The other day my computer slowed down to a crawl. It took like 60 seconds to start Firefox, and it 'hung' every time I opened a new page.
The PC took ages to start up, and even longer to shut down.
Times like these where you consider re-installing Windows and formatting the hard-drive. But I've done this too many times.
It takes too long to re-install, transfer the files, re-install the software, and update Windows.
Okay - the point of this post?
Well, since I found a few techniques to rapidly clean up the machine, speed it up and bring it back to life (without Windows re-install), I thought, why not share it with other Warriors?
Surely there are other dinosaurs like me who are still running XP? Maybe?
Oh well, here goes anyway - hopefully one or two people will benefit from it...
Instant speed boost step one:
Go to start menu, right click 'my computer', click 'properties'.
Click the 'advanced' tab. Then click the 'settings' button under the heading 'performance'.
Click the 'adjust for best performance' radio button, but, scroll to the bottom and re-select the 'use visual styles on windows and buttons', other wise the buttons will look plain and ugly.
Click apply, then ok. Then ok again in the properties box.
Look, it's already speeded up!
This is only the first part of speeding up your XP machine. There's another few steps.
However, I'm beginning to wonder if I should carry on, as there is *heaps* more to write. And I don't want to write it all out if no-one is interested .
If anyone wants me to carry on with this thread and the other steps, please post a reply.