When you first install WindowsXP, the
software loads in a lot of services by default and many of these services are
not needed. Services like Automatic Updates, System
Restore and Help and Support are not always needed. If
you don't use it, disable it.
To disable services, you must have
Administrative Rights and have the ability to access Administrative
Tools . Once inside there, go to Services and disable what you don't
use. If you're not sure what it does, don't disable it, messing around with
Services can ruin an OS!
Here are a few services that you'll want
to disable when benchmarking for 3DMark...
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Help and Support
Logs and Alerts
Shell Hardware Detection
Please note though,
some of the above services may be needed for your everyday use, so if
you find your computer acting weird, reenable the above services.
Another small tweak you can do to
enhance the performance of your system is going to the Advanced
Tab inside your System Properties. From there, click the
Settings tabs in the Performance section and
select Best Performance .
Let's check out how much performance we
gain from those few tweaks.
With the above tweaks we get about
another 100 points. Not a huge boost, but 100 points usually separate average
scores with good ones.