Sunday, 3 August 2008

Speed Up Computer (Win XP), Part1


Indexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don’t search your computer often. To disable do the following :
  1. Go to Start --> Control Panel --> Double-click Add/Remove Programs
  2. Click the Add/Remove Window Components
  3. Uncheck the Indexing services
  4. Click Next


Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimise :

  1. Go to Start --> Control Panel --> Click System
  2. Click Advanced tab --> In the Performance tab click Settings
  3. Leave only the following ticked :
  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons


You may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly :

  1. Open My Computer --> Click on Tools menu --> Click on Folder Options
  2. Click on the View tab --> Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers in check box
  3. Click Apply --> Click Ok
  4. Reboot Your Computer

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