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June 12, 2007 / Upnishad

The complete Guide to Optimizing Windows XP – Again

I have previously mentioned an excellent article to optimize the performance of Windows XP. The tips in this article can squeeze the last bits of performance from an over-bloated XP.

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  1. Everton / Jun 12 2007 11:38 am


    Thanks for the link, but can you remove the PDF please.



  2. Andrew / Aug 5 2007 4:13 am

    1. Cacheman includes a performance slowing RAM optimizer and other useless tweaks such as IOPagelocklimit.

    2. The Paging File information is total nonsense, leave it at system managed.

    3. Turning off System Restore does not improve performance.

    4. The /prefetch:1 switch is a total Myth

    5. Deleting Temp Files does not improve performance, it only improves Disk Space and irresponsibly telling people to create a useless Batch file that runs at system shutdown to delete these will REDUCE shutdown times.

    6. ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1 is a total Myth and does absolutely nothing on Windows XP.

    This guide also includes other erroneous items that have not been proven to improve performance or is simply bad advice. It should be called the “The Completely Guide to Useless and Performance Slowing Tweaks”.

    Oh and Optimising should be spelled – Optimizing

    XP Myths

  3. geekopedia / Aug 5 2007 11:49 am


    Are you working for Microsoft ? also ask the author of the original article to change the spelling of Optimising and not to me.

  4. Andrew / Aug 6 2007 4:49 pm

    Talking to the author is a waste of time. All these issues were brought to his attention and he simply irresponsibly refuses to fix them. No I do not work for Microsoft. Notive my email address does not say My problem is with people spreading bad and useless advice.

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