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1. SYSTEM SETTINGS: Open ''System properties'' in the ''control panel'' then select the ''Advanced tab'' and click on ''settings'' under performance. Choose the ''visual effects'' tab then select the option ''adjust for best performance'' and do away with all the needless affects which use up system resources and ram.

2. FASTER REBOOT: Click on ''start'' ''run'' and type ''msconfig'' and press ''enter'' to launch the ''system configuration utility''.Select the ''startup'' tab then clear the checkboxes of those applications that dont need to start with Windows XP..You will notice an improvement almost immediatley

3.STOP RUNNING THOSE NEEDLESS PROGRAMS: Double-check the ''startup folder'' on the ''all programs'' menu as this may also contain shortcuts for launching applications.Simply right-click on the application you no longer want to start up with Windows and select ''delete'' to prevent this program from running again at windows startup.

4. UNGROUP ITEMS: finding information faster by ungrouping taskbar items so you will be able to know exacty which applications are open. Right-click on the taskbar, choose ''properties'' and remove the tick from the option '' Group similar taskbar buttons''.

5. CLEAR THE CLUTTER: Windows XP will load faster without the massive array of icons on your desktop.You can hide them in an instant and improve screen redraw times by right clicking and choosing ''arrange icons by '' and then select ''show desktop items''. Or you can delete the icons you dont want manually leaving the ones you wish to keep.

6. DEFRAGGING : Now everyone nowadays knows that to keep an Operating system in good working order you have to defrag once in a while now you can use the inbuilt windows defragmentor but i do not reccomend it as this program does a very poor job. I do however reccomend two programs to defrag with and they are either DISKKEEPER or the SPEEDDISK program within NORTON SYTEM WORKS. If you wish for a fast Defrag then i would have to say that DISKKEEPER is for you SPEEDDISK however does still do a good job but isnt as fast!!!.

Links to Defragging Programs: DISKKEEPER TRIAL,

7. CLEAN AND COMPRESS: : ( Warning: Compressing your harddrive will slow down access times but by only a bit, but compressing does give you more storage space especially if you have a small harddrive. Now to give your Windows XP more room to work in. Right-click your drive in ''My computer'' choose ''Properties'' then click on ''disk cleanup''. Here you will be able to get rid of all the unnecesary files that are cluttering up your Harddrive. Now to compress find the tab ''General'' Then look at the bottom of the window and you will see an Unckecked box, Tick the box named '' Compress drive to save disk space''.

8. CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE: : To ensure that Windows XP performs at its best all the time you can use the System file checker to locate any missing or damaged system files and replace them. Click on ''Start'' ''Run'' and type exactly WITHOUT quotation marks ''sfc /scannow'' and press ''Enter''.The windows file protection monitor will now scan your entire system for missing or damaged files.Keep your original Windows XP CD at hand as you may be asked for it to replace any missing or damaged files. Other commands that can be used for this step are:

System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) sfc /scannow

System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) sfc /scanonce

System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) sfc /scanboot

System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) sfc /revert

System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) sfc /purgecache

System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) sfc /cachesize=x

9. CACHE: You can cache the thumbnail images that are displayed in ''My computer'' and Windows Explorer and speed up display time.Click on ''Control panel'' ''Folder options'' then ''View'' and uncheck ''Do not cache thumbnails''. Also to keep things Speedy still while under ''View'' locate ''Automatically search for network folders and printers'' and uncheck this.

10. SYSTEM RESTORE: You can speed up Windows XP by freeing up the diskspace that System Restore uses.Go into ''Control panel'' then select ''System'' then click on the tab ''System Restore'' and from here you can adjust how much of your harddrive is reserverd by System restore.

11A. REGISTRY BACK-UP: Before performing any ''Registry'' changes it is always good to make a Back-up of your registry's default values just incase you make a mistake. To do this go into ''regedit'' under ''Run'' and then once you have the registry editing window open click on ''File'' then click on ''Export'' and save the file in the location that suits you best.

11B. ENDING TASKS: Warning: Please back up Registry before Performing this step. It is possible to edit the Registry and speed up the time it takes to automatically end tasks that arnt responding. Go to ''Start'' ''Run'' and type ''regedit'' then find '' HKEY_CURRENT_USER\controlpanel\Desktop\AutoEndTask s'' and Set the value to be 1. Then under ''WaitToKillAppTimeout'' Set the number of milliseconds to be used as a delay.

