Speed up your windows xp computer Video #5

Speed up your windows xp computer Video #5

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Window Tune up Video #5 

File System Optimization”

We are going to look at some process we can stop to free up processor and memory. The first thing we are going to look at is last accessed time stamps for files. This process can use a lot of processor, creating time stamps of the last access time for all the files you currently have on your computer. Typically, it is safe to turn this off unless you use a back up software that requires you to use the time stamps for back up processes.

Go to your Start menu, and select Run.

Type in cmd and hit enter to bring up the DOS command prompt. We are going to type in the executable name.

Type in fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 1hit Enter

Last accessed time stamps is now turned off. If you need to turn these indexing files back on you would use the same command but change the 1 to 0. Click the X in the top right hand corner to close out of this window.

The next thing we are going to look at are fonts. Fonts are loaded up in memory each time you boot the computer up, it is not required that you have too many font files.

Click on your Start button select Control Panel and click to open the Fonts folder. The less fonts you have the faster your computer is going to be. Right click the font file and choose Open to view the font and see if you would use it or not. To delete a font, right click and choose Delete. If you are asked if you are sure select Yes. Do not delete all of your fonts. You do need some fonts to use in programs like Word or any of the Office products.

Now we are going to look at Add/Remove Programs. Your hard drive can become cluttered with programs you no longer use. There is an easy way to get rid of these.

Go to your Start Menu and choose Control Panel then select Add/Remove Programs. Here you will find a list of all the installed programs on the computer. To remove a program no loner is use, highlight the program you want to remove and select Remove. Select yes when you are asked if you are sure. Delete any programs you are not using.

One thing you need to be aware of when uninstalling programs. If any of the files are shared, you will be notified there are shared flies and it doesn’t appear that any other program uses them but, if another program does use them that program will no longer work. It is safer to say No do not remove the shared files when ask and you can remove those later. When you are done deleting unused programs close out of Add/Remove Programs and the Control Panel.

Next, we are going to turn off the Indexing Service. Indexing Service is used to list all the files for Windows for faster searching. From the Start menu open My Computer and right click the C: Drive and select Properties. On the bottom of the General tab remove the checkmark next to Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching. It is not recommended that you Compress drive to save disk space. Click Ok, choose Apply changes to C:\, subfolders and files, and select OK.

You may get an error telling you an error occurred applying attributes to the file, Access is Denied. Select Retry once and see if it will go a head and proceed if not, select Ignore All so you will not be prompted for every file. When the process is complete, (this may take a while) go ahead and restart your computer.

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