My favorite registry hacks to boost performance of Windows XP
It is amazing how many wasteful activities a Windows machine performs that are not really necessary for most users. In this blog, I share some of my favorite hacks that should boost performance of a typical Windows XP/2000 machine, although your mileage may vary. You are welcome to use them, but please realize that unless you are careful, you can end up with a seriously corrupted Windows configuration that is fixable only by a clean Windows install.
Now that I am over with that disclaimer, here comes the real stuff. You will need to edit registry by running
RegEdit from Command Prompt:
- Remove DLLs from loading for applications that are not running anymore
Create a new
AlwaysUnloadDLLand give it a data value of
- Place Windows Kernel in RAM
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
- Disable 8.3 Name creation in NTFS
- Make network browsing to be faster by preventing checking of remote scheduled tasks
Delete the following registry key:
Disable services that are no longer being used. Better yet, instead of disabling, choose manual mode instead of automatic.
If it is a wired-networked desktop and you never plan to use a wireless card with it, disable "Wireless Zero Configuration services".
- This tip is useful in uninstalling devices that you no longer use with your system. To display these ghosted or nonpresent devices, open "Command Prompt" and enter the following commands:
Now, uninstall hardware devices that are no longer used with your system
- This next hack is not for enhancing performance, but is nonetheless quite useful at times when your system displays an error message at Startup that refuses to go away.
1 (DWORD). Reboot.
- For deleting programs from starting up at the boot time: delete their entries from:
- For uninstalling unruly programs from "Add Remove Programs" control panel applet, look for the program name in
DisplayNamesubkey to see tha name of the program.
Even though it is a good idea to reboot after each of these hacks, I often make all the changes in one go and reboot just once. That has always worked for me and saved a lot of time. If you are feeling lucky, do the same.
Were these hacks helpful? What are your favorite hacks? Share them as comments to this blog. Thanks for reading.