Thursday, 7 August 2008

Speed Up Computer (Win XP), Part5


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 :

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


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 :

  1. Go to Start then RunType "Regedit" then click Ok
  2. Find "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ Select --> "MenuShowDelay"
  3. Right click and select "Modify"
  4. Reduce the number to around "100" This is the delay time before a menu is opened
  5. You can set it to "0" but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them - well move your mouse over them anyway. I tend to go for anywhere between 50-150 depending on you decide


This little tweak tends to work for most programs. If your program doesn’t load properly just undo the change. For any program :

  1. Right-click on the icon "shortcut" you use to launch the program
  2. Select propertiesIn the 'target' box, add '/prefetch:1' at the end of the line
  3. Click "Ok"
  4. your programs will now load faster.

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