Tag Archives: Windows XP

Setting for Best Performance

Here is a quick little tweak you can do to both Windows Vista and XP that will automatically set your PC to run at its best performance.

The trouble with Vista is that it is so full of graphics and animations that it effects the performance of your PC, so if you are someone who doesn’t care about the looks of something but just want performance, then this tweak is for you.

Just follow these pointers and you will have your PC running at its best performance;

Windows Vista

  • Go to control panel
  • Click system
  • Click advanced system settings
  • Click the advanced tab
  • Under performance click settings
  • Check on best performance
  • Click apply and OK

Windows XP

  • Right click on my computer
  • Click properties
  • Click the advanced tab
  • Click settings under performance
  • Check adjust for best performance
  • Click apply and OK

Speed Up Windows XP Shutdown With Paging Files

The paging files in Windows XP are there to basically store your temporary files and data, and in XP these files are cleared everytime you shut down. So whenever you shutdown XP it takes time first to clear the paging files, and this can take time.

If you have information that is secure or you don’t want anyone else to see then I recommend you keep XP clearing the paging files, but if you don’t really care then you can get faster shutdown speeds by stopping XP from clearing the paging files.

To stop XP from clearing the paging files you need to do this registry edit;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

  • Now you need to find this – ClearPageFileAtShutdown
  • Double click on it
  • Set the value data to 0
  • Restart your PC

Disable Notification Balloons in Windows XP

Notification balloons are those annoying things popping up in a balloon that tells you basic stuff about the OS, so unless you are one of the few that actually enjoys the balloons you may want to get rid of them.

  • Open regedit
  • Navigate to this location
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • In the right pane right click and select new DWORD
  • Set the name as EnableBalloonTips
  • Keep the value data set at 0
  • Done
  • You will need to restart your PC to see it take effect

Disable Last Access Timestamp in Windows XP

In Windows XP whenever your PC reads a file it marks that file with times and dates when you accessed it last. Now if you often check back at these data for any reason than you should keep Last Access Timestamp enabled, but if you don’t then you can disable it.

By disabling it you will stop XP from marking everyfile with a timestamp and cluttering things up, I have given two options here to which disable your Last Access Timestamp.

Command Prompt

  • Open your cmd
  • Enter the following command
    • FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 1
  • Reboot your computer
  • To turn Last Access Timestamp back on just put this command back into your cmd
    • FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 0

Registry Edit

  • Open your registry editor
  • Navigate to this location
    • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
  • Add a new DWORD
    • NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate
  • Set the value to 1
  • Set the value to 0 if you want to enable it again

Mouse Sonar

For some reason I have never heard of this cool feature before (as we all know there are thousands of unknown features in windows!), it allows you to basically ‘find’ your mouse pointer if you have lost it.

It can be useful for people with impaired vision of other problems locating their mouse pointer, and it is so simple to activate.

  • Open your control panel
  • Navigate to mouse section
    • XP is just control panel/mouse
    • Vista is control panel/hardware and sound/mouse
  • Click the pointer options tab
  • Check show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key
  • Apply and OK
  • You will find now that when you press the CTRL button a big circle shows around your mouse pointer making it simple to find.

Install a Font in Windows XP

I have received a few emails from frustrated uses that are having trouble installing fonts on their Windows XP computers, well I can say font installation is quite simple and should take only a minute or two.

Just follow these points to install a font on Windows XP;

  • Download your new font (usually in a true type or open type format)
  • Now open your fonts section from your control panel
  • Select install new font from your file menu
  • Find the font you have installed in the add fonts box
  • Click OK, done

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Speed Up Windows XP Shutdown Time

If you ever get frustrated waiting for your XP machine to shutdown (I just walk away), then you can perform this tweak that will speed up the shutdown time.

Just follow these dot points to speed up your shutdown time, but this is a registry edit so remember to backup your registry before performing any tweaks.

  • Open regedit
  • Navigate to this location
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  • Create these new DWORDS and set the value to this number
    • AutoEndTasks=1
    • HungAppTimeout=4000
    • WaitToKillAppTimeout=4000
    • WaitToKillServiceTimeout=4000
  • You should find that your XP shutdown speed will be faster

Stop System Beeps

Do you get annoyed sometimes with all the beeps your computer makes? Well there is a quick registry tweak you can perform that will stop all your system beeps.

Remember to backup your registry before doing any edits!

  • Open regedit
  • Go to this location;
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound
  • Click on the key beep
  • Set the value to No
  • Close and done