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Cat-tranz



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:00 pm    Post subject: Tweak XP Reply with quote

Disable Indexing Services

Indexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud, noisy and slow when functioning. 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, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following >

1. Go to Start
2. Click Settings
3. Click Control Panel
4. Double-click Add/Remove Programs
5. Click the Add/Remove Window Components
6. Uncheck the Indexing services
7. Click Next

Now Indexing Services are off

On one of my Computers i have two internal HDDs and one external HDD and i don't need Indexing services to find anything, As stated at Tweak XP . com > Here i find running internal and external HDDs disabling indexing is more efficient
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Cat-tranz



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Editing The Registry (note if your not comfortable within the Registry leave it, and if you do implement this edit do back up your Registry first)

Menu Speed Up

Start > Run > type regedit > OK > in Registry Editor open - HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop

Highlight the folder Desktop and in the lefthand pane look for MenuShowDelay then double click it, the Edit dialog box will open then enter 100 - default is 400 then click OK, close the registry and re-boot. The difference in speed is instant

For Windows XP Home / Pro & Vista all versions
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving the Page File

This is a debatable tweak some say its faster some say there is hardly any difference, my self i believe it to be an improvement within a systems structure.

Windows uses its page file as a temporary workspace, and if this workspace is to small Windows will run slowly the optimum size is about one and a half times of memory in your PC (Ram), so if you have 512MB of Ram your page file should be at least 768MB within C: and that's room you could use also Windows may work faster if the page file is on a different drive to Windows (a separate physical HDD).

To execute this (in Windows XP Home / Pro SP2. SP3)

Click the start button, right-click My Computer and select Properties from the menu. Go to the Advanced tab and click the Settings button under Performance. Select the Advanced tab in the next window and click the Change button under Virtual Memory, all drives and partitions can now be seen. Set drive C: to the minimum 2MB and maximum 50MB, a minimum page file should be left in place on the boot partition as It is used in various circumstances by the system, Memory/crash dumps being the most important. Choose the second drive/1st partition and enter its values as before on C:,or setting a minimum and maximum of the same value is reasoned to stop fragmentation, (500MB min and 500MB max) Note 500MB is used just as an example figure (reboot to initialise). You now have more room on your C: drive and your PC may work faster, i have the Page File set as above on two Computers.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Editing The Registry (note if your not comfortable within the Registry leave it, and if you do implement this edit do back up your Registry first)

Performance

Purpose - Performance, responsiveness,

Start > Run > type regedit > OK > in Registry Editor open - [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]

Set Values

"ForegroundLockTimeout"=dword:00000000
"HungAppTimeout"="4000"
"MenuShowDelay"="200"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="5000"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l]

Set Values

"WaitToKillServiceTimeout"="4000"

Note "MenuShowDelay" 0 is too fast the default is 400
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Editing The Registry (note if your not comfortable within the Registry leave it, and if you do implement this edit do back up your Registry first)

Set CPU Priority

Purpose - Performance

This setting gives a boost to priority of foreground applications. In very overly-simplified terms, what you see on the screen gets more attention from the CPU than what you can't.

Start > Run > type regedit > OK > in Registry Editor open - [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\PriorityControl]

Set Value "Win32PrioritySeparation"=dword:00000026
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some useful tweaks. Thanks Very Happy
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Cat-tranz



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you SoftStag Very Happy

Defragment your Pagefile

Keeping your pagefile defragmented can provide a major performance boost. One of the best ways of doing this is to create a separate partition on your hard drive just for your page file, so that it doesn't get impacted by normal disk usage. Another way of keeping your pagefile defragmented is to run PageDefrag. This cool little app (70kb) from Microsoft (works with XP) can be used to defrag your pagefile, and can also be set to defrag the pagefile everytime your PC starts.

Download > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426.aspx or you can run PageDefrag live from the site, please do read how to use at the site.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rename My Computer (just a custom tweak)

1) Go > Start > Run > Regedit
2) Registry Key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Data Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ [Expandable String Value] // Value Name: LocalizedString
3) Rename the value [LocalizedString] to [LocalizedString.old] Modify/Create the Value Name (LocalizedString)
4) Create a REG_EXPAND_SZ [Expandable String Value] and name it [LocalizedString]
5) Value Data for (LocalizedString) [%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%]
6) Exit Registry and Reboot
7) your finished !
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speedup Folder Browsing

You may have noticed that every time 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 every time you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly >

Open My Computer > Click on Tools menu > Click on Folder Options > Click on the View tab > Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box > Click Apply > Click OK > Reboot your computer.

Note - delays within the system can also be attributed to fragmentation, so do defrag your system (depending on use)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Optimise Your Page file

If you give your page file a fixed size it saves the operating system from needing to resize the page file.

Right click on My Computer and select Properties > Select the Advanced tab > Under Performance choose the Settings button > Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change > Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.

Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your own window title in IE

1) Go > Start > Run > Regedit

2) Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main Modify/Create the Value Name [Window Title] according to the Value Data > Data Type REG_SZ (String Value) // Value Name: Window Title Value Data: (Enter The Text Desired In Title Bar)

3) Exit Registry and Reboot

4) Thats it ! Razz
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