Make Your Computer Run Faster

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Before we start, I’d like you to backup your system. To do this simply click on the ” start ” button then follow this path : All Programs>Accessories>System Tools> System Restore and click on the ” create a restore point “, there you go your system’s backed up. Now, let’s get down to business.

Speed up your computer’s boot-up (startup)

Click on the “start” button and then the “Run…” button. In the field type in “regedit” ( without the quotations ). You’ll see your computer’s registry open. Then, follow this path : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControl Set>Control>ContentIndex. Once you’ve highlighted the ” ContentIndex ” folder change the Decimal value of the Startupdelay key to 40000 and restart the PC. You should notice a bootup that takes less time.

Increase your Virtual Memory

***NOTE*** : This tip is for users who have 1GB ( 1024MB ) of RAM or LESS. Do not do this if you have more RAM.

On your desktop, right click on the My Computer icon, then follow this path : Advanced>Settings (the one under Performance)>Advanced>Change (under Virtual Memory).

The initial size and the maximum size should be the same. So for example if you have 1GB of RAM, 1024MB, you multiply this by 1.5, which gives you 1536MB. So put in 1536MB in the initial size and maximum size.

Increase start menu speed

Click on the “start” button and then the “Run…” button. In the field type in “regedit” ( without the quotations ). You’ll see your computer’s registry open. Then, follow this path : HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Control Panel>Desktop. Once you’ve highlighted the Desktop folder scroll down to the right and find a string called ” MenuShowDelay”, double click it and change its value to 0.

Increase shutdown speed

Click on the “start” button and then the “Run…” button. In the field type in “regedit” ( without the quotations ). You’ll see your computer’s registry open. Then, follow this path : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControl Set>Control. Once you’re there scroll down on the right and select the “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” string and change its value to less then 1000, I put mine to 200.

Please note that these tips only work for Windows XP.

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