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  January 17, 2018 

            Speed-Up your Windows XP

Remember when your PC with Windows XP ran fast and snappy?  Now it runs slow and sluggish, programs take ages to open and it's just not fun any more.  Do you need to buy a new PC?  Upgrade to Vista?  Upgrade to Windows 7?  Buy new Windows licenses?  Lose your favorite applications?  NO!!!  You can fix your slow Windows XP for FREE in 5 easy steps!!!  This web page is a community service to help you make your Windows XP PC run "as new" with practical and easy-to-follow advice about how to repair your slow Windows XP PC by fixing any Windows XP performance problems.

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How do I get my Slow Windows XP PC running "as new"?

1.  Remove any viruses, spyware and malware - by running two simple and well-known free programs!
2.  Remove any "garbage" on your computer - using two Windows' built-in tools
3.  Do systems maintenance to fix "wear & tear" on your computer - run 3 free programs ...
4.  Change some Windows XP settings for optimized operation - basic and advanced
5.  Do the above maintenance regularly - easy!
Bookmark this! 6.  Read XP Books and Guides to learn the secrets of getting the best performance out of Windows XP.

FAST-TRACK:  Remove the speed-zapping Malware and Registry "gunk" quickly and easily from your PC!

If you need fast relief of your Windows XP speed and reliability problems and don't have time for system maintenance described above, follow these two easy steps: 
1. Scan your PC with
2. Download and run
These two programs will immediately speed-up and stabilize your Windows XP - do the other steps on this page later.

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Step 1: Remove all Viruses and other Malware from your Windows PC: Run two free Windows XP Anti-Virus/Spyware programs

  • One of the most reliable and popular virus checkers is the free AVG; it does not slow down your PC.  Uninstall any other AntiVirus software first, then download and install the latest AVG version (go to "Site Map" at the bottom of the page, then "AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition").  Make sure you enable automatic updating.
  • There are also many Malware/Spyware Checkers, but the new versions of AVG include this function.
  • As a commercial-strength product, we also recommend AntiVirus Pro.  Run both programs repeatedly until they show no more infections.
Bookmark this! Why?  PC viruses and malware are dangerous and slow down you computer.

Step 2: Remove any "Garbage" on your Windows XP PC: Run two free Windows XP Clean-up programs ...

  • Delete unnecessary files: Go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories ->  System Tools and run "Disk Cleanup", check all boxes but not "Compress Files", unless you want to increase your disk space.  After a while you will get a list of the files to be deleted; click "OK".
  • Move older files into an archive: DropBox offers up to 18Gb Free "Cloud" Storage!
  • Delete unnecessary programs: Go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel and run "Add or Remove Programs".  Carefully remove any programs you don't want on your PC.  Leave all Windows programs and patches alone.
Bookmark this! Why?  Any "garbage" slows down your PC!

Step  3: Do maintenance to fix "wear & tear" on your computer: Run three free programs ...

  • Check and fix your hard disk: Go to Start -> Run..., then type in "cmd", then type in "chkdsk".  The PC will either run the disk check immediately or when the PC is next rebooted.
  • Fix registry problems (and delete more unnecessary files) with the free www.CCleaner.com.  Download, install (unclicking the Yahoo Toolbar option) and run both CCleaner functions: "Cleaner" and "Registry".  The "Registry" option will search for problem entries in the registry - mostly broken links.  Scan first, then Fix.  The program will ask if you want to save a backup before fixing - choose "yes" so you'll be able to put things back the way they were if necessary.  If you prefer a commercial product, we recommend the RegCure Advanced Registry Cleaner or Registry Easy Clean & Repair.
  • Defragment your Registry with the free Registry Defrag utility from Auslogics.  This program cleans and compacts the registry; your PC will reboot after the program has compacted the Registry and the program will show the size reduction.
  • Defragment your hard disk: Go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools and run "Disk Defragmenter".  To efficiently defragment your hard drive you need to have a minimum of 15% free disk space, but 25% or more is better.  The first time you run this, it can take several hours to complete.  Re-run until no more fragmented files are reported.
Bookmark this! Why?  To run "like new", your PC needs regular maintenance just like a car!   Get your spare copy of Windows XP Professional before it is taken off the market - Best price here!  

Step 4: Optimise Windows XP settings for faster operation

  • Unnecessary programs running on your PC can very much decrease performance.  You can see some of these programs as small icons in the System Tray next to the clock, the volume control and - for laptops - the battery meter.  These additional and mostly unneeded  programs use up your memory and processing power.  You don't need CD burning, video settings, printer management, instant messaging and similar programs to run continuously.  Rather than these program starting automatically when you boot up your PC, start the programs when you need them - your PC will run faster and respond more “snappily”!  To stop unnecessary programs from starting at boot-up: Go to Start -> Run..., then type in "msconfig", click "GO" then go to the "Startup" tab.  All the programs you see listed are not part of standard Windows XP.  Your goal is to remove as many of the programs as possible.  Un-check any program listed that you don't need and re-boot.  If you are missing an add-on function that is important to you, just go back and re-enable the program...  After you reboot, you will see a message saying the configuration utility was edited - mark the check box at the bottom and continue.
  • Choose simpler and faster display style: Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Performance -> Settings -> Visual Effects -> Adjust for best performance
  • Fix page-file size:  Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Performance -> Settings -> Advanced -> Virtual Memory -> Change -> Custom Size and set the Initial Size and Maximum size to 1500.
  • Tune the Prefetch Queue
  • Disable check-points
Bookmark this! Why?  For best performance, PCs need tuning like any other equipment, eg car, etc.

Step 5: Set up an automatic maintenance schedule

  • Update and run the Virus/Malware checker as described in Step 1
  • Delete unnecessary files as described in Step 2  (You can also check if some unwanted programs have been installed...)
  • Defrag Registry and hard disk as described in Step 3
  • Check defragmentation - Systernals.com
Bookmark this! Why?  Windows XP performance continually deteriorates with use and time, so the above must be run regularly = weekly!

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