How to Fix Windows XP

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.
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20 comments on “How to Fix Windows XP
  1. Sunny Bhasin says:

    Nice one 🙂
    Why don’t you use bookmarking plugins ???

    • Tech Nascent says:

      hi Sunny Bhasin,
      thanks for the comment and welcome to technascent,

      i use the bookmarks plugin, just had unactivated it due to an update failure, working on it, it will be up live now in the next few minutes…

      • Demi.Moore says:

        Yes, as IndiaBol.in saied that windows xp is so far the most stable and compatible operating system Microsoft has ever produced, so there are many people they just continus to use it in the future as far as Windows 7 is stable engouh to be relaible.

        As we choose a best registry cleaner or optimizer, there two thingd we should do before pay for it:

        1> check ou the review of registry optimizer & cleaner
        2> download and free scan your PC to check out the ease of use and functionality of the interface.

        Taking these into consideration you should then make sure that it has full technical support with regular software updates.

  2. Basant Singh says:

    CCleaner is best reg cleaner. Moreover it’s FREE 🙂
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  3. Rajesh Kanuri says:

    CCleaner is the best registry cleaner and moreover it is free..
    .-= Rajesh Kanuri´s last blog ..How to Backup Your Current WordPress Theme =-.

    • Tech Nascent says:

      hi Rajesh Kanuri,
      welcome to technascent and thanks for the comments,

      i have reviewed ccleaner about a year back – http://technascent.com/ccleaner-review/

      regards,
      uttoransen,

  4. Arafat Hossain Piyada says:

    Nice OS optimization tips. The ‘sfc /scannow’ command is unknown to me. Though I recently switch Windows 7 but I yet love to share these tips with my friends.
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    • Tech Nascent says:

      hi Arafat Hossain Piyada,
      welcome to technascent and thanks for your comments,

      let me know if the command works in windows 7 or not, am also planning to move on to windows7 pretty soon,

  5. Sire says:

    I suggest that you also go through the ‘add remove programs’ section to delete any programs that you no longer use. This will free up disk space as well as some resources.
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    • Tech Nascent says:

      hi Sire,
      welcome to technascent, and thanks for your comments,

      nice suggestions, there are plenty of screensavers and small little softwares like toolbars etc which we never really need, removing those will not only free up the space but also might remove some of the spyware/adware etc. that they might be having…

  6. Ileane says:

    Hi Tech Nascent,

    This is my first visit to your blog and I find it very enjoyable. I will be sticking with Windows XP, mainly because of my day job. Our IT group never updates the browsers or operating systems until the next version comes out (although in this case I think they are going to skip Vista, LOL).

    I do think I am the victim of some registry problems. When I upgraded from IE6 to IE8 I was told, that some of the registry files did not over write the old ones from IE6. I’m not sure how to go about fixing that issue.

    At home I am using Norton 360 because there was some virus that ad-aware could not repair (sometime when you use free tools you get what you pay for). The Norton 360 has done a fine job and I always recommend it.

    Thanks for the post, it is quite interesting.
    @Ileane
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    • Tech Nascent says:

      hi Ileane,
      welcome to Tech Nascent and thanks for your comments,

      yep, there is no alternative for quality paid softwares like norton, and yes, do remind your IT group to skip vista for good, its way to troublesome… compatibility issues, driver mismatch, crashes… windows7 sounds lot more stable and compatible, am planning to buy it in a months time,

      about the registry issues, you can try the ccleaner as suggested above from almost everyone, there’s a lot of registry cleaners and almost all works good.

      However, i would suggest to leave the Internet explorer and try mozila firefox, it is the best browser you will ever find. try it once and you won’t fall back to any version of internet explorer ever,
      cheers!

  7. Sourish Nath says:

    Hey Uttoran,

    I just found you out while googling , and this a really nice blog. 🙂
    Expect me to be a frequent visitor here. Will read all your posts. I am a blogger myself , and belong to Siliguri , West Bengal. We can link exchange in our Blogroll’s. Let me know if you are interested.
    Thanks ,

    Regards ,
    Sourish
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    • Tech Nascent says:

      hi Sourish,
      welcome to tech nascent and thanks for your comments,

      that’s a great blog you got, and i have added you on twitter as well. I don’t do link exchange but i always link to good posts 🙂

      regards,
      uttoransen,

  8. Phaoloo says:

    Recently I move to XPSP3 and it works great, it also automatically fixes some errors but using 3rd tools doing this job is far more effective. I like CCleaner to clean bad files as well as privacy.
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  9. TechChunks says:

    Great post! What is best about it is the fact that these tips work on other advanced versions of Windows as well 🙂
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