Friday, December 24, 2010

Tips to Increase Games Performance in Windows XP



How does Windows affect my gaming performance?

The Windows operating system is not meant for one single purpose, compared to a gaming console. It is built to deal with all kinds of tasks, such as surfing the Web, editing photos, running office applications, connecting to social networks, and much, much more. All of these tasks need dozens of background processes and services running at the same time which take up processor and memory resources. So, unlike a console, your hardware is not able to solely focus on gaming. To increase speed for gaming purposes, it is vital that you reduce all of the unnecessary background activity on your system.

Step 1: Perform a clean startup

When you start Windows, there are many applications and services that run automatically at the same time. Overall performance will noticeably improve after you’ve unchecked all of the unnecessary programs that slow down your PC. Then, to increase your speed, run Windows without any third-party services reducing even more background activity
  • Click on Start
  • Click on Run and type msconfig
  • Select the “Services” tab, check “Hide all Microsoft services” and then, click on “Disable all”.
  • This will prevent all of the services installed by third-party providers such as backup services from running. You don’t need these for gaming! However, if there is a service that you desperately want, just check the box. Once you’re finished, click “OK”.
  • After restart, you may notice that startup was a bit faster, and the overall responsiveness of Windows increased.
Step 2: Disable all animations and 3D effects
  • Click on Start
  • Right-click on “My Computer
  • Select “Properties
  • Under the “Advanced” tab, select “Settings” under “Performance
  • select the “Adjust for best performance” setting. Click “OK
Step 3: Defrag your Hard-Drive / Keep it clean
  • You should also do regular hard-drive defrags. Doing a regular Defrag rearranges the files on your hard drive so it is quicker to access.
  • Try and keep your hard-drive as clean as possible. Remove unneeded programs and files. A helpful, and free, cleaning program is CCleaner.
  • CCleaner will remove unneeded temporary files, fix registry issues and more.

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