Faster Browsing On Your Windows XP computer

Here’s a great tip to speed up your browsing on Windows XP machines. Its actually created to fix the bug installed as default in Windows 2000 that scans shared files for Scheduled Tasks. And it turns out that you can experience a slow response as long as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a network because Windows 2000 is using the extra time to search the remote computer for any Scheduled Tasks. Note that this fix is originally intended for only those affected, Windows 2000 users will experience that the actual browsing speed of both the Internet & Windows Explorers improve significantly after applying it since it doesn’t search for Scheduled Tasks anymore. Here’s how :

Open up the Registry and go to :
HKEY_L0CAL_MACHINE/Sftware/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace
Under that branch, select the key :
and delete it.
This is key that commands Windows to search for Scheduled Tasks. If you like you may try exporting the exact branch so that you can restore the key if necessary.
This fix is so effective that it doesn’t require a restart and you can almost immediately determine yourself how much it speeds up your browsing processes.

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    Get your Windows XP start 60% faster – Part 2

    Published by nimsrules

    Print Spooler: If you do not do any printing from the computer, you can disable this
    service. If you print, make sure you leave it as automatic.

    Remote Registry: This service allows remote users to modify the Registry on your
    computer. If you are not on a network, you can disable this service.

    System Restore Service: This service allows you to use System Restore. If you have
    turned off System Restore anyway, you do not need to turn off the service. If you do, you
    turn off System Restore.

    Themes: If you do not use themes, you can disable this service.

    Windows Image Acquisition: If you do not use scanners or digital cameras, you can
    disable this service.

    Wireless Zero Configuration: If do not use wireless networking devices, you can disable
    this service.

    You may have a number of other automatic services, depending on software and other
    configurations on your computer. So it’s a good idea to look through the services and
    learn more about them. If you double-click a service, a Properties dialog box appears

    Notice that on the General tab, you see a Startup Type drop-down menu. If you want to
    change an automatic service to manual, select Manual here and click OK. As a general
    rule, don’t disable a service unless you are sure you will never use it. However, manual
    configuration allows the service to be started when you find it necessary, thus speeding
    up your boot time.

    However, before you change a service to manual, look at the Dependencies tab (see
    Figure 4-4). This tab shows you which other services depend upon the service you are
    considering changing.

    Keep in mind that services are necessary for the vast functionality you get with Windows
    XP. Change only those services that you understand and do not use. How you use your
    Windows XP computer should be the best guide in terms of optional startup services.


    The Indexing service and the System Restore service take up a lot of disk space and
    system resources across the board. You can live without the Indexing service but I
    suggest that you keep using System Restore. It works great when you are in a bind and
    this is one case where the loss of speed may not be worth the ramifications of not using
    System Restore.

    Speed Tips and Tricks for Windows XP Startup
    Aside from startup programs, services, and the Prefetch folder, there are a number of
    other startup procedures and issues you can modify to help Windows XP start faster. The
    following sections explore those tips and tricks.

    Manual IP Addressing on Small Office/Home Networks

    Windows XP is configured to help you take care of networking. It uses the TCP/IP
    protocol for networking in workgroups, or what you might call small office or home
    networks that do not use a dedicated server.

    The problem is that automatic IP addressing can be slow. When your computer boots, it
    has to query the network to see what IP addresses are already in use and then assign itself
    one. If you want to speed up the boot time a bit, consider manually assigning IP addresses
    to all computers on the network. This way, the network computers do not have to worry
    about locating an automatic IP address. Because one is manually configured, the
    operating system doesn’t have to spend time solving this problem.

    This isn’t a networking book, however, so I won’t delve into the implications of using a
    manual IP address, but if you are using a computer that functions as a host computer to
    the Internet (using Internet Connection Sharing [ICS]), you can get into connectivity
    problems if you change the configuration of the IP address. However, you can still work
    around this problem by starting with the ICS host computer.

    Select Start/Connect To/Show All Connections. Right-click your network adapter card
    and click Properties. On the General tab, select TCP/IP in the list of services and click the
    Properties button.

    In the TCP/IP properties, you can see if you use an automatic or manual IP address. In
    the example in Figure 4-5, I have configured a manual IP address of and a
    default subnet mask. The other computers on my office network each use a different IP
    address in the same class, such as,,, and so on. This way, each
    computer has a permanent IP address, which helps increase boot time. Note that if you
    change the IP addresses of your computers, they must all use the same subnet mask. A
    default subject mask of will keep you in good shape.

    Make sure you understand the implications of changing IP addresses on your network. If
    you have no networking experience at all, you may be wiser to leave the automatic IP
    addressing as is and try to gain some speed using the additional suggestions in this

    Disabling Recent Documents History

    Windows XP includes a feature that keeps track of all recent documents you have opened
    or used. The idea is that you can select Start/Recent Documents History and quickly
    reopen any document you have recently used. I use many documents each day and never use the feature myself. In my opinion, I can keep up with what I want to use without
    Windows XP doing it for me.

    The bad thing about Recent Documents History is that Windows XP has to calculate what
    should be put there each time you boot Windows, which can slow things down. So, if you
    never use the Recent Documents History, it’s a good idea to disable it. Here’s how:

    1. Open the Registry Editor (select Start/Run, type regedit, and click OK).
    2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mcft\Windows\
    3. Create a NoRecentDocsHistory D_WORD key. Double-click the value to open it once
    it is created.
    4. Set the Data Value to 1 to enable the restriction.
    5. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. You’ll need to restart the computer for the
    change to take effect.

    Disabling the Boot Logo

    You can remove the boot logo that appears when you start Windows XP. This little tweak
    probably shaves only a few seconds off your boot time but seconds count if you are
    serious about trying to get Windows XP up and running as quickly as possible. The only
    negative is that if you remove the boot logo, you will also not see any boot messages,
    such as check disk. (But if you are not having problems with your computer, this isn’t
    such a big deal.)

    To remove the boot logo, follow these steps:
    1. Select Start/Run, type msconfig, and click OK.
    2. In the System Configuration Utility, click the BOOT.INI tab.
    3. On the BOOT.INI tab, click the NOGUIBOOT check box option. Click OK

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