89. Use the Bootvis utility
little known fact that Microsoft actually produced its own free utility to help
speed up Windows XP boot times. Bootvis was its name, and although they later
removed it from their site and claimed it was simply a design utility and would
not help speed up the average PC, many XP users thought differently, enough to
keep the software alive on the net. The Bootvis utility is available here. Try it out and
decide for yourself!
Bootvis download and install the program, then run it.
Go to the
'trace' menu and select 'next boot and driver delays.'
Bootvis will prompt to reboot. Reboot and wait for Bootvis
to start again.
Go to the
'trace' menu and select 'optimize.' Reboot again. Wait for Bootvis to complete
its analysis. Your boot times should now be optimized.
90. Use the Intel application
computer has an older Intel chipset (pre-865) you may benefit from downloading
and installing the Intel Application Accelerator . This
software replaces the Windows XP ATA (hard disk and IDE device) drivers with
ones specially designed for Intel chipsets, improving disk performance and boot
make sure that your computer conforms to the system requirements before installing the
91. Disable unnecessary services
XP runs many, many services in the background. A lot of these are not actually
necessary to the day-to-day operation of your PC, depending of course, on what
you use it for.
simple fact is different people will need different services enabled. To judge
for yourself which are necessary, right click on 'My computer' and select
'manage.' From the computer management window, expand 'services and
applications' then click 'services' to open up the window listing all available
labeled 'started' are currently running, and the startup type 'automatic'
denotes a service which is started by windows each time the operating system
loads. By highlighting each service, you can see a description of its
properties, and make an informed decision on whether you need it or not.
To stop a
service from running, right click on it and select 'properties,' then stop it
and make the startup type 'disabled.' If the description indicates that services
which depend on the service you are currently examining will fail if it is
disabled, you can go to the 'dependencies' tab to see which services will be
luck, and use common sense. See our tip below on using hardware profiles if you
would like to experiment with disabling services on a large scale.