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Old July 31st 11, 04:13 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
mp[_2_]
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Default tips on speeding up xp

anyone have some sites that explain things one could do to speed up xp?
i have limited knowlege of system stuff but fairly expert at
autocad/office./programming vb type of stuff

xp pro version 2002 sp2
intel pent 3, 601MHz, 384 mb ram

I probably should upgrade system but for now would like to get this running
as fast as possible.
mostly used by wife for email and browsing but runs super slow
(i know thatt's not an exact technical term, just my subjective opinion)


have scanned with malwarebytes anti-malware and avast home ediditon virus
scan, both clean reports

thanks for any tips
mark


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Old January 8th 12, 09:52 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
mp[_2_]
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Default tips on speeding up xp

a very belated thank you to all who responded to my old message
Thanks
Mark

"mp" wrote in message ...
anyone have some sites that explain things one could do to speed up xp?
i have limited knowlege of system stuff but fairly expert at
autocad/office./programming vb type of stuff

xp pro version 2002 sp2
intel pent 3, 601MHz, 384 mb ram

I probably should upgrade system but for now would like to get this
running as fast as possible.
mostly used by wife for email and browsing but runs super slow
(i know thatt's not an exact technical term, just my subjective opinion)


have scanned with malwarebytes anti-malware and avast home ediditon virus
scan, both clean reports

thanks for any tips
mark




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Old January 9th 12, 12:34 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
Tim Meddick[_3_]
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Default tips on speeding up xp

Please excuse also, the equally belated reply ;

But I had to let you "in" on the little bit of [free] software, that
compliments [defag.exe] perfectly!

Without the need to be so drastic (and, IMHO, anal about it) as to
introduce yet more 3rd-party code to your machine. The general idea, with
this tiny app, is to remedy a bad habit of the XP Disk Defragmenter's...

After it's "Analysis" run, [defrag.exe]** builds it's planned manoeuvres
on the basis of a compromise between the total size of continuity of data
it can achieve against the maximum number of files it can achieve in making
contiguous.

It will always end in compromise unless you happen to have approximately
enough free space, left on the disc, equivalent to twice the size of that
of the largest fragmented file.

These algorithms result, more often than not, in there being just one large
file, left fragmented into a very large number of parts, but not assessed,
by [defrag.exe] to be worth de-fragmenting.

One solution is to get hold of some 3rd-party application that may have
slightly differing algorithms to that of [defrag.exe] and so produce a
deferent outcome.


However, one tiny program [contig.exe] solves this problem without the need
for a large install of replacement defragmentation software...

After allowing defrag to complete it's run, turn to the "Report" button
(MMC Console interface), and look at the number of fragments belonging to
the remaining files, and select, by far and away, the file with the largest
number of fragments. It is this filename that becomes the target of our
small utility [contig.exe] typed at a Window's Command Prompt.

Type [cmd.exe] into the "Run" box on the Start Menu to start a Window's
Command Prompt.

contig.exe [[path][filename]]

E.G.;
contig.exe "C:\Program Files\Winimage\FlashBackup\FLASH01.IMA"

Also, type the following, at the "Prompt", for syntax usage and help :

contig.exe -?

The resulting graphical (MMC Interface) then change from a chaotic mix of
red, white and blue, to one that resembles the description imagined by Mr
"mp" .

[Contig.exe] can be downloaded [free] by clicking on the link below...
just unzip to a location on your hard-drive that is listed in your 'path'
variable : i.e.: [c:\windows]

Sysinternal's Contig.exe [102Kb] :
http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/Contig.zip

==

Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. :-)


** Not strictly [defrag.exe] which merely initializes either the
[dfrgntfs.exe] or [dfrgfat.exe] modules, depending of type of filesystem
employed on the disk.


"mp" wrote in message
...
a very belated thank you to all who responded to my old message
Thanks
Mark

"mp" wrote in message
...
anyone have some sites that explain things one could do to speed up xp?
i have limited knowlege of system stuff but fairly expert at
autocad/office./programming vb type of stuff

xp pro version 2002 sp2
intel pent 3, 601MHz, 384 mb ram

I probably should upgrade system but for now would like to get this
running as fast as possible.
mostly used by wife for email and browsing but runs super slow
(i know thatt's not an exact technical term, just my subjective opinion)


have scanned with malwarebytes anti-malware and avast home ediditon
virus scan, both clean reports

thanks for any tips
mark





 




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