12. START MENU: Warning: Please back up Registry before Performing this step. Edit the Registry and make the ''Start'' and ''All programs'' menu appear on the screen more quickly.Go along to ''Start'' ''Run'' and type ''regedit''. Then find ''HKEY_CURRENT_USER\controlpanel\Desktop. Right-click ''MenuShowDelay'' and set the value to 400 to speed the time in which the menu appears.

13. STREAMLINE YOUR SYSTEM: Open the ''Add or Remove'' programs then click on ''Add/Remove Windows components'' And remove all the System components that you do not need or do not use to free up system resources.

14. VIRUSES, SPYWARE AND ADWARE: Now to keep your system in top running condition you need to make sure that your system is free from the likes of Viruses,Spyware and Adware. Now to do this you need to scan your System with the appropriate Software. i will now list below the different software you can use. But it is always good to have a Firewall on your system to prevent these threats from getting onto your system in the first place, So below i will list some FREE firewalls you can download.

Spyware + Adware: Spybot search and destroy, Ad-aware , Norton antivirus ( latest edition ), AVG from Grisoft and Microsoft Antispyware.

Viruses: Norton Antivirus ( Latest edition ), AVG from Grisoft and AVAST Anti-virus.

Links to free Virus scanners: AVG, AVAST ANTI-VIRUS,



15. SPEED-UP YOUR SYSTEM STARTUP: Click on ''Start'' ''Run'' and type ''msconfig'' and press ''Enter'' to launch the System Configuration Utility. Selct the ''Services'' tab and check ''Hide all microsoft services''. Next you can have a go at speeding up your start-up times by clearing the check-boxes of any items you think you dont need.

16. TRANSFER MODE: To Speed up the way in which files are transfered between Windows XP and your DVD or CD drive, Go back to Device Manager and right-click on ''Secondary IDE Channel''. This controls your installed DVD/CD drives.If a DVD drive is installed then make sure its transfer mode is set to DMA if possible. If it is not then you need to enter your bios and enable this feature if your bios supports it.

17. AVI FILES: Warning: Please back up Registry before Performing this step. Windows XP loads the entire AVI file before playing it which can cause delays. To prevent this from happening by making a change to a ''Registry Key''.To do this go to ''Start'' ''Run'' and type ''regedit''. Then locate ''HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{87D62D94-71B3-4B9A-9489-5FE6850DC73E}''. Rename the Key by adding a minus sign to it, For example -{87d62d94-71b3-4b9a-9489-5fe6850dc73e}.

18. BOOT-UP SOUNDS: you can improve boot times by preventing the Startup.wav from being played when Windows XP launches. To do this open up the ''Control panel'' and select '' Sounds and audio devices'', Click on the ''Sounds'' tab and select '' No sounds'' in the ''Sound Scheme'' box.


Log Off Quickly: You can log-off quickly by creating a new Desktop Shortcut. To do this ''Right click'' and go to ''New'' and then select ''Shortcut'', Once the Pop-up box appears type in '' rundll32.exe user32.dll,lockworkstation''. Then you will be asked to name the icon. Once you have done this you can make this icon look different by selecting an appropriate icon from a list. To do this ''Right-Click'' on your New icon and select ''Properties'' Then select the tab called ''Shortcut'' Then select ''Change icon''. A popup window will now appear, in the white box at the top type ''shell32.dll'' Then press o.k then you will be presented with a list of icons to choose from.

Shutdown Quickly: You can Shutdown quickly by creating a new Desktop Shortcut. To do this ''Right click'' and go to ''New'' and then select ''Shortcut'', Once the Pop-up box appears type in ''C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe -s''.Then You will be asked to name the icon. Once you have done this you can make this icon look different by selecting an appropriate icon from a list. To do this ''Right-Click'' on your New icon and select ''Properties'' Then select the tab called ''Shortcut'' Then select ''Change icon''. A popup window will now appear, in the white box at the top type ''shell32.dll'' Then press o.k then you will be presented with a list of icons to choose from.

20.THE PAGING FILE: There are two types of memory which helps XP fuction correctly.One is physical memory ( RAM ) and the other is Virtual Memory, referred to as the paging file. This is an area of your hard disk used as a buffer when RAM is low on resources. If you have another harddisk installed in your p.c you can move the paging file there and reduce the stress of two activities on your main harddisk.

Step 1: Reducing the work on your main harddisk can speed up application response times ( This will only benefit you if you have another harddisk ). Open ''System properties'' in the ''Control panel'' and select ''advanced''.

