Tips & Tricks Speed ​​up Computer (Windows xp)

Here are tips on how to speed up or running our beloved windows.1. To reduce boot time and improve performance, do not use third-party defrag software, simply use the defragmenter that artificial devices (built-in) Windows, will not be much different. And also, you should use
Hard disk with the type of Ultra-133 or Serial ATA (SATA) with 8-MB buffer.

2. If RAM PC is less than 512 MB, it should be added the capacity of memory. It is relatively inexpensive and will help improve your system's performance dramatically.

3. Make sure the file system used by 
Windows XP is NTFS.
How to check:
a. Open Windows Explorer (My Computer)
b. Right click on drive C:
c. Click Properties.
If it turns out you are using the FAT32 file system, then to change it
is in the following manner:
- Backup important data first yes.
- Click Start> Run> type CMD
- After the Command Prompt window appears, type:
Note: The computer should not be interrupted when doing this conversion, and also in a state free of the virus. The file system used by the bootable drive (usually C: ) will be either FAT32 or NTFS. I highly recommend NTFS
for superior security, durability and greater space efficiency.

4. Disable the File Indexing. File Indexing service extracts information from documents and other files that exist on the hard disk and creates a "searchable keyword index" (index search keywords.) You can imagine the process is very burdensome to the system.
How it works as follows:
A user looking for a word, phrase, or property inside a document, from the documents by the hundreds or thousands, and he did not know the name of the document sought. Windows XP with the built-in search functionality can still perform various types of searches without involving the Indexing Service. But somewhat more
long. Operating systems have to open each file when asked to help find what the user wants. Most people do not need this search feature. Which usually requires
is a large corporate environment where thousands of documents placed at least one server. But if the only kind of system builders, which most of his clients are small and medium-sized businesses, and if the client does not need these features, I recommend that (Disable) the service.
How to Disable:
a. Open Windows Explorer (My Computer)
b. Right click on drive C:
c. Choose Properties
d. Remove the check mark (checklist) "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching."
e. Click the Apply button, appears: Apply changes to "C: subfolders and files"
f. Click the OK button. If any warning or error message appears (such as "Access is denied"), click Ignore All button.

5. Update VGA and motherboard chipset drivers, including BIOS updates and configuration. Find info, info about the BIOS settings are correct on the Internet.

6. Empty the Windows Prefetch folder every three months or more.
Windows XP to record some of the data or applications that are often used for making the process seem load faster when called by the user. This is nice, but for a long time, the prefetch folder may become overloaded references to files and applications are no longer used. If that happens, Windows XP is wasting time and slowing system performance, while doing a load application or file. Nothing is important in that folder, and all its content is safe to delete. Folder is located at: C: ¥ WINDOWS ¥ ¥ Prefetch

Once a month run a disk cleanup.
a. Open Windows Explorer (My Computer)
b. Right click on drive C:
c. Choose Properties
d. Click the Disk Cleanup and delete all temporary files.

8. In Device Manager, double click on IDE ATA / ATAPI Controllers device, and
make sure DMA is enabled (enabled) for each drive that is connected to the Primary or Secondary Controller and controller.
Do this by:
a. Double click on Primary IDE Channel. then click the Advanced Settings tab.
b. Make sure the Transfer Mode is set to "DMA if Available" for both Device 0
and Device 1.
c. Do the same on the Secondary IDE Channel.

9. Wiring Upgrade.
To increase hard drive technology, it takes wiring which would encourage better performance. Be sure to use the cable 80-wire Ultra-133 for all IDE devices and use a socket connector that fits with the Master / Slave / Motherboard. If Device his only one, must be connected at the far end connector of the ribbon cable (data cable), but not on the connectors in the middle of the ribbon cable, if not, there will be a signal problem. In ultra DMA hard drive, this signal problem could prevent hard drive to maximize its potential.

10. Remove all spyware from your computer. Use free programs such as artificial Lavasoft AdAware or SpyBot Search &
Destroy. Once the program is installed, be sure to check and download updates if any, before scanning the spyware on the computer. Anything either program finds can be safely removed. All the free programs that ask for spyware to run will no longer work. If the programs were still needed to live free again install it.

