Adjust for better
Question : I'm running
Windows XP on an older computer. What's
the easiest way to speed things up?
Answer : The easiest way
is the use the built-in performance
tuning features of Windows XP. By
default, XP's graphical interface uses a
lot of system resources and takes a
significant toll on the performance of
You can disable many unnecessary
graphical elements such as shrinking
windows, animation and the like- to
recover some performance and make the
operating system run as snappily as
Windows 95 or Windows 2000.
To do so, open the Windows Control
Panel, and then open the System applet.
In the resulting System Properties
dialogue box, click the Advanced tab,
and then click Settings under the
Performance section. The Performance
Options dialogue box opens. From there,
select the option button labelled
'Adjust for best performance.' Click OK,
and then click OK again to exit the
System Properties dialogue box.
Windows XP will revert to a look and
feel that resembles that of Windows
2000, which had graphics that did not
put such a strain on system resources.