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Speed up my Windows XP Computer

Here are 3 really easy things you can do to speed up your PC:

Step 1

1. Right click on the My Computer icon on ether your desktop or start menu
2. Go to Properties » Advanced » Performance (Settings) » Visual Effects » Custom
3. Leave only the following ticked:
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Smooth edges of screen fonts
  • Use common tasks in folders
  • Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons
(Reverse if you wish to have these visual effects turned on again; also only do this to the visual effects you wish to have turned off, you can turn them all off, if you want)

Restart your computer

Step 2

1. Go to My computer » Right click on the C:\ drive » Properties » Tools » Error-checking and click Check Now
2. Tick the box that says Automatically fix file system errors, and the box that says Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, click Start
3. This can be done on any other hard disks, but C:\ is the main one

Restart your computer

Step 3


1. Go to My Control Panel » Add or Remove Programs
2. Here uninstall any programs that you never use. If you don’t know what a program is, research it, find out if it is necessary and if it is not uninstall it, as the more programs, generally the slower your computer will go.

Like these tips? Work really well? Why not get in touch with me, as I have a disk with another 12 (more advanced) tips for sale, which will increase your computer’s speed even more, and its only £2.50! Slow computer? What are you waiting for!

(All tips are down to personal preference, if you don’t like a tip – or part of a tip – just undo it!)

I have also posted this "Speed Up My PC" article on my Matt's blog (Matty Batty).

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Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 11th August 2009

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