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posted on: 12:58, February 22nd , 2009

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Click <i>Start</i>, point to <i>Programs</i>, click <i>Startup</i>, and then right-click each item in <i>Startup</i> and select <i>Delete</i>. Your <i>Startup</i> should be empty (See Pic.2)

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2. Clean hidden Startup (<i>Registry Editor</i>)Click <i>Start</i> and select <i>Run.</i>Type “regedit” (omit quotation marks) in the resulting window. Click <i>OK</i> button.<i>Registry Editor</i> window will open (Pic.3)

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Maximize <i>Registry Editor</i> window.Click plus sign next to <i>HKEY_CURRENT _USER</i>, plus sign next to <i>Software</i>, plus sign next to <i>Microsoft</i>, plus sign next to <i>Windows</i>, plus sign next to <i>CurrentVersion</i>, and click folder <i>Run</i> to highlight it (Pic.4)

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With <i>Run</i> folder highlighted on the left, take a look at the right part of the window (Pic.5).

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All items that you see start automatically whenever you start computer. Delete all unnecessary entries by right-clicking it, and selecting <i>Delete.</i>

<b>Note 1:</b> Removing items from the <i>Run</i> folder will not remove the corresponding program from your computer. It will simply prevent the program from loading automatically, and running in background, consuming valuable resources.

Now, repeat the same procedure for the Run folder under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (Pic.6):

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Browse to <i>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -&gt; Software -&gt; Microsoft -&gt; Windows -&gt; CurrentVersion -&gt; Run</i>. And delete everything that you don’t want to load automatically (see Note 1). As you see from Pic.6, I have a few items in <i>Run</i> folder. They represent Autoprotect services of my Norton Antivirus. You may have other antivirus/firewall applications loading trough <i>Run</i>. I wouldn’t recommend removing antivirus/firewall from Run folder. Everything else can (and should) go. Restart computer.

3. Remove useless programs (<i>Add or Remove Programs</i>)

Click <i>Start</i>, point to <i>Settings</i>, and click <i>Control Panel</i>.Double-click <i>Add or Remove Programs</i> icon (Pic.7)

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Scroll through the list of installed programs, and remove the once you don’t need (restart as needed).

<b>Note 2:</b> You may need a Windows XP installation disk for the following step.

Switch to the list of <i>Windows Components</i> by clicking <i>Add/Remove Windows Components</i> button on the left.Uncheck <i>Indexing Service</i>, <i>MSN Explorer</i>, and <i>Windows Messenger</i>. Click <i>Next</i> button to remove programs.Restart Computer.

4. Disable useless services (<i>Computer Management</i>/excessive GUI, etc.)

Right-click <i>My Computer</i> and select <i>Properties</i>

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Switch to <i>Advanced</i> tab, and click the first (under <i>Performance</i> subsection) <i>Settings</i> button.<i>Performance Options</i> window will open.Select <i>Adjust For Best Performance</i> option (Pic.9), and click <i>OK</i> button.

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Click <i>Error Reporting</i> button on the bottom, and turn off error reporting: uncheck <i>Windows operating system</i> and <i>Programs</i> boxes, and switching to <i>Disable error reporting </i>option (Pic.10). Click <i>OK</i> button.

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Now switch to <i>Remote</i> tab, and click <i>Advanced</i> button under <i>Remote Assistance</i> subsection (Pic.11)

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Uncheck <i>Allow this computer to be controlled remotely</i>, and click <i>OK</i> button.Uncheck <i>Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer</i>.Uncheck <i>Allow users to be connected remotely to this computer</i> (Pic.12).

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Switch to <i>Automatic Updates</i> tab, and check <i>Keep my computer up to date</i> option (Pic.13).Click <i>OK</i> button. Restart computer.

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<b>Note 3:</b> Set it to update at a time your computer will be turned on. This will ensure that your computer will always beup-to-date with the latest worm/security patches.

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Right-click <i>My Computer</i> and select <i>Manage</i>.<i>Computer Management</i> window will open (Pic.15).Maximize <i>Computer Management</i> window Click plus sign next to <i>Services and Applications</i>, click <i>Services</i>, and switch to <i>Standard</i> tab on the right (Pic.15).

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Change <i>Startup Type</i> for <i>Alerter</i> service by double-clicking <i>Alerter</i>, selecting <i>Disabled</i> from <i>Startup type</i> dropdown box, and clicking <i>OK</i> button (Pic.16).

