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    [TuT] Making XP Starts Way Faster Than Ever !! (Part II)

    Well,Hey there guys !! Hope you are all Doing fine out there !! Sorry for not posting the second part the next day but its that I got very busy @ work & did not have any free time to post new topics !! Anyway,here is the second part goes with more Tips,Tweaks & Walk throughs to get Ur XP way faster !!

    Speed Tips and Tricks for Windows XP Startup :

    Aside from startup programs, serconnectiones, and the Prefetch folder,
    there are a number of other startup procedures and issues you can
    modify to help Windows XP start faster. The following sections
    explore those tips and tricks.



    1. Manual IP Addressing on Small Office/Home Networks :

    Windows XP is configured to help you take care of networking. It
    uses the TCP/IP protocol for networking in workgroups, or what you
    might call small office or home networks that do not use a dedicated
    server.

    The problem is that automatic IP addressing can be slow. When your
    computer boots, it has to query the network to see what IP addresses
    are already in use and then assign itself one. If you want to speed
    up the boot time a bit, consider manually assigning IP addresses to
    all computers on the network. This way, the network computers do not
    have to worry about locating an automatic IP address. Because one is
    manually configured, the operating system doesn't have to spend time
    solving this problem.

    This isn't a networking book, however, so I won't delve into the
    implications of using a manual IP address, but if you are using a
    computer that functions as a host computer to the Internet (using
    Internet Connection Sharing [ICS]), you can get into connectivity
    problems if you change the configuration of the IP address. However,
    you can still work around this problem by starting with the ICS host
    computer.

    Select Start/Connect To/Show All Connections. Right-click your
    network adapter card and click Properties. On the General tab,
    select TCP/IP in the list of serconnectiones and click the Properties
    button.

    In the TCP/IP properties, you can see if you use an automatic or
    manual IP address. In the example in Figure 4-5, I have configured a
    manual IP address of 90.0.0.1 and a default subnet mask. The other
    computers on my office network each use a different IP address in
    the same class, such as 90.0.0.2, 90.0.0.3, 90.0.0.4, and so on.
    This way, each computer has a permanent IP address, which helps
    increase boot time. Note that if you change the IP addresses of your
    computers, they must all use the same subnet mask. A default subject
    mask of 255.255.255.0 will keep you in good shape.

    Make sure you understand the implications of changing IP addresses
    on your network. If you have no networking experience at all, you
    may be wiser to leave the automatic IP addressing as is and try to
    gain some speed using the additional suggestions in this chapter.


    2. Disabling Recent Documents History :

    Windows XP includes a feature that keeps track of all recent
    documents you have opened or used. The idea is that you can select
    Start/Recent Documents History and quickly reopen any document you
    have recently used. I use many documents each day and never use the
    feature myself. In my opinion, I can keep up with what I want to use
    without Windows XP doing it for me.

    The bad thing about Recent Documents History is that Windows XP has
    to calculate what should be put there each time you boot Windows,
    which can slow things down. So, if you never use the Recent
    Documents History, it's a good idea to disable it. Here's how:

    1. Open the Registry Editor (select Start/Run, type regedit, and
    click OK).
    2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mcft\Windows\
    CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
    3. Create a NoRecentDocsHistory D_WORD key. Double-click the value
    to open it once it is created.
    4. Set the Data Value to 1 to enable the restriction.
    5. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. You'll need to restart
    the computer for the change to take effect.


    3. Disabling the Boot Logo :

    You can remove the boot logo that appears when you start Windows XP.
    This little tweak probably shaves only a few seconds off your boot
    time but seconds count if you are serious about trying to get
    Windows XP up and running as quickly as possible. The only negative
    is that if you remove the boot logo, you will also not see any boot
    messages, such as check disk. (But if you are not having problems
    with your computer, this isn't such a big deal.)

    To remove the boot logo, follow these steps:

    1. Select Start/Run, type msconfig, and click OK.
    2. In the System Configuration Utility, click the BOOT.INI tab.
    3. On the BOOT.INI tab, click the NOGUIBOOT check box option. Click
    OK.


