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Windows Speed-Up Tips

By acidosmosis
Apr 19, 2003
  1. Was bored and noticed that Windows was slowing down a little so I did some cleaning. If your not already doing this you should:


    Clean out Register startup items, old registry entries, etc...
    RegCleaner
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=460&cat=15

    Microsoft RegClean
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=458&cat=15

    --

    Defragment your hard drive(s)
    Start->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Defragmenter

    --

    Get rid of Adware (is a good idea to run this even if you don't
    know about any Adware on your system)

    Ad-aware
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=506&cat=31





    Good luck.
     
  2. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    I use Spy-Bot and Ad Aware. Sometimes one will find something that the other misses. I've always been a little afraid to use those other tools, but since you recomend them I'm going to try them.
     
  3. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    I swear, now that I've unzipped Microsoft RegClean, I can't find it anywhere. Can you tell this thing works. The other one worked fine.
     
  4. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Found it. Thanks.
     
  5. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Maniac Posts: 537   +12

    I am getting tired of posting links to TweakXP, nevertheless, it is a good site to tweak your XP OS. Another good one would be WinGuides, thanks StormBringer for giving me the link ;) .
     
  6. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,574

    timmoore, already been there ;-) just thought I would post the links for those programs.. the RegCleaner is really good.

    As far as Microsoft's RegClean, I'm not sure if it really does any good, but can't hurt to run it. It didn't hurt my system any ;-)
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,691   +337

    I recommend just to be safe that you back up your registry before you go 'cleaning' it. That way you can always go back if things start behaving bad.
     
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