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Now disable the following services using the same technique:

<i>Automatic Updates</i>
<i>Background Intelligent Transfer Service</i>
<i>Computer Browser</i> (if you have a standalone pc – no network)
<i>Error Reporting Service</i>
<i>Fast User Switching Compatibility</i>
<i>Help and Support</i> (switch to Manual)
<i>Indexing Service</i>
<i>NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing</i>
<i>Performance Logs and Alerts</i>
<i>QoS RSVP</i>
<i>Remote Desktop Help Session Manager</i>
<i>Remote Registry</i>
<i>Server </i>(if you have a standalone pc – no network)
<i>Upload Manager</i>
<i>Wireless Zero Configuration</i> (don’t disable if using wireless network/Internet connection)

Close <i>Computer Management</i> window.Restart computer.

5. Optimize Network Settings (<i>Local Area Connection</i> Properties)

Right-click <i>My Network Places</i> and click <i>Properties</i>.Right-click <i>Local Area Connection</i> and click <i>Properties</i>.Click <i>QoS Packet Scheduler</i>, and Click <i>Uninstall</i>
button (Pic.17)

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(ONLY!) if you have a standalone pc (no network), or just don’t feel like sharing anything (files, printers, etc.) with other network users, uninstall <i>Client for Microsoft Networks</i> and <i>File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks</i>. Answer <i>No</i> if asked to restart. Then double-click <i>Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)</i>, click <i>Advanced</i> button on the bottom, switch to <i>WINS</i> tab (Pic.18), and uncheck <i>Enable LMHOSTS lookup,</i> and select <i>Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP</i>. Click <i>OK</i> twice, and then click <i>Close</i>. Answer <i>Yes</i> to restart computer.

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<b>6. Disable <i>Windows Messenger</i> </b>
(Or remove it Microsoft way – click the following link for details <a href="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q302089">http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q302089</a>)

Open <i>Outlook Express</i> (<i>Start -&gt; Programs -&gt; Outlook Express</i>). If you see <i>Mail Account</i> setup or <i>Internet connection wizard</i>, cancel it. Main <i>Outlook Express</i> window will open (Pic.19)

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Click <i>Tools</i>, and select <i>Options</i> (Pic.19).Uncheck <i>Automatically log on to Windows Messenger</i> option (Pic.20).

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Click <i>OK</i> button.Close <i>Outlook Express</i>.Right-click <i>Taskbar</i>, and select <i>Task Manager</i> (Pic.21).

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Switch to <i>Processes</i> tab.Find <i>msmsgs.exe</i>, right-click it, and select <i>End Process</i>.Close <i>Windows Task Manager</i> window.

Double-click <i>My Computer</i>, double-click <i>C</i>-drive, and double-click <i>Program Files</i> folder.Find <i>Messenger</i> folder and rename it (Name it anything you want. I usually add “OFF_” at the beginning, so <i>Messenger</i> becomes <i>OFF_ Messenger</i>).

Double-click renamed <i>OFF_ Messenger</i> (or whatever you named it) folder (Pic.22).

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the same way you renamed <i>Messenger</i> folder.Close all windows.Restart computer twice.
7. Defragment hard drive (may take up to 30 minutes)

Click <i>Start</i>, select <i>Programs</i>, <i>Accessories</i>, <i>System Tools</i>, and click <i>Disk Defragmenter</i>.When <i>Disk Defragmenter</i> window opens, select a drive in the top portion of the window, and click <i>Defragment</i> button.

<b>8. (Optionally) disable <i>System Restore</i> (<u>Warning</u></b>)See <i>Windows Help and Support</i> (<i>Start -&gt; Help and Support</i>) on how to disable <i>System Restore</i>. <b>9. (Optionally) disable <i>Virtual Memory</i> (also called <i>Paging File</i>)</b>

Don’t disable <i>Virtual Memory</i> if any of the following is true:

You didn’t complete optimizations described above Computer has less than 512 MB of RAM (memory) Computer runs Mail, Database server or other resource-hungry applications in background Computer usually actively runs more than five (5) programs at once.

Note: Some programs may refuse to run without Paging File(e.g. <i>Adobe Photoshop</i>, some games). However, most of the casual applications (<i>MS Office, MS Works, Quake III, Unreal Tournament 2003</i> and almost everything else) will run just fine (well…, faster).It’s very easy to disable/enable <i>Virtual Memory</i>. Try both options, and determine the one that fits your personal preference.

See <i>Windows Help and Support</i> (<i>Start -&gt; Help and Support</i>) on how to disable <i>Virtual Memory</i>.Run <i>Disk Defragmenter</i> after disabling/enabling <i>Virtual Memory</i>.Restart computer.


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