Windows xp is so far the most stable and compatible operating system Microsoft has ever produced; this though is very likely to be change soon by windows 7. However, many computer users are still planning to stick to windows xp as long as they can. So in this article am going to give away some of my very best methods that I have used to keep my windows xp fast and fix windows xp when ever it had problems.
4 ways to fix windows xp:
- Registry problems – when we install any software or game it always adds some registry keys to the windows registry. Now, not every thing that we install is properly made, many shareware and freeware products leaves keys on purpose or some with improper install/uninstall or crashes leaves some keys that the registry could do without. So once in a while, use a good registry cleaner and run it. That should fix or delete unwanted registry keys and speed up windows xp, this works on other versions of windows operating systems too.
- Spyware and Malware – viruses today are classified into many parts depending on the purpose of their malicious intent, they are – spyware, adware, Malware, keyloggers etc. each with a different purpose, however the symptom which is common with all is the over all speed of your windows xp installation going slow. And that means, its time to install an anti spyware software like “ad aware se personal” or “Spybot” and have a scan of your computer. And yes, keep an anti virus; Norton for example is pretty good.
- System file missing – that can happen, since the operating system is running and working so much, file corruption can happen pretty often. So if you find the speed of your computer going slow, and you have done with the registry fix and spyware and Malware removals, its time to fix the system files. Thankfully, to do this, Microsoft has provided us with a command that works from the command prompt. To use it, just open your command prompt from – start – run, type in “cmd” and in the command prompt type – sfc /scannow this will start a small little progress bar. You will need the windows xp installation cd to finish the process successfully. The system will check for file corruption in the installation of your windows against the original files of the installation cd. Once done, the corrupted files will be replaced with the original good ones of the windows xp installation cd.
- Defrag and disk scans – First scan the disks, to do that, just right click on the drive icons in you’re “my computer” and click on properties. From there, first do a disk clean up and free up some space. Then go on to tools tab and click on the “check now” option to start the scan disk. It might schedule the scan for the next restart, if so, then make the restart once you are done. After that start the disk de-fragment option on the same tools tab. This will speed up the over all-processing of your installed applications as de-fragmentation option puts files at the front of the hard disks which increases speed and efficiency.