11. Dispose of all programs or unnecessary items from the regular (routine) Windows Startup by using the MSCONFIG utility.
a. Click Start> Run> type MSCONFIG> click OK
b. Click the Startup tab> and then remove the checklist (check mark) of program that is not familiar with these items? Visit the WinTasks Process Library. That site includes system processes, applications and also known as spyware references and explanation. Or it could identify the name of the items directly by using google.

12. Discard all unused programs from the Add / Remove Programs in Control Panel.

13. Turn off some or all of the animations that are not needed and turn off (disable) active desktop. In fact, to optimize performance, turn off all animations. Windows Xp
offers many different settings in this section.
a. Click the System icon in Control Panel
b. Click the Advanced tab
c. Click the Settings button in the Performance box.
d. Eliminate checklist (check mark) any options that do not want to run. Or it could be

14. If you can edit the Registry of Windows XP, do to improve the performance of XP. Could use a software tweak or manually edit the registry. On the internet is widely spread.

15. Visit Microsoft's Windows update site regularly and download all updates labeled Critical. Download any optional updates at your discretion. (Remember, if the Windows XP operating system software was pirated, do not try to update, can be given a "stamp" the same signs of pirated Microsoft that it will slow down the system when booting and running).

16. Update anti-virus in a week or even once daily. Make sure only one software is installed. Combining more than one antivirus will only invite disease for performance and computer reliability.

17. Make sure the font is installed less than 500 species are on the computer. The more fonts, more lambatlah system. Although Windows XP is more efficient in handling the fonts of the previous version, but excessive weakening of the font will have an impact on the system.

18. Do not partition the hard disk. (Optional only) NTFS File System Windows XP run more efficiently on one large partition. The data is no safer on a separate partition, and re-format does not need to reinstall the Operating System (OS). One of this partition function so that no restriction by the partition but it will be limited by the size of hard drive capacity itself. So no need to resize partitions tospend time and the risk of data loss.

19. Make a check against the system's RAM to ensure proper operation. I recommend using a free program MemTest86. Once downloaded, can make a bootable CD or diskette (your choice), which will
run 10 extensive tests on the PC's memory automatically after malakukan boot with a CD or floppy disk created. Allow all tests to run until at least the past 3 tests of 10 tests completed. If the program encounters an error, turn off and unplug the computer, unplug the RAM memory, replace with others and do the tests again. Remember, bad memory can not be repaired, and can only be replaced.

20. If there is a CD or DVD recorder, look for updated firmware from the manufacturer. In some cases, been shown to accelerate upgrade the recorder to a free.

Good luck!

How To Create A Password Reset Disk For XP ?  

To create a password reset disk:

1) Insert a blank floppy disk into drive.
2) Open User Accounts in Control Panel.
3) Double-click on your account name.
4) On the left side of the window, under Related Tasks, select Prevent a forgotten password. A wizard will pop up and walk you through the process of creating the password recovery disk. If the related tasks does not show up you are not double clicking on the user account or you are using a LAN with domains.

*If your computer is on a domain, you can create the Domain Password Reset Disk as follows.
1) Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to open the Windows Security dialog box.
2) Click Change Password.
3) In the “Log on to” click on the down arrow to select local XP machine.
4) Click Backup to open the Forgotten Password Wizard. If you don’t see the Backup button you did not select the computer in step 3 correctly.
5) Click Next and then follow the instructions as they appear on the screen.

You will be prompted to create a new password. Remember, anyone who has the password reset disk can access the system, so don’t forget to store your disk in a safe place!

How to convert FAT32 to NTFS file system without the need of formatting or suffering from Data loss. What is NTFS and FAT32?

They are formats (file systems) for your hard drive. For Windows 98SE and before, FAT32 or FAT16 is the file type for your hard disk. NTFS is the standard for Windows XP. People say that NTFS is faster than FAT32, as it is far superior. Especially when defragmenting, FAT32 is way slower.

When Can You Use This?

When you buy a external harddrive, the standard is FAT32. Annoying. Moreover, some WinXP installations (in particular, XP upgrades) are done on FAT32 drives.

So, Why Use NTFS over FAT32?

Let’s say you have FAT32. You want to unrar a large file (> 4 GB) and Windows tells you that you cannot unpack it because you don’t have enough hard drive space. Even if you do, you’ll still generate this error. This is because FAT32 drives do not support large files on it (anything over 4 GB).


