01 Launch New Folders In Different Areas
If you regularly work with large number of folder windows at the same time, you can quickly and easily improve the stability of your PC. By default, each folder you open occupies the same area of RAM. This means that Microsoft Windows XP has to do a great deal of shuffling as you flick between windows, potentially leading to crashes. In the control panel, double click Folder Options and move to the view tab. Scroll down the list in the lower portion of the dialogue box and tick “launch folder windows in a separate process” click OK.
02 Optimise The Paging File & Alter Settings
When the programs you are running have occupied all available RAM, windows XP has to use a section of your hard drive as virtual memory. This is known as the paging file and windows can change its size as and when required. You can configure virtual memory settings manually: right click my computer, select properties and go to the advanced tab. Click settings, go to the advanced tab and click change. Select the custom size option and set the initial size and maximum size to twice the amount of RAM you have installed. Click set, then OK.
03 Use The System File Checker to Repair Files
If you’re regularly encountering errors (such as warnings of missing DLL files or programs not loading) and you think that some part of windows XP may be to blame, you can check your system files to make sure they’re in good order. Go to Start> Run and type in sfc /scannow. This will check all you’re crucial windows system files to see if they’ve been edited or modified. If they have, it should bee able to replace them with backups, but if it can’t find them on your hard drive then it will need to copy them from your windows XP CD.
04 Check The Signature of Key System Files
There are some files that are essential to the smooth running of windows XP. If any of these are changed by malicious software, you may find that your computer crashes frequently or generally performs badly. There’s a built-in tool that you can use to check the signatures of these key files to ensure that they’ve not been changed. Click Start>Run, type “sigverif” and press [ENTER]. When the File Signature Verification tool loads, click the Start Button and your Hard Drive will be scanned for system files that don’t have the correct digital signature.
05 Repair Your Windows XP Instalation
If you find that Windows XP is suffering from poor performance or random crashes, don’t immediately assume that you need to reinstall everything from scratch. You may well discover that a repair installation will solve all your problems. To do this, you need to restart your computer with the Windows XP Instillation CD inserted, Press [F8] when the license agreement is shown and then press [R]. The setup routine will continue in the normal way, and any of your files that have become corrupt will be automatically replaced.