Hello I have a windows xp a hp compaq nx6325 and i cannot upgrade laptop or os but i can get software. i want to make windows xp better like the newer os, but how?
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asked Apr 18 '12 at 13:45
Create a system restore point first
Download codestuff starter http://www.snapfiles.com/get/starter.html
then consider the use of the system, if it is an older system, and you don't use the LAN features such as shared folders, then you can significantly improve the startup speed and free memory at startup which leads to a snappier experience as there will be less pagefile use, and if you happen to open a very large program, you wont have the issue of when you close a large program, the hard drive activity doesnt stop for like 40 seconds as it moves items from page file, back into memory
A good startup setting to experiment with is disabling every startup service except your antivirus, wireless card related software and these services
DCOM server process launcher
Plug and Play
Remote access connection manager
Remote procedure call(RPC)
System restore service
Windows Management instrumentation
Remote access auto connection manager
Remote procedure call(RPC) locator
Wireless Zero Config
You can also take it further and use a program such as autoruns and disable more lower level items in the startup and cut back further on the resource use.
(I still use XP as my main OS and use a combination of starter, regedit and autoruns to get my memory usage at startup down to 40MB of RAM, it boots in about 14 seconds without an SSD and is extremely snappy
especially on my system that has a Phenom II x4 965 overclocked to 3.85GHz (32 bit OS so it can only see 3328MB of RAM) using a 1TB 7200RPM WD black drive, which offers very fast performance on an OS designed at a time where hard drives only did 20-30MB/s and had really poor IOPS
I dual boot windows XP and windows 7 and regularly use both (dx 10/11 only games will not run on XP) with the frequent use of both, it is easy to feel the speed difference in both when it comes to IOPS related tasks within the OS