    4. Removing Unwanted Fonts :

    One trick that increases your boot time a bit is to lose any fonts
    in the Fonts folder in Control Panel that you never use. The more
    fonts you have, the more processing Windows XP has to do to prep all
    of those fonts for use. You must be a bit careful here to not remove
    fonts that you might want, but there is a good chance that you can
    live without many of them. For instance, you may have foreign
    language fonts and other symbol fonts (such as Wingdings) that you
    never use.

    To delete unneeded fonts, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Fonts folder in Control Panel.
    2. Select Edit/Select All and then Edit/Copy.
    3. Create a new folder on your desktop, open it, and select
    Edit/Paste.
    4. In this new folder, delete any of the fonts you do not want.
    5. Return to the Fonts folder in Control Panel. Right-click the
    selected fonts and click Delete.
    6. Go back to your new desktop folder and click Edit/Select All.
    7. Return to your Fonts folder and click Edit/Paste. You now have
    only the desired fonts in the Fonts folder.


    Related Tip :


    You can directly delete fonts from the Fonts folder without creating
    the secondary folder. However, I recommend the preceding steps to
    help ensure that you do not make a mistake in the deletion process.


    5. Stopping Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Sharing :


    In Windows XP Professional, you have two remote networking features
    called Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Sharing. These remote
    networking features are very helpful in a variety of situations but
    if you don't use them, it is good idea to disable them to save boot
    time. You can always enable them later if you want to use them.

    Note:
    If you are interested in using Remote Desktop or Remote Assistance,
    see my book Windows XP for Power Users: Power Pack published by John
    Wiley & Sons.

    1. Open the Start menu, right-click My Computer, and choose
    Properties.
    2. Click the Remote Tab.
    3. Clear both check boxes to disable Remote Assistance and Remote
    Desktop.


    6. Speeding Up the Dual-Boot Timeout :

    If you dual-boot your computer with Windows XP and another operating
    system, you see an operating system selection menu on startup. If
    you typically boot into Windows XP and not the other operating
    system, you can speed up the dual-boot timeout value so that you do
    not wait so long for the boot process to select your default
    operating system and continue with the boot process. The default
    timeout value is 30 seconds but you can change this setting to 10.
    This gives you enough time to select the alternate operating system
    if you want but also speeds up the boot process. You can skip this
    section if you do not use a dual-boot configuration.

    Follow these steps:
    1. Locate the boot.ini file on your computer. It is a hidden file by
    default; mine is located in C:\boot.ini.
    2. Open the file with Notepad (which is what opens it by default).
    3. Change the Timeout value to 10 (see Figure 4-11).
    4. Select File/Save and close Notepad.


    7. Speeding Up Your PPPoE Connection :

    If you use a Point-to-Point Protocol connection over Ethernet
    (PPPoE), you may notice a delay in using the PPPoE connection after
    startup. By default, there is a 120 second delay but you can stop
    this behavior by manually configuring an IP address for the network
    adapter card. If you do not use a PPPoE connection, you can skip
    this section.

    1. Select Start/Connect to/Show All Connections.
    2. Open the TCP/IP properties for your LAN network interface card.
    3. Manually set the IP address on the TCP/IP properties to an
    appropriate IP address and subnet mask for your network.


    8. Reducing the Wait Time :

    When you start to shut down Windows XP, it has to quit, or "kill,"
    any live applications or processes that are currently running. So
    close all applications first. However, some applications and
    processes are always running in the background. You can reduce the
    amount of time that Windows XP waits for those applications and
    processes to close before Windows XP kills them. Edit three
    different Registry settings to change this:

    1. Open the Registry Editor.
    2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. Select
    WaitToKillAppTimeout and set the value to 1000.
    3. Select the HungAppTimeout value and set it to 1000 as well.
    4. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. Set the
    WaitToKillAppTimeout and set the value to 1000. Select the
    HungAppTimeout \newline value and set it to 1000 as well.
    5. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l.
    Select the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value and set it to 1000.
    6. Close the Registry Editor.