Step 2: Under ''Performance'' click on ''Settings'' then select ''Advanced''. Go to ''Virtual Memory'' and click on ''Change'' to see your current settings. At the moment ''C:'' will be selected so click to highlight your other drive instead.

Step 3: Having selected a different drive you can choose the ''custom size'' option and set an ''Initial Size'' and ''Maximum size'' for the paging file. Or opt for the ''System managed'' size and XP will decide whats best for you.

21.TONING DOWN WINDOWS VISUALS TO MAKE WINDOWS FASTER: Well to start off go into ''YOUR COMPUTER'' then under ''CONTROL PANEL'' go into ''SYSTEM'' then click on the tab named ''ADVANCED''.Once you have done that click on ''PERFORMANCE SETTINGS'' then you will be taken to the ''VISUAL SETTINGS TAB''. Now i will go through the visual setting you can turn off to make your Operating System faster while being able to keep your XP desktop theme the same. In the visual setting window you will see boxes that have been ticked and i will now go through the one you can untick. ( This step was taken from one of my previous FAQS )

1.Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing

2.Fade or slide menu's into view

3.Fade or slide tooltips into view

4.Fade out menu items after clicking

5.Show shadows under menu's

6.Show shadow under mouse pointer

7.Show translucent selection rectangle

8.Show window contents while dragging

9.Slide open combo boxes

10.Slide taskbar buttons

11.Use drop shadows for icons labels on desktop

12.Smooth-scroll list boxes

But if you want total performance from toning down windows visuals you should just use the old Classic sytle of windows Theme.

22.AUTOMATED DESKTOP CLEAN-UP The disk clean-up is a great way of clearing that clutter away from XP. You can configure Desktop Cleaner to run as a scheduled task, speeding up the entire process. To do this click on ''Start'' ''Run'' and then type ''cleanmgr/sageset:100'' and press ''Enter''. Then select which aspects of the clean-up you would like to take place when the tool is run Automatically. Now create a file shortcut to the process you will use to start-up the clean-up automatically. ''Right click'' your desktop and select ''New'' then select ''Shortcut''. In the command line of the shortcut, enter ''cleanmgr/sagerun:100'' then lable your shortcut. Finally open ''Scheduled Tasks'' in the control panel and create a new task. Click browse and locate your newly created shortcut. Now just decide when you wish it to run.

23.DISABLE HIBERNATE: To do this Open the ''control panel'' and select ''Power options'' and uncheck ''Enable Hibernation'' under the ''Hibernate'' Tab.

24.NEEDLESS DATE STAMPS:Warning:Please back-up your Registry before Performing this step. Whenever a directory is accessed on an NTFS drive a time stamp is added which in alot of cases is just needless, To disable this by Editing a registry setting.Click ''Start'' then ''Run'' and type ''regedit'' Then locate ''HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES\system\currentcontrolset\con trol\filesystem''. Then create a new ''DWORD'' value ''NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate'' and set the value to 1.


1. Write Caching: Open ''System properties'' in control panel select ''Hardware'' and click ''Device manger''. Expand disk drives in Hardware list then ''Right click'' your disk and hit ''properties''. Select ''Policies'' and check ''Enable write caching''

2. Power Settings: XP will stop spinning your harddisk after 20 minutes of inactivity.Waiting for them to spin backup can cause delays when you come back to your P.C. Open ''Power options'' in the control panel and set ''Turn off harddisks'' to ''Never''.

3. Indexing Service: If you do not perform many file searches on your P.C you can turn the ''Indexing Service'' off and free up system resources. To turn this service off Open ''Administrator Tools'' in the control panel and double click ''Services'' and then locate the ''Indexing Service'' and disable it.

26.PRINTER SPOOLER: If you havent got a printer then there is no need for the ''Printer spooler'' service to be enabled. So to disable it go into ''Administrator tools'' under the Control panel, Then double click ''Services'' and locate the ''Printer spooler'' service and disable it.

27.BIOS PERFORMANCE: Even though a computers bios isnt a straight forward part of the XP operating system it still has a large impact on system performance. I will now go through steps to help you make your computer not just start up quicker but to give a performance boost in XP. I will now go through a few steps too Optimize your bios. A little reminder would be that Once you have entered your bios press Ctrl and f1 to unlock the Advanced options. ( THESE STEPS ARE BASED ON THE ''AWARD BIOS'' SO NOT ALL THESE STEPS WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH OTHER TYPES OF BIOS'S)

1. Once in your bios main menu select the ''Bios Features setup'', once you have entered that look for the ''Quick Power On Self Test'' option and enable it.By doing this it stops the system from counting the physical memory everytime you boot up your computer.

