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What to do to make Windows XP run 'lighter' on a computer?

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Hello,

I have Windows XP Home on my Netbook, and it does run well, but I want it to run a little better so if the software I want to run needs the extra power, it can use it.

I have heard people strip down windows XP/Vista, removing unnecessary programs that always run. Are there any guides on this, or can anyone explain to me how this can be done? I'd like to keep windows light as possible on my netbook.

If anyone needs to know the specs, here they are:

Acer AspireOne
1.60GHz Intel Atom N270
1GB DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM
Intel GMA950
160GB Harddrive.

I use this for extreme portability, which is the use of Internet, Windows Live Messenger, music and video playback.
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you can try the Windows xp gamer edition, on idle it uses about 100mb of RAM
and it doesent have IE and many other stuff you dont need
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www.blackviper.com is the best site for service tweaks in XP and vista!!
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Disable all system sounds.
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Originally Posted by die991 View Post
you can try the Windows xp gamer edition, on idle it uses about 100mb of RAM
and it doesent have IE and many other stuff you dont need
I never heard of that edition before, but I'd prefer to tweak windows XP myself with out worries of full reinstallation. Thanks though.

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Originally Posted by 1337guy View Post
www.blackviper.com is the best site for service tweaks in XP and vista!!
I'll check it out then, which probably would be great help with Vista even, (When I upgrade my Dell laptop.)

Thanks!
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post #6 of 11
Here is another link to a good guide: clicky here
and here as well: click me
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post #7 of 11
http://www.tweakxp.com/ works very well.
post #8 of 11
Windows Gamer Edition is basically a pirated form of XP with stripped add-ins and software. Please don't pirate.

As for XP, you could try upgrading your RAM in there, I see it only has 1GB. Shop around newegg for laptop RAM and then (if you decide to buy) see if that helps you in any case.

You could get a bigger hard drive too, but, you said you wanted to stay away from reinstalling Windows.
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post #9 of 11
Use nLite and create your own slipstreamed install disk :]
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Originally Posted by 1337guy View Post
www.blackviper.com is the best site for service tweaks in XP and vista!!
yeah I agree, this is the first place you should start.
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