I’m not responsible for your actions! When converting FAT32 to NTFS, you WILL NOT LOSE any files or data; however, there’s always the chance that something can go wrong (remember, it is Microsoft, by the way).

Solution / How to Do It:

You don’t need to install a program to change the filetype from FAT32 to NTFS.

1. Press the Start button.

2. Go to Run…

3. Type in "cmd" without the quotes, press OK.

4. Go to your C:/ folder, by typing in cd\, (or "cd.."just as long till you have reached C:/ ). See above image. Likewise, type in "cd c:\" works, as well.

5. Go to your "My Computer" icon, and see the name of the letter that stands in from of the drive you want to convert!

6. Back in cmd, Press in "CONVERT X: /FS:NTFS" (without the quotes). The X is for the letter your system drive, or external drive name. (see Step 5)

7. On the question ‘convert lost chains top files Y/N?‘ press ‘y‘ and continue.

8. cmd will now check the file system and the rest. If your cmd finishes, your file system is converted to NTFS. You can close down cmd. (If you want to check if it really did finished, go to ‘My Computer’ and right click on the drive, select ‘Properties’ to see what kind of file system it has).

9. If cmd says: ‘X: was not converted to NFTS, the conversion failed etc, you must follow the next steps!

10. As you can see above, my cmd failed the first time. Next solution.

11. Type in "chkdsk X: /f", where X is the letter of your drive. Wait a while to finish.

12. You’ll be asked to ‘convert lost chains top files Y/N?‘ press ‘y‘ and continue. Wait for it to finish.

13. After this, cmd will say that converting was successful. Check it by going to your computer, and single click on the drive to see what kind of file system your drive has. You may need to repeat step 6.

I tried this with my Transcend 250GB portable usb drive, worked perfectly well.


How to see Deleted History.


Follow the steps:

1. Boot into "safe mode command prompt" using F8

2. Go to Root (C:\) by typing CD\

3. Now type C:\ del index.dat /s

4. Press ENTER

The deleted files will appear.
Note: Here C: is my OS.

How to increase windows startup speed by windows registry configuration.

When we start our computer it delays for a while to make your computer ready for action. You can reduce this delaying time completely by editing a simple thing in the registry setting. It will not harm your computer.
Note: This will boost in starting the windows. This will not increase the overall performance of your computer. The performance speed depends on the processor of your computer and the load it is
taking on.
The process: Step 1: Click Run and then type Regedit.
Step 2: Now you will notice a box will pop up. From there Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER
. Then Select control Panel , then Desktop Folder. 

Step 3: Now in the right hand side you will see lots of settings. From there select "Menu Show Delay". Double click on it and changed the default value "400" to "0". 

Now you are done. You will notice a slight increase in the loading time when you start your computer. If you increase the value to "1000" then it will take longer time to show the Menu.
This tricks does not make any difference actually. But learning it is not a bad Idea. Is it?
Hope you have enjoyed it. Cheers :)


Control Panel Files [CPL's]

File name           Purpose
Access.cpl          Accessibility properties
Appwiz.cpl          Add/Remove Programs properties
Desk.cpl              Display properties
FindFast.cpl         FindFast (included with Microsoft Office for Windows 95)
Inetcpl.cpl           Internet properties
Intl.cpl                 Regional Settings properties
Joy.cpl                 Joystick properties
Main.cpl              Mouse, Fonts, Keyboard, and Printers properties
Mlcfg32.cpl         Microsoft Exchange or Windows Messaging properties
Mmsys.cpl           Multimedia properties
Modem.cpl          Modem properties
Netcpl.cpl            Network properties
Odbccp32.cpl       Data Sources (32-bit ODBC, included w/ Microsoft Office)
Password.cpl       Password properties
Sticpl.cpl              Scanners and Cameras properties
Sysdm.cpl            System properties and Add New Hardware wizard
Themes.cpl          Desktop Themes
TimeDate.cpl       Date/Time properties
Wgpocpl.cpl         Microsoft Mail Post Office