    Automatically Killing Tasks on Shutdown :

    You know the drill. You start to shut down the computer, you wait a
    few moments, and then you see a dialog box asking if you want to
    kill an application or serconnectione that is running. Instead of prompting
    you, you can make Windows XP take care of the kill task
    automatically. Here's how:

    1. Open the Registry Editor.
    2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
    3. Highlight the value AutoEndTasks and change the value to 1.
    4. Close the Registry Editor


    That's it Guys,Hope You really benefit from the 2 parts & NJoy your new faster OS !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reppy View Post
    5. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l.
    Select the WaitToKillSerconnectioneTimeout value and set it to 1000.
    6. Close the Registry Editor.
    I think you mean the WaitToKillServiceTimeout.

    Great tut reppy, i have changed some things and it works faster.

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    ok reppy, as i promised you here's a handful of extra XP performance tweaks

    avoid avi problem in windows explorer

    1. open regedit
    2. go to
    Code:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shellex\PropertyHandler
    3. delete the "default" value
    Code:
    {87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}
    4. restart the explorer.exe process (open task manager and kill it, winexplorer should come back automatically)

    faster ntfs disk access *

    go to start -> run... type

    Code:
    fsutil behavior set disable8dot3 1
    and press ENTER. do the same with

    Code:
    fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 1
    you'll notice a big speed boost for disk-intensive applications

    faster search

    open regedit, go to key

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState
    create a new REG_SZ value called Use Search Asst and set its value to no

    now search will be windows 2000 style

    faster shutdown *

    open regedit and go to

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    create the following

    * a DWORD value called DeleteRoamingCache, set it to 1
    * a REG_SZ called PowerDownAfterShutdown, set it to 1

    delete windows messenger

    start -> run... -> type

    Code:
    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
    and press ENTER

    don't page the kernel to disk to improve performance *

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
    create a DWORD called DisablePagingExecutive and set it to 1

    2% performance gain *

    if you know how much kbs of L2 (level two) cache your processor has you can set it here and prevent windows from polling it. microsoft has stated this can give you a 2% boost if set correctly

    same registry key as above... there should be a DWORD called SecondLevelDataCache: set its value to your amount of L2 cache in KBs (make sure you choose decimal type when modifying it). for example my processor has 512KB of Level 2 cache, so i set this value to 512 decimal.

    disable dr. watson *

    go to key

    Code:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
    and delete the AeDebug key in the left panel.

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    tips whose title has a * next to it need a reboot to become active.

    have fun XP users ;D
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    Improve Core System Performance (Windows NT/2000/XP)

    on systems with large amount of RAM this tweak can be enabled to force the core Windows system to be kept in memory and not paged to disk.

    Open your registry and find the value in the key below.

    Change the value to '1' enable the tweak and stop the core process from being paged, or set it to '0' for the default.

    Restart Windows for the change to take effect.



    Optimize the System Cache Size (Windows NT/2000/XP)

    This setting controls whether the system cache is optimized for a Desktop computer or network server. Network servers usually require more memory dedicated to file caching, while desktop computers require more memory for running software applications.

    Open your registry and find or create the key below.

    Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "LargeSystemCache" and set it according to the value data below.

    Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.



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    Thanks alot anon,zatoicchi & Rebound for the Extra Info guys,the two parts now are kinda Generous Tutorial for XP Speed & Performance Tweaks !! Keep it up guys
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    No problem, but your bug is not edited yet.

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    I told you guys before,its just a scientifical definition for running services

    anyway DONE !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reppy View Post
    its just a scientifical definition for running services
    we know, but that's how the key is named it and the tweak won't work otherwise
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    This really does work! Just be careful
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    It does work But sometimes it's hard to know what to disable and what not, since the explanations Windows gives you in the left side of the Service Manager are sometimes misleading, being along the lines of "disable this and I may not boot anymore" when it isn't true

    ServiceTuner 2007 can be specially helpful with this: it has a clean GUI where you can hover your cursor over a service, and see a non-biased description of what it does and what can happen if you disable it. You can then tick (or not) its checkbox, and in the end click the "Run" button, which will disable all ticked services.
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