Even though Windows 7 is the most recent Windows OS version, statistics claim that Windows XP is still the most popular Microsoft OS in the whole world. Forget the experimental Vista OS and all the other earlier versions – with XP you may work effectively either at home or at the office. The special XP Home Edition is designed for home users who do not need to run heavyweight commercial applications like a web server. On the other hand XP Professional can be used to optimize your installation. The problem is that at the certain point your XP is not that fast as usual, so you need to utilize some Windows tweaks which may include registry entries, broadband settings etc. They will help you to speed up your PC, improve its performance and make it free from viruses, Trojans, spyware and other apps or unwanted software that may cause the slow-down issue.
Installing The Shield
Ok, the first thing you need to do is to install a firewall that helps with locking down the software entry points. It may also harm some basic browsing functions, so please be attentive when choosing firewall guard’s functions. It means few ports can be open like the port 80 which allow the web HTTP communication to happen, but the others should be locked unless they are needed by a legal program. A firewall can able to chunk all vacant ports and the Windows XP user needs to make a decision which ports are needed to be opened (although Windows XP Service Pack 2 contains an appropriate built-in firewall set by default). To install antivirus and/or antispyware software is the logical and inescapable part of abovementioned Windows XP tweaks. These programs easily terminate the malevolent pieces of software that harm your Windows XP performance.
Keeping Registry Clean
Now, after you’ve practiced the fundamental Windows XP tweaks, you need to give attention to other efficiency-based phases for your personal computer. In Windows XP as well as in any other Windows OS version registry is a centralized data structure that includes the use of store configuration data. The registry becomes packed within a short time and unfortunately grows slower to explore. If you want to remove the excess programs and/or applications that are not uninstalled properly on your computer, it may affect the registry and cause registry’s slow-down performance effect. There are lots of free and shareware programs available that can help you to clean up your Windows XP registry that are also known as registry cleaners, disk cleaners, registry repair products etc. Also remember it is dangerous to deal with registry clean up done with your own fingers – taking this into account, always try to back up your registry before making any changes.
Defragmenting PC Disks
One more important group of windows XP registry tweaks is to keep your hard drive defragmented. When application programs save different parts of files in different places on your hard drive, it becomes fragmented and this problem can be easily solved by abovementioned registry tweaks. If for instance Windows XP decides to save part of your file in different places on the hard drive in order to maximize available space, this indicates that entry time for that file will become slow. Some time later accumulate many fragmented files and generally become a mess and this will make your computer slow down greatly.