Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Sep 2006 20:37 UTC
Windows "Most of us have had a brand new computer at one time. It's a great feeling. You boot up windows and within 30 seconds you are surfing the net, checking your email, or playing your favorite game. 10 months down the road things aren't so nice anymore. You power up your computer and it seems to take forever to load. Even when you are careful about what you install it seems that each day it takes longer for it to boot. It's not your imagination - and there are a couple of good tips to keep your boot time short and sweet."
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Just for the record
by OSGuy on Sat 9th Sep 2006 01:03 UTC
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I followed all the instructions in the article presented and my XP machine did increase the booting speed noticeably. I don't know if anyone read the entire article but let me show you some of the text:

The first thing to note is the next reboot will be slow. This is because windows needs to relearn the prefetch for system files. Subsequent boots will run much faster since the sludge of programs has been removed, and only new ones are in the cache.


The trouble is that it will only help you for a while - until the prefetch gets clogged up again. We need to edit a registry key to tweak it. Open regedit and browse to this key:

We don't want to disable it entirely. This would actually make boot times *longer*. This is because this feature is also used to speed up the loading of boot files. That is why we are going to pick the number 2 option. It allows us to keep the advantage of caching system files, without continually clogging the system up with applications.

Set the value to 2 and reboot.

The 2nd time you boot it should boot much faster

and now you need to read on. I followed the instructions carefully. I don't know who is right and who is wrong but my XP machine DEFINITELY loads quicker, pretty much like when I first installed XP.

You will need to restart Windows a few times before you notice the difference. I guess it detects which are the new files that need to be prefetched. Also the article has been updated:

Update (09/08/2006) - There has been some controversy about the prefetch folder. I think this issue needs to be looked into. I did have a reputable source for this information: It was the "Windows XP Annoyances" book by O'Reilly. Page 210. Titled "Keeping an eye on prefetch"

Edited 2006-09-09 01:09

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