How to Speed Up Windows XP

If your Windows XP-equipped operating system is getting sluggish, this guide will help you give your computer a little more pep.

You will need

  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Time

Step 1 Defragment your computer Use the Defragment and Disk Cleanup options on your computer by going to the Tools tab under Properties for your hard drive.

Step 2 Empty the Startup folder Empty your Startup folder to decrease boot time by clicking on the Start button, selecting Programs, and then deleting items in the Startup folder.

Step 3 Delete large files Delete large files, such as movies, music, or pictures, to free up memory on your hard drive. Then empty the Recycle Bin on your Desktop.

Step 4 Update virus protection Update your virus and spyware protection and run a full system scan. This may also take some time, so be prepared to wait.

Step 5 Upgrade Upgrade your computer with a faster processor, more memory, and the latest operating system if you need a more dramatic increase in performance.