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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

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Meg Farr


What exactly you want to make Windows XP better? Speed, design, etc?

(Apr 18 '12 at 14:26) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

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

windows audio

DCOM server process launcher

DHCP client

Event log


Plug and Play

Protected storage

Remote access connection manager

Remote procedure call(RPC)

Print spooler

System restore service


Windows time

Windows Management instrumentation

Windows installer

Remote access auto connection manager

Remote procedure call(RPC) locator

Task Scheduler

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

answered Apr 18 '12 at 17:23

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edited Apr 18 '12 at 17:24

Did you just say disable the sound and the wireless?! Say what?!!

(Apr 18 '12 at 20:26) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

nope I said disable everything except those listed

I could list the ones to be disabled but that list will be twice as long

For most versions of windows, most of the services that are enabled by default are not needed, and unless you are beta testing the OS, you will probably never use all of them. if you understand what the different services do then based on what you specifically do on the computer, you can disable every service you do not use and in the process, save some system resources.

Microsoft tends to leave them all enabled so there wont be a support call associated with using a white list method of having the user pick which services they need, though this is at the cost of wasted RAM and CPU cycles. There are also potential security risks

The gist of it is the more potentially exploitable code you have runnijng, the less secure your system is, this will covered in pretty good detail on a number of security now podcast.

(Apr 18 '12 at 21:47) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image
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