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WinXP Tweaking: From Reformat to Relax - Display & Audio

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!

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



To access: Control Panel>Display or Right click on desktop>Properties



Most settings can be adjusted to taste. Performance-related settings are discussed below.




Once you've made your changes in the other areas of display settings, save them as a custom theme here.




For maximum performance, don't set a desktop wallpaper, or alternatively choose a less complex wallpaper small in file size. This speeds up bootup time and minimises memory usage as the wallpaper sits in memory.


Screen Saver


Select None. Modern monitors don't need screen savers to protect the display.


Under the Screen Saver tab, select the Power button. Under Power Schemes, set all three options to Never. Under the Advanced tab, untick both boxes and for the "When I press the power button on my computer" set to "Shut Down". Under the Hibernate tab, untick "Enable Hibernation" to improve stability and free up disk space. Under the UPS tab, if you don't have an Uninterruptible Power Supply leave the settings on default. See Services section for turning off the service altogether.




Set to taste. Under the Effects tab untick all boxes for maximum graphics performance.




The settings under this tab, and those under the Advanced button are dependant on taste and your graphics card.


Sounds and Audio Devices


To access: Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices





Most settings can be adjusted to taste. I recommend ticking "Place volume icon in the taskbar".




Disable as many system sounds as you can by selecting each Program Event>[None] from the Sounds list below. Alternatively, you can assign the same sound to several events. These various sounds sit in system memory and hence the less the better. In particular I recommend disabling sounds for Start Windows and Exit Windows to speed up booting and shutting down. Once done, Save these new settings by clicking "Save As..."


Audio and Voice


Make sure the default device in each of these categories is your primary sound card then tick "Use only default devices". Click the Advanced button and select the correct speaker configuration, and under the Performance tab set "Hardware Acceleration" to Full and "Sample Conversion" to Best.


How much to upgrade to x64 Edition?


Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (ZAT00008) for PC


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