Tuning-up Windows XP Computer by Don Cundiff

The purpose of this procedure is to get your computer running again in peak performance just like the day you purchased it. Many of the steps listed below will free up wasted hard disk space, increase protection of personal information from outside intrusions, and clean and reorganize the system registry where everything you do on the computer is recorded.

If the registry remains cluttered with obsolete or invalid entries, your PC will gradually become more and more bogged down and start running slower and slower. This procedure is designed for use on the average stand-alone or small network desktop computers that are not server based.

Prior to starting the tune-up procedure, gather the following information. At the end, gather the same information and compare the results.

The following steps can be performed by using either Windows XP procedures or some other custom maintenance utility. There are several highly recommended products that can be purchased to help speed up your computer and bring it back to running in peak performance.

Windows XP keeps track of many things you do on the computer, like the web sites you visit, the pictures you view using image viewers and movies you watch using Media player. Likewise, many of the applications that you use keep a list of the most recent activities that you have done with it. These first two steps guide you to freeing up wasted disk space and getting rid of past activity records.

1. Clear Windows History Files

2. Clear Internet History Records

Junk files are created by most all applications you use. These files are usually temporary and should be deleted when the program ends, but are not. They can also be created unexpected termination of the program, error in program, a system crash etc. These files reside on your hard disk and accumulate over time unless you manually find and remove them. Step 3, guides you to eliminating junk files and freeing up hard disk space.

3. Remove unneeded junk filed from system

The actions of the next 3 steps will have an overall increase in your computers performance by freeing up wasted space.

4. Adjust Windows OS Settings

5. Optimize Windows performance

6. Perform file system analysis

Disabling system services that are not needed will decrease the time it takes to boot your PC, increase security from unwanted network intrusions, and increase overall performance of your computer. Step 7 lists typical services that probably not needed for the normal home computer environment.

7. Disable unnecessary services

Don has been in the computer field for over 30 years. He has extensive experience and knowledge in all areas of computers from big mainframe systems to desktop PC's. He recently started his own PC Maintenance business in NW Indiana and is currently creating a Do-It-Yourself website called [ parked domain] for home computer users.

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