2: Once in your bios main menu select the ''Bios Features setup'', once you have entered that look for the ''Boot sequence'' once you have highlighted that press ''Enter'' and then select ''C: only''. ( Some motherboards unfortunately do not allow you just to select the C: drive)

3: Once in your bios main menu select the ''Chipset features setup'' Once you have entered that locate your ''AGP Aperture size'' Once that is highlighted press ''Enter'', Now you need to allocate an amount of memory for the Aperture size, You should only allocate an amount that is half of your RAM. So for instance if you have 512mb ram then you should select 256mb for your ''AGP Aperture size''. By doing this you may see an increase in performance in the games you play and an increased FPS ( FRAMES PER SECOND). (This Step is aimed at the older cards as it helps the bandwidth between the card and the AGP slot, With the newer cards this is not really needed.)

4: Once in your bios main menu select the ''Power management setup''. Once you have done that look for the ''Soft off'' option , then highlight this option and press ''Enter'' then select ''Delay 4 secs''. Now you may think this is pointless but it isnt because if you were to accidently Hit the power button you p.c would switch of straight away which isnt great for your computer parts, So by putting a delay on you would have to hold down the power button down for 4 seconds to switch your P.C off So therefore stops the P.C being switched off accidently.

5. To prevent the PCI bus from stalling every time it tries to write to the ISA bus, many chipsets now come with an embedded 32-bit posted write buffer that supports delayed transaction cycles. This buffer is designed to store PCI-to-ISA writes so that the PCI bus can be released to perform other transactions. The buffer contents are then written to the ISA bus when it's ready. Now to enable the ''Delayed Transaction'' option go into your bios and enter either ''PNP/PCI CONFIGURATION'' or ''Chipset features setup'' than locate the ''Delayed transaction'' option and highlight it and press ''Enter'' and select ''Enabled''.

6. When enabled, this parameter turns on BIOS ROM shadowing for the block of memory that contains your system BIOS. This is normally F0000 to FFFFF, in short, it speeds up your system by copying the contents of your system BIOS code from the slow ROM in which it resides into faster RAM. Now to enable ''Bios Shadowing'' Enter your bios and then select ''Advanced bios features'' Then select the ''Bios shadowing'' option and enable it. ( WARNING: For Maximum compatibility leave this option Disabled, but for better system performance you should enable..the choice is yours.)

7. It is always good to update your motherboards bios to the latest version from your motherboards manufacturer site. This is because newer bios's can add extra support for newer processors and Ram and can also unlock extra options in the bios for you to change when needed and also adds extra overclocking abilities. Updating your bios can also make your motheroard more compatible with you operating system if your old bios hs compatibility issues.( Warning: Please make sure you have the correct bios for your motherboard before updating, Otherwise you could render you motherboard useless.)

8. Once in your bios highlight ''Advanced chipset configuration'' and press ''Enter'' then locate ''Spread spectrum'' and enable this as this feature reduces electromagnetic interference to your p.c's components.( Depending on your bios layout this feature may be under a different catagory than ''Advanced chipset configuration.)

28.DRIVERS: To keep your XP operating system in good shape you should update all your drivers on a weekly basis. The drivers you should update weekly or when newer ones are released are as follows.

1. Chipset drivers

2. Graphic card drivers ( Improves Gaming ) ATI WEBSITE, NVIDIA WEBSITE

3. Sound card drivers

4. Keep your motherboards drivers up to date

29.WINDOWS UPDATE ( MICROSOFT UPDATE ) ( Warning: You need a Legal copy of windows to use the Windows Update Webpage.You can use the Automatic windows updater within windows to still get critical updates even without a Legal copy of Windows.) Now to keep your Copy of windows XP in tiptop shape you should visit ''Windows Update'' weekly to get the latest security and software updates to allow your XP operating system to run smoothly and securely. To do this click on this link :WINDOWS UPDATE ( MICROSOFT UPDATE ). Once at the site click the ''Custom'' button to recieve security updates ,software updates and hardware updates. If you want Windows XP to get Security updates automatcally you will need to enable the automatic update feature within windows XP. To do this go into ''My computer'' ''Control panel'' then double click on ''System'' Once you have done that locate the Tab named ''Automatic Updates'' and click on it, Then check the box labeled ''Automatic ( Reccomended)''. After that you will have to set a scheduled time when to look for updates for your Copy of XP. You should set a time when you are likely to be on the Internet!!! ( This step may not work now Due to a new release of the ''Windows Validation tool'' )

