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WinXP Tweaking: From Reformat to Relax - Maintenance & Conclusion

You've just reformatted your hard drive and are installing Windows XP. You may be new to XP, or you may be a veteran and system slowdowns, instability or problems have lead you to reinstall. Now comes the installation of all the applications and games. Then all the drivers. Finally, there's the dreaded job of going through all the settings and tweaks all over again to optimise your system. Welcome to what we are certain is the most comprehensive collection of tweaks collected and published on the Internet today in this walkthrough style tweaking guide for Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, do not miss what Koroush "PersianImmortal" Ghazi has served up for us!

| Guides | Posted: Jul 26, 2002 4:00 am

WinOptimizer

 

To access: Install and click on Icon or search for and run WinOptimizerSuite.exe

 

 

The main reason to use WinOptimizer is to keep your system clean. To start with, double click on the "Drive Cleaner" module, click on the Scan button and tick "Scan in Turbo Mode". Now select "Start Scan" and it'll find all the useless temporary files and junk which regularly build up on your drive. Click on the Details button to see the files it wants to delete. Unselect any files you want to keep, click OK then select Delete and they're sent to the Recycle Bin. The "Registry Cleaner" module works in exactly the same way, and picks up some entries RegCleaner may miss. Backups are made of registry entries you delete so if anything goes wrong, you can restore them later. Both modules are quite foolproof and should be run often to keep your system clean. The DLL Cleaner module in particular is very dangerous so use with caution.

 

Adaware

 

To access: Install and click on Icon or search for and run Ad-aware.exe

 

 

Adaware finds and gives you the option to remove Spyware. Spyware hides on your system and downloads ads or sends data on you to other parties. It's worth finding and removing. Run Adaware and click the Scan Now button, select "Perform Smart system-scan" and make sure the "Activate In-depth scan" option is selected. Now simply click Next and the scanning begins. Once it has found some spyware, click Next, check the boxes next to each one found and click Next again to remove them. Just remember that you need to regularly download the latest "Signature File" which Adaware uses to identify new Spyware components. You do this by clicking the small Globe icon on the top right of Adaware.

 

Regular Maintenance of WinXP

 

To keep WinXP running as fast as the day it was installed, I highly recommend you regularly use the following "regimen":

 

1. Run a Virus Scanner and then a Trojan scanner (like The Cleaner)

 

2. Run Adaware, Regcleaner and WinOptimizer - delete all the files and entries they find.

 

3. Delete any additional files you feel you no longer need. Empty the Recycle Bin as well.

 

4. Go into MSConfig or Registry Editor and remove any recently-installed programs from the Startup list.

 

5. Go into the Services Editor and disable new non-MS services (such as Nvidia Driver Helper or ATi Hotkey Poller)

 

6. Go to the C:\Windows\Prefetch folder and delete the entire contents.

 

7. Run Defrag. Once finished, run the Error Checking utility on reboot.

 

8. Run Bootvis as instructed above (make sure the Task Schedule service is on Automatic).

 

This should be done at least once every two weeks - you could perhaps skip steps 6 and 8 and do it more often. Steps 2-5 and 7 should definitely be done after installing new drivers, or major applications/games.

 

Conclusion

 

There you have it. Your system should now be turbocharged - and hopefully the next reinstall will be a long way away :)

 

Important: - Once you applied the tweaks in this guide, head straight over to the recently released sequel which takes XP tweaking to the next level by bringing together customization, convenience and troubleshooting tips, tricks and tweaks into one guide. Guaranteed to please...check it out:

 

WinXP Tweaking: From Relax to Righteous

 

Links:

 

To give due credit, I didn't come up with a lot of these tweaks nor do I claim to. For more detailed information on the tweaks in this guide and others I may not have included see the original guides I based a great deal of this guide on:

 

Tweaktown WinXP Guide Part 1

 

Tweaktown WinXP Guide Part 2

 

Mods4Me WinXP Tweak Guide

 

Tweak3D WinXP Startup Guide

 

BlackViper's XP Services Guide

 

Windows Registry Guide

 

Also, try the following tools for more tweaking fun:

 

XSetup

 

TweakUI

 

You can discuss this guide further in our forums. I'd love to hear your feedback.

 

How much to upgrade to x64 Edition?

 

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (ZAT00008) for PC

 

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