Sunday, December 20, 2009

Making Windows Faster - 6

Defragment your Pagefile
eeping your pagefile defragmented can provide a major performance boost. One of the best ways of doing this is to creat a separate partition on your hard drive just for your page file, so that it doesn't get impacted by normal disk usage. Another way of keeping your pagefile defragmented is to run PageDefrag. This cool little app can be used to defrag your pagefile, and can also be set to defrag the pagefile everytime your PC starts.

To install:

* Download and Run PageDefrag
* Tick "Defrag at next Reboot",
* Click "Ok"
* Reboot

Speedup folder access

If you have a lot of folders and subdirectories on your computer, when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt.

* Go to Start and then Run and type "regedit"
* Click through the file system until you get to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Cur rentControlSet\Control\FileSys tem"
* Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select 'DWORD Value'
* Create a new DWORD Value called 'NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate'
* Then Right click on the new value and select 'Modify'
* Change the Value Data to '1'
* Click 'OK'


DISABLE SYSTEM SOUNDS

Surprisingly, the beeps that your computer makes for various system sounds can slow it down, particularly at startup and shut-down. To fix this turn off the system sounds:

* Open Control Panel
* Click Sounds and Audio Devices
* Check Place volume icon in taskbar
* Click Sounds Tab
* Choose "No Sounds" for the Sound Scheme
* Click "No"
* Click "Apply"
* Click "OK"



IMPROVE BOOT TIMES

A great new feature in M'zoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.

* Go to Start Menu and Click Run
* Type in "Regedit" then click ok
* Find "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\M icrosoft\Dfrg\BootOpt imizeFunction"
* Select "Enable" from the list on the right
* Right on it and select "Modify"
* Change the value to "Y to enable"
* Reboot



IMPROVE SWAPFILE PERFORMANCE

If you have more than 256MB of RAM this tweak will considerably improve your performance. It basically makes sure that your PC uses every last drop of memory (faster than swap file) before it starts using the swap file.

* Go to Start then Run
* Type "msconfig.exe" then ok
* Click on the System.ini tab
* Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the plus sign
* Click on new then in the blank box type"ConservativeSwapfileUsage =1"
* Click OK
* Restart PC



MAKE YOUR MENUS LOAD FASTER

This is one of my favourite tweaks as it makes a huge difference to how fast your machine will 'feel'. What this tweak does is remove the slight delay between clicking on a menu and XP displaying the menu.

* Go to Start then Run
* Type 'Regedit' then click 'Ok'
* Find "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\"
* Select "MenuShowDelay"
* Right click and select "Modify'
* Reduce the number to around "100"




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