Want to speed up Windows XP on your computer? Simply turn off indexing and turn off hibernation and you would have speeded up your computer.
Turn off Indexing
Try this only if you rarely use Windows built in hard drive search, since it will work slowly after this fix.
Windows XP indexes files on your hard drive and stores them in memory to speed up the Windows Search. By turning off indexing, we free up memory and CPU horsepower to increase speed.
To turn off indexing:
1. Open up ‘My Computer.
2. Right-click on your hard drive (usually C:) and choose ‘Properties’.
3. Uncheck the box at the bottom that reads ‘Allow Indexing Service to’
4. Click OK, and files will be removed from memory. This removal may take a few minutes to complete.
To disable the indexing service:
1. In the ‘Start’ menu, choose Run.
2. Type ‘services.msc’ and press Enter.
3. Scroll-down to ‘Indexing Service’ and double-click it.
4. If the service status is ‘Running’, then stop it by pressing the ‘Stop’ button.
5. To make sure this service doesn’t run again, under Startup Type:, choose ‘Disabled.’
Turn off Hibernation
Hibernation comsumes space depending upon your RAM. If you have 128 MB RAM, Hibernation takes up 127 MB, if you have 256 MB RAM, Hibernation takes up 254 MB, and so on. “Standby” feature is not effected when you disable Hibernation.
To turn off Hibernation:
1. Right-click on the desktop and click “Properties”
2. Hit the “Screen Saver” tab
3. Then click the “Power” button under “Monitor Power”
4. Click the “Hibernation” tab, then uncheck the box next to “Enable Hibernation”
5. Press “OK”