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So, your computer used to be a smooth operating machine, and it seems that you've been steadily losing speed over time? Well don't worry, you're computer isn't down for the count just yet. there are a few things you can do to reclaim some of that speed your looking for, and give your computer its umph back.
Performing Windows XP Disk Cleanup:
You're computer has most likely seen many files and programs in its day. Your computer has had its fair share of installs and uninstalls? Well, those uninstalled files, though they may seem so are not completely gone. Deleted files leave "garbage" behind, it's vital to remove these files, and get rid of unnecessary files. You're in luck, Windows Disk Cleanup not only get rids of old files, it get rids of Temporary Internet Files, Offline Webpages, Recycle Bin, and much more!
1. Click Start-> Programs-> Accessories-> System Tool-> Disk Cleanup
2. Select your hard drive from the drop down list.
3. Check everything listed.
Defragment Your Disk Drive
Next we have to "defrag" (defragment) your hard drive. Defragmentation is the process that reduces the amount of fragmentation in a file. What this means is that your hard drive needs to be organized, files are scattered and your hard drive will perform at its optimum ability if correctly reorganized.
1. Click Start-> Run- > Type dfrg.msc
2. Select your hard drive.
3. Click defragment.
4. Restart after it finishes.
MSCONFIG or the Microsoft Configuration Utility can disable some of the unnecessary programs that automatically load during start-up, disabling these programs will help your computer start up faster.
1. Click Start- > Run- > Type MSCONFIG
2. Click on the Startup tab
3. Uncheck the programs that you DO NOT need. When in doubt go to Sysinfo to see exactly what you do or do not need.
5. Check the box that comes up during start up.
Edited by: Brian Whitmer