10 Ways to speed up Windows xp

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 3, 2005
Updated • Apr 30, 2013
Windows, Windows XP

Everton Blair over at connectedinternet.co.uk published a nice beginners guide on how to increase the speed of your Windows XP operating system.

The tips are all great ones that I myself use on my Windows XP system. Tips include general ones that you've read on many sites like disabling indexing service but also advanced ones that beginners usually do not know about. Those include disabling performance counters, running Bootvis for faster boot times and removing fonts that the user and Windows are not using to speed up the boot process further.

He could have added more detail to some of the tips but a Google search or a comment will help you receive the answer to your question(s).

Update: Here is a list of tips that you find on the site.

  • 1. Disable Indexing Services
  • 2. Optimize Display Settings
  • 3. Speedup Folder Browsing
  • 4. Disable Performance Counters
  • 5. Improve Memory Usage
  • 6. Optimize your internet connection
  • 7. Optimize Your Pagefile
  • 9. Remove the Desktop Picture
  • 10. Remove Fonts for Speed

Windows XP users may also be interested in additional tips that have been posted on Connected Internet. You can access the post here: 10 Intermediate Ways To Speed Up Windows and More Ways to Speed Up Windows XP.

Here is the list of tips:

  • 1. Disable Unnecessary Services
  • 2. Turn Off System Restore
  • 3. Defragment Your Pagefile
  • 4. Speedup Folder Access – Disable Last Access Update
  • 5.Disable System Sounds
  • 6. Improve Boot Times
  • 7. Improve Swapfile Performance
  • 8. Make Your Menus Load Faster
  • 9. Make Programs Load Faster
  • 10. Improve XP Shutdown Speed

Please note that most of the tips will only work if you are using the Windows XP operating system. If you are using a different OS, they may not work at all or may not provide you with the benefits that they offered on a Windows XP system as Microsoft has made significant changes to the core of the operating system.


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