These are few of the usual tweaks I perform for Windows XP. Currently, I’m using Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. Not all of these tips may work for everyone but is most effective to boost XP system performance.
Stop the unwanted Services:
(Either choose to completely disable or check manual) FTP Publishing (If you’re not into web publishing), Message Queuing, DLTC, IPSEC Policy, Remote Registry Agent, RIP Listener, WWW Publishing, Automatic Updates (Take care: If you don’t want the updates), Error Reporting, System Restore, Indexing, Internet Connection Firewall (Be careful: Only if not in use), Messenger, NVdia Driver Helper, Portable Media Serial Number, Task Scheduler
In System Properties:
You can disable Remote Connection, Automatic Updates, and System Restore to speed-up your PCs performance.
Change min and max to at least 2GB
Always Clean Prefetch and Temporary Files and history if unneeded
NTFS is the best considering its’ encryption, security, and I/O throttling capabilities. It also supports up to 2 terabytes HD capacity.
Windows 2000 Log-on for XP:
Go to Users, uncheck Welcome Screen and your done.
Remove the intrusive Windows components:
Go first to folder options and choose to show hidden and system files. Navigate to Windows and search for INF folder, then look for sysoc and open it with Notepad. Then go to Edit toolbar, press Replace, type Hide in the first blank space, and leave the second space blank. Save the file and voila! Now you’re done. You can now uninstall unnecessary windows components like Messenger, Outlook and many more.
Fast Boot Sequence:
Download and install bootvis, if you like you can set the windows theme appearance to best performance, or take out the wallpaper. You can also uncheck GUI-boot loading in MS-config.
Wireless Device Configuration:
It is best to leave Windows XP to install automatically drivers for your wireless devices for it will connect you to available wireless resources by default.
First enable Hibernation in Power icon in control panel if your system supports it. Then at log-off or shut down menu, press H or just the Shift button and you can now hibernate.