85. Change boot sequence.
and effective way of speeding up your loading time is to change the boot
sequence in the BIOS. By altering this sequence so that your system hard drive
is the first device the computer attempts to boot from, you save the precious
seconds needed for the computer to check other devices for bootable media. If
you wish to boot the system from a CD or floppy, you will need to change the
order in the BIOS again, however.
versions include a menu that can be accessed from the POST which allows the user
to choose the device he or she wishes to boot from. To do this, go to the
'advanced BIOS features' section of the BIOS and change the 'first boot device'
setting to 'hard disk 0.'
86. Disable the XP loading screen
up your boot process slightly, disable the Windows XP loading screen. This can
be accomplished easily by opening the MSCONFIG utility ('start\run and type
msconfig'), selecting the 'boot.ini' tab and checking the /NOGUIBOOT option.
boot your system, you will see a black screen in between POST and the welcome
screen from now on.
87. Eliminate unwanted fonts to increase boot
Windows XP control panel contains a 'fonts' directory which holds all the fonts
currently installed on your system. These can come from Windows itself or from
an application such as Word.
checks and loads these fonts during the startup process, therefore having a
large amount of font files can cause performance to drag during startup. The
simple solution for this (if you do not expect to use the majority of these
fonts constantly) is to move the unnecessary fonts to a new directory elsewhere
on the hard disk, preserving them in case they are needed, but preventing them
from loading upon startup.
new directory called 'font backup' or something similar on your c:
'start\control panel\fonts' and select all fonts (for now, we will be more
selective later). Drag and drop all the fonts into the backup folder you just
created. Things will get garbled for a moment, never fear. Windows XP will
automatically re-install the base fonts that it needs to display text into the
fonts folder in a second or two.
have the bare minimum of fonts installed. Go through the backup folder and
cherry pick the fonts that you are sure to use (like Times New Roman or
removed a large volume of fonts, your system should now boot faster.
88. Turn off BIOS disk detection
modern motherboards will attempt to detect any IDE devices, such as hard drives
and CD drives, during the POST sequence each time the computer boots. By
configuring the BIOS with the correct drive information, you can shave a few
seconds off your boot time by avoiding this detection process.
this enter your system's
BIOS setup screen.
on your motherboard, you may have an IDE drive auto-detection menu. If you do,
simply select it to automatically set your drives. If not, configure the drives
through the 'standard CMOS settings' menu.
some motherboard chipsets (like Nvidia's Nforce 2) do not allow this
auto-detection to be disabled.