2394Re: [WinXPPro] My XP optimization tips (feel free to add or comment)
- Jan 12, 2014Hi Charles - Thank you for this post. It is truly excellent. It is so good in fact that I am sending it to all our Window groups.
Which reminds me: if you are an expert computer user like Charles and if you take some time to construct a post like this one, please feel free to send it to all our Windows sister groups:
"Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing." --Voltaire (1694-1778)
On Sat, 1/11/14, Charles Carroll <911@...> wrote:
Subject: [WinXPPro] My XP optimization tips (feel free to add or comment)
To: "Windows_XP_Professional@yahoogroups.com" <Windows_XP_Professional@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014, 6:09 AM
Sent about 12 hours speeding up my Mom's old XP system because it had
gotten very slow. Here is the definitive guide (and almost all these
suggestions are Win7/win 8 / vista ready) to what I did some of you
may have great suggestions or corrections here is the list:
(of course I first just removed lots of programs casual users
grandkids, me, her other children put on that have not been used in
forever, drivers for 3 different printers and their companion programs
she does not have anymore, etc.)
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html is the ULTIMATE SURVEY TOOL
to see what your system has hardware and software wise and print it
out. Free and does an amazing report including License keys, installed
service packs, every piece of hardware and motherboard revision #s,
etc. A printout from this will answer any techie's question about what
is on your system. And will help you know what drivers you do need
based on your current hardware.
Note: Speccy http://www.piriform.com/speccy is somewhat better in
terms of hardware discovery. For instance, a video card that Belarc
will show as a generic VGA card will be much better detailed by
Speccy. Belarc, however will doa great job with applications and
http://www.blackviper.com/ BlackViper is your must have reference to
know what Windows Services are started and don't need to be (i.e.
Services.msc issues). This option is time consuming, consider just
steps 3, 4, 5, 8 first they may speed things up enough that you don't
have to do this even though eliminating unneeded services speeds up
PCs even further.
#3 (if on XP)
http://www.litepc.com/xplite.html is THE TOOL to remove tons of
uneeded stuff that windows XP itself will never let you remove and to
do so in a very easy way. First thing I do after installing it is
apply the SHRINK option it reclaims a lot of disk space and eliminates
a lot of unneeded update rollback info, orphaned temp files, etc.
Tip use half as many colors as usual i.e. if your Graphics card can do
32 million colors, set it to use 16 million instead. Half as much work
redrawing the screen. Right click on display properties provided that
TIP If your system has 2 to 4 Gigs of RAM turn off 'swapping to disk'
for memory just use straight memory. On control panel, SYSTEM,
if on XP make the system look great, turn on ClearType (on already in
Vista/Win7 most of the time). You will be shocked how much better text
looks on the machine.
Install Process Lasso YESTERDAY from http://bitsum.com/prolasso.php it
will help you make any system MUCH MUCH FASTER it allows you to
monitor who is hogging your computer's brain (CPU) and memory (RAM)
sooooo much better than any other tools, terminate programs instantly
that don't want to exit or take minutes or never exit when they hang,
etc. It also 'throttles' (i.e. slows down) any program that tries
tomonopolize your machine.
process lasso has many more features than Task Manager:
A. when a program tries to grab 100% and takes over a machine PL keeps
a log of the programs that did so on the bottom of its screen. This is
helpful because when a program slows down a machine often machine is
sooooo slow Ctrl escape will not pull up Task Man and when it finally
comes up the offending program has calmed down and you cannot see who
was monopolizing the machine a few minutes ago.
B. When a program tries to tab 100% PL throttles it i.e. slows it down
and gives it less CPU time so it can grab 100% of the CPU. PL is an
active tool unlike TaskMan that observes but cannot slow down a greedy
C. When a program hangs FoxPro, Explorer, whatever and quitting or
clicking on the X will not close it, Process Lasso has several right
click terminate options some of which can end the program in a second
when a stubborn program refuses to end.
D. It has many more useful columns of information about running
programs to see RAM consumed to spot RAM pigs, threads, average and
current % of CPU, etc.
http://pcdecrapifier.com/ is superb tool. It clears out a ton of
uneeded programs vendors throw on that clutter your computer and
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner Ccleaner can clean your registry
but it makes me super nervous as it does MS engineer to remove things
that may break software. But this seems to be the best at it.
Security I just removed everything but Microsoft Security Essentials.
In the past I have used AVG (very good free), Norton, Macafee, Spybot
Search and destroy (also very good), and AntiMalware Bytes but nasty
things slipped by any way on other's machine about twice a year or
anytime my machine got infected by a baddy I had to clean. NORTON in
particular slows down a machine so much I always remove it entirely
from a machine and use Microsoft Security Essentials which takes much
less machine resources to keep machine even safer. Process Lasso has
identified most scanners as CPU HOGs - windows security essentials is
When Bad things slip by or even if you suspect but are not sure your
machine is infected do THOROUGH BADDY CLEAN (see end of doc)
Internet Explorer and Firefox are memory hogs. IE more so than
fIreFox. On an old system or slow system switch to Chrome it will
perform much better on any system.
Glary Utilities is useful.
Revo uninstaller is amazing. It can remove things Add Remove Programs will not.
THOROUGH BADDY CLEAN. Clean a Windows Machine without Formatting it or
If Ransomware or some baddy is taking over our MBR or Partition so you
cannot escape it, and cannot run safe mode, the ICE Ransomware being
one of many examples.....
use a empty USB stick and HitManPro (the free version will remove)
Reboot in Safe mode with networking by rebooting and holding down F8
key. None of this will permanently fix your computer unless you are in
SAFE MODE w/ NETWORKING
1. Download RKill and run it
2. Download ComboFix from BleepingComputer.org and run it
3. Download SmitFraudFix and run it
4. Download AntiMalwareBytes to catch everything those did not
I can clean any machine no matter how badly infected with these tools
in safe mode. Will keep recurring if attempted in Normal Mode. Safe
mode is the key.
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