Monday, October 23, 2006

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The "23 Ways To Speed WinXP Without Defrag" article is full of multiple Myths and bad information that will actually SLOW DOWN you system:

Task Scheduler Service DO NOT EVER DISABLE THIS! Doing so will disable Windows XP Prefetching and cripple your boot and application startup times.

Empty the Windows 'Prefetch' folder 150% wrong. That is not how Windows Prefetching works. Nothing is preloaded at startup, these files are there as a REFERENCE to optimally load applications to RAM. Only ONE Prefetch Trace file is Referenced at Windows startup = NTOSBOOT-B00DFAAD.P. The Prefetch folder is self cleaning at 128 entries and never should be cleaned. Unused prefetch files do nothing but take up a ridiculously small amount of disk space.

Optimize Your 'Pagefile' Just leave it at system managed.

Force Windows to unload DLLs - Myth, this does nothing in XP.

Speed up shutdown times - This is set to 0 by default. Setting this to 1 will cause Windows to take LONGER to shut down!
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