How to Make Windows XP More Efficient

Speed up Windows XP Defrag Process.

A simple way to do that is by restarting computer before doing defrag process to let operating system clean its swap/paging files and reset them to default. Another method to speed up defrag process is by bringing defrag process at startup. You can do that easily by editing registry.

Run Registry Editor.
Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce.
Right-click a subkey RunOnce.
Select New-String Value.
Name it as Defrag and press enter twice.
Type Defrag.exe c: /f inside Value Data text box and click ok.
Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.

Defrag Process will start after you type password and press enter. Remember that the value in RunOnce will be deleted after running Defrag Process.

Clean Recent Run Windows XP Instruction List.

If you often use Run to run application, you should know that Windows XP always writes in registry called MRU (Most Recently Used). You can access it by clicking drop down arrow near Open text box.

MRU list is made in order to open the same application in the next session easily. But it will be difficult if  the list contains so many listed applications that it’s hard for you to find the desired application. Fortunately, there is a simple way to clean MRU list.

Run Regedit.exe.
Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU.
Right-click on RunMRU and select Export.
Name it as Clear Run MRU, click Save and close Regedit.exe.
Open Clear Run MRU.reg file with Notepad.
Add a minus sign (“-“) at the first of key name (in rectangle bracket).
Delete all of path keys.
Save and close Notepad.
Reboot Windows  or Log off.

Everytime you want to clean MRU list, just double-click Clear Run MRU.reg file.

Turn Off  Windows Messenger.

Windows Messenger automatically runs because of Outlook Express Program or another Microsoft web page. If you have already used MSN Messenger for chatting or video conferencing, you may not need  to use Windows Messenger anymore. That is why it needs to be removed from startup.

Open Run dialog box by pressing [Windows]+R or from Start-Run.
Type inside the dialog box: “Gpedit.msc and click OK to run Group Policy Editor.
Open Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Messenger.
Double-click “Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run.
Choose Enabled then click OK.
Finally, close Group Policy Editor.
Use Letters to Access Local Folder Location.  

When we work in Local Area Network, usually we use “Map Network Drive” instruction to mark our drives with letters. For example: C for Local Disk, D for disk partition, or maybe H for our Network Neigbourhood’s drive. We can use letter to access folder location too. Why bother do several clicks to access folder location, if there’s a simple way just by doing double click. There are many Windows users who don’t realize this. We can use an old DOS instruction called SUBST.

Open Command Prompt from Start-All Programs-Accessories-Command Prompt.
Type: SUBST x: C:\[pathname]\[foldername], where “x” is virtual drive letter and “[pathname]\foldername]” is completed path you choose. An example: SUBST Z: C:\Windows\Fonts. Now, you can access Fonts Music folder just simply by clicking Z letter.

To delete a substituted (virtual) drive:


Make Instant Restore Point

Usually you make restore point manually by clicking Start-All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Restore. Then, you will follow the wizard. There is an instant way just by hitting one click. All you need to do is making two lines simple VBScript by using WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) to access Class SystemRestore and to make Restore Point.

Run Notepad.
Type in the first line: Set IRP = getobject(“winmgmts:\.\root\default:Systemrestore”)
Type in the second line: MYRP = IRP.createrestorepoint (“My Restore Point”, 0, 100).
Save the file as InstantRestorePoint.vbs.

Every time you want to make Restore Point, just double-click on the file.