Over the past 8 or 10 years, I have been trying to find ways to speed up my PC while running Windows XP. In this post, I want to give some valuable tips on what you can do to get the most out of that computer that is still running Windows XP.
When XP came out, I new that it had some great promise over the previous operating systems, but initially it had quite a few security flaws. After Microsoft addressed the security flaws by implementing things such as the Windows Firewall then XP pretty much took over both the personal and business computer world.
With the recent release of Windows 7 and it’s gaining popularity, Windows XP is slowly being phased out both in home and work computer environments. In my opinion, Windows 7 is the best operating system release MS has ever launched. Straight out of the box, it seems to look nicer, run faster and be more secure than any other OS they have ever put out.
It is a pretty safe bet that if you have a computer running Windows XP that it is probably at least a few years old. Your PC may be reaching that tipping point where after a few years of use things are really starting to slow down on it. You may see symptoms like the following:
The computer startup time is slower than it has ever been
Programs take longer to open
The more programs you have open, the slower your PC is
Virtual memory errors
As I have said many times before, no matter what you do to your computer, it is going to slow down over time. The best thing you can do is to slow down the process of your computer slowing down.
One thing you need to realize is that when you want to speed up my Windows XP PC is that it is not going to handle many of the new programs or games that are coming on the market these days. So the lesson to be learned here is that you need to use your Windows XP computer for operations that you know it can handle. If you have the budget to buy a new computer then you could relegate your XP computer to be just a basic internet and Office application computer.
If you don’t think you are going to be able to buy a new computer in the next few years, then you may want to see about doing some minor upgrades to your Windows XP computer to help speed it up. If your in this position, I would highly recommend that your computer have no less than 4GB of RAM in it. You can find RAM upgrades on the internet at very reasonable prices. Just shop for a good deal.
Something else you may want to consider if your computer’s XP operating system has been in use for 2 or 3 years is to backup your data and perform a fresh installation of XP. I will guarantee that this will really help speed up your Windows XP Pro PC. As a rule of thumb, I perform a fresh install of my OS at least once every 2 years.
In conclusion, if you have a computer that is still running Windows XP and it seems to be performing pretty well for you, then by all means, keep it until it dies. As long as you can find a use for it in some capacity there is no need to get rid of it.
I hope that some of my tips on how I speed up my PC Windows XP will help you get the best performance out of your Windows XP computer.