Speed up windows?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Kaila Yu, Jun 19, 2002.

  1. Kaila Yu

    Kaila Yu Guest

    I've been reinstalling Windows a lot, and its hard to make a GOOD installation. Tweaking everytime really sucks, especially when I do it on average every 3 weeks. Anyway, I reinstall because my Windows gets slower each day I work with it. It's only on an 8 gig partition too. Is there a quicker way to get my windows faster, or would I have to just do a full reinstall each time?
  2. shorty420

    shorty420 Guest

    Why are you formatting every 3 weeks?
    What do you do on your computer?

    I usually format about every 2 months but lately it's been jsut about every week because I've been having issues with my motherboard and OpenGl. Back on topic:

    What do you do on your computer?
  3. Kaila Yu

    Kaila Yu Guest

    I do what most people do. I download a LOT and I change themes a lot. I play a lot of games. I've done a defrag, but it doesn't help that much. My windows hasn't been running smoothly lately at all. If theres a quicker way to get things smoothly rather than reinstalling and tweaking (without ghosting) please let me know :D
  4. AyA

    AyA Guest

    defrag with 0&0 defrag pro
    use tweakign prog like customizer xp
  5. surge

    surge OSNN Senior Addict

    yep i got a quicker way to make it faste, use lindows if you can afford to :D lol ok only joking

    theres not much you can do to speed it up , eventualy if you are formatting and reinstalling that often, it will screw the HD up, i used to reinstall once a mounth defrag etc and now my hd is noisy
    when accessing data and it has slowed down since i got in 2 years ago its only a standard maxtor 15gb 5700 rpm.
  6. Steely

    Steely OSNN Addict

    Wolverhampton, United kingdom
    I lot of people think you should go with the XP defaults, as opposed to tweaking/optimising it. I've just finished my XP image, tweaked to high heaven and heavily customised and it is running considerably faster than the 'factory defaults'.

    It's taken a weeks to get it to this stage, but I have a far more stable platform to work on, so the work has been worth it.

    For the tweakers out there, check out www.xptuneup.com it has to be one of the biggest resources on the net for XP.
  7. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    I just did a fresh install, after having some performace issues with a controller card, seems ok now :).. but still lots to install :(. To your point.. try TweakXP, you can fiddle with lots of normally hidden options, its abit like TweakUI by M$, but with lots more. Just make sure you do a Restore point before you go changing things, as I found it can really bugga ya setup if not.

    Theres a d/l link on the utilities/tweaks page on xp-erience.org
  8. Static 99

    Static 99 Guest

    Try this little free tool: NTREGOPT - Registry Optimization for Windows NT/2000/XP


    Similar to Windows 9x/Me, the registry files in an NT-based system
    can become fragmented over time, occupying more space on your hard
    disk than necessary and decreasing overall performance. You should
    use the NTREGOPT utility regularly, but especially after installing
    or uninstalling a program, to minimize the size of the registry files
    and optimize registry access.
  9. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

    not all the advice on this site is right
  10. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york

    so far, the only thing that I see improving xp are the gui tweaks, for instance, the resart shortcuts, your access to files,and various control items...wich speeds your personal computing, but does not speed your copmputor...if you notice, on the "my favorite tweaks" thread, I think the only tweaks left are gui adjustments.

    that's because the old tweaks that were valid on the 9x, have been addressed by mictosoft...ie, io page lock...is false on xp, static page file is not only false, but should eventually lead to performance hits. for anyone that actually uses the ram they have installed...Another of my pet peeves, is partitions...like it or not, and no matter how convienient you think they are, partitions definately suffer performance degradations on xp, proven and written about by ms, yet most experienced users feel some kind of need to partion...when you partition, xp is not as efficient in reading apps, plus, it doesn't tune your files to the optimum

    btw, as far as partitions, if you have multiple discs, partitions are of cource recomended, and also, if you only have a single disc and you must partition, put your apps on the same drive as the os...then there won't be a performance hit for your partition philosophy.

    otherwise, turning off the services YOU KNOW you don't use will speed your boot time, but will not speed your os...once the service is launched, it takes no juice, except when it's used by the user...so, obviously, if you're turning a service off that you don't know what it does, this could become a performance hit when your os does actually want the service...

    As far as your box slowing down, what exactly do you meen? Xp, by it's nature speeds up as you use it, due to it's self tuning design, it should be getting faster every third day! (xp tunes itself every third day).

    so, do you meen the boot is slower, or your actual computing is slower? actual computing, then I believe something is wrong with the apps you're installing, or you're changing more then the gui when you're tweaking....

    I've had my box for 8 mnths...not one reformat, this babies running faster then the brand new day I pushed the power

    ok, out of breath, last words,... look into which services you're turning off, you might need one or two, and don't mess with any os functions...just mess with gui stuff..you also should concider leaving your computor on for an hour or two when you're not using it, so it does tune itself...and of cource, update your drivers...good luck