How to increase the Startup speed on Windows XP?

How I increase the speed of startup for my windows XP?

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Last updated September 20, 2019 Views 2,497 Applies to:



Here are a few things that may help to speed up your computer. Not all of them will apply to you but look through the list and try those that seem appropriate:


1. Make sure you are free from malware as that can slow it down. If necessary, run your ‘anti’ programs.

2. Run disk cleanup via Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk CleanUp.

3. Don’t turn off your antivirus program, but check if it’s running a scheduled scan when you switch on the computer. If it is, reschedule it for a more appropriate time.

4. You’ll get a slightly faster start up if you optimise the boot files and applications by running a special defragmentation, i.e. in a Run window (Windows Logo key+R), type cmd and press Enter to open a command prompt then type defrag C:\ -b (note the two spaces) and press Enter.

5. When you have a slow boot, check that no external drives have media in them. If they have, experiment by booting with it inserted and without. If you have a built-in card reader remove the little plastic cover that protects the slot, which can cause a slow down, albeit rarely.

6. Remove unwanted programs that start up when you switch on the computer by downloading Microsoft’s Autoruns from here It doesn’t need installing. Run it and go to the Logon Tab and remove the tick alongside the programs you don’t want to start. It is completely reversible if you unintentionally stop the wrong program from starting up.

Also, the built-in system configuration utility (msconfig) can be used, but its primary function is to troubleshoot start up errors.

7. You can use Process Explorer to see what services are running. To see the svchost processes, let the mouse pointer hover over each svchost.exe in the left pane. Download it from here

8. This is an oldish website but much of it still applies regarding the programs that slows Windows down, here

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