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I am running Windows XP Pro SP2 64bit, I was wondering if there is any little tweaks I could do to make things open alot faster? I have followed the "Ultimate XP tweakers guide". but it does not help speed.
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raid0 or a cheap ssd
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raid0 or a cheap ssd
this. How old is your install and what kinda drive are u using?
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An SSD (or RAMdisk), more and faser RAM.
    
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Yeah, its called i7
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Oh god. Those XP tweaks are rubbish.
    
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A new and improved L35 CPU running at 3500GHz oc to 5000 mhz 25000megs of ram, a MB that looks like a peice of glass and OS from a company named "gofast" hehehe,yeah I just woke up
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OC the CPU obviously. Lower RAM timings and short-stroking the HDD are the first 2 things that come to mind.

You could try using CCleaner as well. Especially if you've been lazy about house keeping. Then run a defrag. Same company makes a good program called Defraggler. Works pretty nicely.

Ummm... Set your pagefile to a fixed size. I set mine to 1.5x the amount of installed RAM. Personally, the best way to do this is to delete the pf by setting it to 0 (Zero), reboot, run CCleaner and defrag, then set the min and max to 1.5x your installed RAM. Reboot and your done. You can use Defraggler to see the results on a nifty little drive map.

By deleting the pf and defragging, you move the pf to the end of the partition and put all your software upfront and together.

Download and use Autoruns to see what kind of garbage is starting with Windows and running in the background, and what the pc is trying to start but no longer exists (uninstalled stuff). Do you have a crapload of icons in your system tray? Stop running all that stuff in the background, its hogging CPU cycles. Only run what you use all the time.

Lastly, use a low load anti-virus. I used to use AVG but it became a hog over the summer. Now I'm on Avast and I love it.
    
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OC the CPU obviously. Lower RAM timings and short-stroking the HDD are the first 2 things that come to mind.

You could try using CCleaner as well. Especially if you've been lazy about house keeping. Then run a defrag. Same company makes a good program called Defraggler. Works pretty nicely.

Ummm... Set your pagefile to a fixed size. I set mine to 1.5x the amount of installed RAM. Personally, the best way to do this is to delete the pf by setting it to 0 (Zero), reboot, run CCleaner and defrag, then set the min and max to 1.5x your installed RAM. Reboot and your done. You can use Defraggler to see the results on a nifty little drive map.

By deleting the pf and defragging, you move the pf to the end of the partition and put all your software upfront and together.

Download and use Autoruns to see what kind of garbage is starting with Windows and running in the background, and what the pc is trying to start but no longer exists (uninstalled stuff). Do you have a crapload of icons in your system tray? Stop running all that stuff in the background, its hogging CPU cycles. Only run what you use all the time.

Lastly, use a low load anti-virus. I used to use AVG but it became a hog over the summer. Now I'm on Avast and I love it.
What if I set my pagefile to 200mb so then the harddrive does not have to load much of the pagefile (I get about 60MB/s on my HDD (WD ST3500820AS)) I clean my temp/%temp% folders every week aswell as internet temp files, Also clean out my prefetch folder. I have been running this OS for 3 days now, I have 7 software's running in my sys tray: Windows Live Messenger, Malware Bytes Anti-malware, Winamp Agent, Speaker icon, Removable devices, Virtual clone drive & my sound card application. when idle I use about 320mb of my 4GB. I now only have 2 softwares starting on startup, my AV and my sound card application.

I will follow you're tips and I hope they will help. Thank you for not posting bogus like "Its called i7", some of us cannot afford i7.

Edit:- I have overclocked my CPU to 3.17Ghz from 2.6Ghz. and I am running Windows Classic theme.
    
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A new and improved L35 CPU running at 3500GHz oc to 5000 mhz 25000megs of ram, a MB that looks like a peice of glass and OS from a company named "gofast" hehehe,yeah I just woke up
right, you have to understand that I cannot buy all of this bogus hardware you are telling me about has I have no money and no income.

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Yeah, its called i7
read above. same for you to.

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Originally Posted by MR KROGOTH View Post
An SSD (or RAMdisk), more and faser RAM.
I have the best RAM I can get for my mobo (800Mhz) I cannot afford any hardware upgrades.


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this. How old is your install and what kinda drive are u using?
I have been using this OS for nearly 3days now.
I am using a SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.10 ST3500820AS 500GB

    
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