--"low tech" answer to your question.  I wrote this some time ago.  I hope all will forgive me where I have duplicated suggestions already made.
(Gupi--note especially #3 below which discusses minimizing the PROGRAMS (not Services) you allow to start on boot.)
1) Disk Cleanup. There are several ways to reach it. One is Start|All Programs|Accessories|System Tools|DiskCleanUp. That will start a scan of the PC to tell you what files might be deleted compressed. (The scan takes a while.) I would certainly delete Temporary Internet Files, Temp files, Downloaded Program Files and probably Compress Old Files. See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312 for details.
2) Then I would run ErrorChecking. (left click on MyComputer||right click on C:\ drive icon (assuming that is your hard drive)|Tools|Error Checking. Check the box "Automatically fix files system errors". Click Start (within the error checking window). You will be told to reboot. Do so. Error checking will then run as part of the reboot. It can take a while.
3) Start|Run|type MSCONFIG|OK|Startup tab.  WinXP actually needs very few thirdparty programs (the ones you see in msconfig) to run at start. Antivirus, Firewall, Antispyware, programs associated with wireless connections such as mouse, network, etc. would be among the few.  Uncheck the box to the left of any program you feel you do not need at startup.  Click Apply.  This site will help you make decisions what you do and do not need http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
4) Run Disk Defragmenter. ((left click on MyComputer||right click on C:\ drive icon (again assuming that is your hard drive)|Tools|Disk Defragmenter|Defrag Now click Analyze) UNLESS the analysis shows defragmentation is NOT needed, proceed to run Defragment. That also takes a while..
5) I was not sure whether to put this first or last.  You definitely should scan for spyware (you have already scanned for viruses).  Do you have such a program on your PC?  You should.  If you do, scan with it.  If not, and you want more information on what to use, post back.
6) I would be reluctant to disable Services unless you know exactly what you are doing. See this reference
The Elder Greek used to be very aggressive about disabling services, but you can see from the paragraph in red at the top, has changed his mind, now.  Black Viper has always been quite aggressive on disabling them.  Services have minimal effect on the speed of the PC.  Programs (mentioned in #3 ) have a much greater effect.

Thanks all.
I am an experienced user, using windows since years, know about Tuning Up using Defragmentation, Reducing Startup List, Increasing RAM Size, Changing Processor etc etc.
But here my question was only about knowing which services are needed and which can be disabled.
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Lee W, MVP

If you're an experienced user, then you know that turning off services is not going to result in a significant gain in performance.  It won't hurt, but odds are, you won't even notice the improvements.  Further, if you read the links LeeTutor and I provided, both included sites with DETAILED descriptions of what services do what and which ones you can shut down.
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Lee W, MVP

Gupi - why did you select the answer AFTER the one I posted which contained essentially the same link?