30A.SECURE BROWSING: Well everyone knows browsing can be a dangerous thing at times, even with your firewall you can still get dodgy things coming through your Internet browser. So this is the point where i reccomend getting Mozilla Firefox as this browser is not just safer but much faster than Windows Internet explorer. Click the Link below to be directed to the download place of this fantastic browser MOZILLA FIREFOX,

30B.MAKING FIREFOX FASTER: Well now we will Tweak Firefox to make it just that bit faster. Now to start open up Mozilla Firefox and in the address bar type ''about:config''. This will then bring you a list of a dozen different configurations, I will now go through the ones you can configure to make Firefox faster.

1. Find '' network.http.pipelining'' in the list. When you have found it set the value of it to ''True''.

2. Find '' network.http.proxy.pipelining'' in the list. When you have found it set the value of it to ''True''.

3. Find '' network.http.pipelining.maxrequests'' in the list. When you have found it set the value of it to 20.

4. Find '' browser.turbo.enabled'' in the list. When you have found it set the value of it to ''True''.

5. Find '' network.dns.disableIPv6'' in the list. When you have found it set the value of it to ''True''.

6. Now right click anywhere within the Firefox window and select ''New Integer'' and call it ''nglayout.initialpaint.delay'' Then set its value to 0.

7. Now right click anywhere within the Firefox window and select ''New Integer'' and call it ''browser.cache.memory.capacity'' and set a value that suits you for a cache size for this browser, I do reccomend setting a lower amount than 50mb as this will increase computer performance.E.g 16mb ( 16000).

31.WINDOWS XP INTERNET TWEAK: Now this step will enable you to change the Internet Bandwidth limit in windows to make surfing the web just that little faster. First of all go to ''Run'' and then type ''gpedit.msc''. Once you have done that locate the ''LOCAL COMPUTER POLICY'' branch and expand it, Then under that locate the ''ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES'' branch and expand that also. Then under that locate the ''NETWORK'' branch and expand that also. Then under that locate ''QOS PACKET SCHEDULER'' and highlight it in the left window, Then in the right window locate ''LIMIT RESERVABLE BANDWITH SETTING'' and double click on it and then on the settings box check the ''Enable Item'' and where it says ''Bandwidth limit %'' change it to 0.

32.32 BIT COLOURS TO 16 BIT COLOURS:( This step is particulaly aimed at people with low memory) Reducing the amount of colours displayed can free up RAM and help to speed up your system. To change from 32 bit to 16 bit colours ''Right click'' on your desktop and choose ''Properties'' and then select the ''Settings'' tab. Under ''Colour quality'' choose ''16-bit'' instead of 32-bit.

32. DESKTOP BACKGROUND: Windows XP will load faster if you dont have a background image but this aslo saves RAM. To get rid of your desktop background go to ''Control Panel'' then go to ''Display''. Once there go to the desktop Tab and under background select ''None''. To clear your Prefetch data go to My computer and then enter your C:\ drive. Then go to the windows folder and locate the folder named ''Prefetch'' and enter it, then select all the files within the folder and delete them.

33.PREFETCH DATA: The prefetch is a Cache that stores logs containing programs that have been used recently and caches them so that the next time they are opened they open faster.Unfortunately you dont see a huge gain from the prefetch anyway plus it can get rather large and can take up alot of space. To clear your prefetch data go to ''My computer'' then enter your C:\ drive and then go into your ''Windows'' folder and locate a folder named ''Prefetch'' enter this folder and delete all the files within it.

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34.DEFRAGGING RAM: Well to keep your Windows XP running well sometimes its a good idea to defrag RAM because any RAM thats no longer being used due to old uninstalled programs will be returned to its free spool ready for other programs to use. You can find some ram Optimizers here. FREE RAM OPTIMZER,MEMTURBO

35.FASTER BOOTING WITH BOOTVIS: Bootvis is a program Created by microsoft to monitor the amount of time it takes for windows to load drivers and other essential bits when windows loads. After it has monitored your System you can tell it to optimize the position of your bootfiles to enable a quicker boot. First get the program from this link. http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?id=17

After you have installed this program open it up and select ''Trace'' then ''Optimize system'' and then your computer will re-boot in 10 secs unless you restart it straight away by clicking the ''Restart now'' button.