Installing Modem. Wrong Comm Port.
The reason that your modem is going to COM3 is because COM2 is active on the motherboard, here is
what you should do in details:
1. Start > Settings > Control Panel
2. Click on Device Manager
3. Expand the modem section
4. Remove the modem
5. Restart your system
6. When you see in DOS the HIT DEL TO ENTER SETUP, do that:
7. In the BIOS I want you to go to where it says COM2 and its address, and DISABLE it, put it to NONE.
8. Now let the system start
9. In windows let it detect your modem, BUT use your modem installation

Rebuild System files with Command
Copy your SYS.COM to your startup disk, it's in your C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND directory. Then boot to Dos and switch to A:\> and type "SYS C:" no qoutes then [Enter]. This will rebuild your IO.SYS, COMMAND.COM and MSDOS.SYS on your harddrive. Then try rebooting. If no luck, read on.

Extract a new
You can't extract as it is created by windows 95 during install. You can, however, extract a file called Win.cnf and rename it, which is what occurs during the windows setup. To extract from CD, 1st Change Directories to the X:\WIN95> prompt, where X is your CD-ROM's drive letter. Then type the following:

You Need a Boot Menu
You can do this in windows, I think Dos is a better way. Boot and Shutdown To Real Dos Mode First, configure your system to boot
to DOS: At you Dos Prompt type; ATTRIB -H -S -R -S MSDOS.SYS
Then type: Edit MSDOS.SYS.
In the MSDOS.SYS file, make this changes.
After you save and exit EDIT Type ATTRIB +H +S +R +S
Reboot to a new menu.
BootStrap; Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4
Phase 1:  Hardware phase
Power supply stabilizes voltages, asserts Power Good line to mobo CPU rolls; hds, fans and some other devices initialize themselves
Phase 2:  BIOS hardware phase
BIOS initializes, checks crucial hardware, checks CMOS checksum Searches UMBs for ROM signatures, passes control to init (VGA splash) Loads chipset settings, sizes/checks RAM, builds equipment list (POST) BIOS splash screen displayed PnP extension queries and activates devices, checks ESCD data PnP-identified devices explained If changes, ESCD data is rebuilt (Updating ESCD...) Checks "advanced" CMOS for boot device test order Tests each device for boot signature end of 1st sector
If finds boot signature, loads that sector and jumps into it Else jumps to IBM cassette BASIC or "No ROM BASIC" etc.
Phase 3:  Master Boot Record phase
It is at this point that EZIDE, Disk Manager, some viruses etc. run If diskette, boot sector loads OS however it chooses; IO.sys etc. If hd, partition table's 4 entries checked for marker with bit 7 set Error if no active partition found Else active partition table entry consulted for start address Check for boot sector marker at end 1st sector of partition Error if not found Else jumps into 1st sector of partition
Phase 4:  Operating system phase
From here on, what happens depends on the operating system It is at this point the other "pre-file" viruses run Case of successfully-installed Win95 will be described Partition loader loads IO.sys; "Windows 95 is loading..." Win95's IO.sys will interpret MSDOS.sys settings, act accordingly If no Fn keystroke or bad exit to the contrary, interprets Config.sys Initial interpretation of registry (*** here or where?)
If no DOS=NoAuto, will set and load Win95 auto defaults as per:
DOS=UMB,High (NB if Single, UMB only possible if Emm386 loads)
Set Prompt=$p$g (*** here or earlier?)
Set Path={winbasedir};{winbasedir}\Command (*** here or earlier?)
Rest of Config.sys interpreted
Check for C:\AutoExec.bat; if exists, loaded to interpret
If no DOS=Single (Config.sys) or BootGUI=0 (MSDOS.sys), loads
(*** from this point on, exact order of events unclear; ### waypoints) displays {winbasedir}\Logo.sys (*** here or earlier?) (###)
Registry drivers, PnP etc. loaded
System.ini drivers etc. loaded
Desktop paints in, mouse pointer; Task Manager is clickable (###)
Logon dialog appears, if appropriate (###)
0th instance Explorer launches, desktop icons, Desktop clickable (###)
Registry Run, RunOnce, RunServices, RunServicesOnce interpreted
Win.ini Run= and Load= interpreted
"Welcome to Windows" dialog launched, unless suppressed (###)
{start menu}\StartUp group items launched
At this point, boot process is complete.