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
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
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
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 126.96.36.199 and a default subnet mask. The other
computers on my office network each use a different IP address in
the same class, such as 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 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
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mcft\Windows\
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
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
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
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.
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
2. Click the Remote Tab.
3. Clear both check boxes to disable Remote Assistance and Remote
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
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 !!