Then after it Re-boots it will perform its task so make sure dont do anything while it is optimizing.

36.NTFS OR FAT32 FILE SYSTEM?: Well before installing Windows XP there are two different file systems to choose from..There is NTFS ( New Technology File System ) and FAT ( File Allocation Table ). I will now go through the advantages and disadvantages of both file systems.


1.Supports maximum file size up to the size of the disk.

2.Allows file encryption for better system wide security.

2.Allows a compression if needed to save disk space.

3.Tracks changes in files so if there a problem with your computer you can return the OS to its previous state.

4.Indexing service so you can find your files quicker when searching.

5.Better overall security


1.Not very good for smaller harddrives


1.Better for dual booting ( Thats if you have 2 Operating systems on the same harddrive ).

2.Compressed drive so it saves space.

3.Small partitions.


1.Not good with large harddrives.

2.No file encryption..so is less secure

3.Doesnt allow a partition size as big as your harddrive.


All in all if you were to pick a file system i would reccomend the NTFS file system for Windows XP as it is more secure and is recoverable if something were to go wrong. Also you can compress your harddrive for that little extra space if needed but compression does criple access times.However if you are running an older OS for example Windows 98 then i would reccomend the FAT32 file system.

37.DR WATSON: ''Dr Watson'' is a needless program that monitors programs for internal errors and if an error is found it will pop-up asking you to ''Debug'' and this can be annoying and can also use up RAM.so ill now go through the steps to remove ''Dr Watson'' from your system.

( Warning: Please back-up your registry before performing this step. If you do not know how to back-up Registry please Refer to Part 1 of this FAQ.)

1. Click Start, click Run, type ''regedit'' in the Open box, and then click OK.

2. Find and click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug

3. After that locate the AeDebug key and then delete it.

38.AUTOMATIC LOGON: There is an option in Windows XP so that every time you logon you dont have to enter a password to proceed, So this is great for people who are not good at remembering passwords because if you forget a Windows XP logon password then your pretty much bummed as there is no way to get back in unless you use a third party program,plus not having a password will give you a nice fast logon. Now to disable the password feature go into ''Control Panel'' then locate ''User Accounts'' double click on this. Then ''Uncheck'' the box next to the line called "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer". Once you have done that click ''Apply''. Then enter the username and password you want to automatically logon with and then click o.k and your done.

39. SERVICES: Now within Windows XP there are bound to be ''Services'' you can disable to speed up your system. I say this because XP is packed with alot of services that just arn't vital or can be disabled in special cases to suit you. Now i will go through the services that you dont need ( Warning: I cannot be help responsible for any damage this step may cause to the Operating Systems stability.) Now to disable them go to ''Control panel'' Then ''Adminstative tools'' then double click on ''Services'' and from here you can disable them. I will now list the services that you can disable safely. A Thank you from me has to go to Overclock.net member ''Danm'' for assisting me in this step.


Notifies users of administrative alerts.


Used to store information (cut/paste) and share it with other computers.

Error Reporting Service:

Calls home to Microsoft when application errors occurs.

Fast User Switching Compatibility:

This let you quickly switch from one user to another in you pc.

Help and Support:

Help and support centr to help sort out your problems but never does.


Sends messages between clients and servers.

Net Login:

Used for logging onto a Domain Controller.

NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing:

Enables a user to access your computer using NetMeeting.

Network DDE:

remote ClipBook

Network DDE DSDM:

Same as above.

Network Location Awareness (NLA):

Required for use with the Internet Connection Sharing Service (server only.)

Performance Logs and Alerts:

Collects performance data on a schedule and sends the information to a log or triggers an alert.

Print Spooler:

Only have this enabled if you have a printer.

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager:

Manages and controls Remote Assistance.

Remote Registry Service:

Change your computers registry from another location.

Removable Storage:

Used for managing removable media. Disable this service if you do not have items like tape backup devices, etc.

Smart Card:

Supports the use of a Smart Card for local or network computer authentication.

Smart Card Helper:

Supports the use of a Smart Card for local or network computer authentication.

Task Scheduler:

This service is used to schedule maintenance, MS Backup sessions or maybe even Auto Update. Some third party software may require this service to be active for automated functions, such as Virus Scanners, system maintenance tools, and Automatic patch/driver lookups.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper:

Service Legacy support for NetBios over TCP/IP. If your network does not use NetBios, disable this function.


Controls telephony devices on the local computer. Don

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