Redacción - Con esta pequeña guía podremos mejorar la velocidad de nuestro equipo bajo Windows XP, punto flaco de la última versión del sistema operativo de Microsoft.
Writing - With this small guide can improve the speed of our Windows XP computer , weakness of the latest Microsoft operating system .
No good having the best and latest processor market and " swing the lead " with the RAM on computers. XP takes a huge leap in terms of needs in this area and if Windows 98 with 64 MBs had more than enough in the company recommends XP 128 MBs , although our experience advises us to have 256 MB . The advantage is that XP manages memory much better on our team, taking advantage of it all ... even if it is necessary to have the required amount.
Today most equipment manufacturers and include 128 MB, but there are still some equipment on the market with less memory. Do not buy or requires that you install at least this amount
If you have already installed Windows XP on our team is easy to know whether we have enough memory. The system slows down , constantly accessing the hard disk, and at times it seems that this thinking (and doing and rearranges excess programs and files using the " paging") , obvious symptoms that are "under minimal " .
It is ideal to open the [ Task Manager ] (Windows Task Manager) time. We went to the [ Start] , select [OK ] and the dialog window that appears write [ taskmgr ] . Press [ Enter] and the Task Manager will open.
Select [ Performance] tab ( Performance) Task Manager and take note of the maximum ( " Peak" ) in the section called Commit Charge .
This section refers to the memory reserved for Windows and the applications that normally run on this operating system . This includes both the physical - memory is to say, the installed RAM , and virtual memory chips or "paging" to which we referred earlier .
The "Total" Commit Charge value refers to the total physical and virtual memory currently in use combined . The "Limit " value refers to the maximum amount of memory available before Windows increase the "paging " files. The " peak" or maximum value shows the maximum amount of memory that you used in the current session of Windows.
The lesson from this is : if the " Peak" value approaches or exceeds the amount of physical memory you have installed , consider adding more RAM. For example , if the maximum value is 551 988 and you have 256 megabytes (MB ) of RAM (or 256,000 bytes ) , that means you have half the RAM you need. You will have to add another 256 MB .
If , on the other hand, the maximum value is 551 988 and have 1 gigabyte of RAM ( about 1,000,000 bytes ) , then you have enough RAM installed , then you've just used up half of the total RAM capacity.
Includes the Performance ( Performance ) tab in the Task Manager and you will end all doubts about whether you have enough memory on your XP system.
The computer's response is much slower and can not find the reason
There are several things you can do to isolate the problem. First, make sure your PC is not overheating while using it . There are new processors built for slow if the computer overheats. Open the computer case and see if all fans are working properly.
Second , try to disable Windows Indexing Service. This service scans the content of your hard drive behind the scenes , so that the search for a particular file or the contents of a file should be faster . Unfortunately , improving the speed offered by the Indexing Service hardly guarantees the slowdown caused during normal operation of your PC.
To close this service , go to [ Start] , select [Settings ] and open the [ Control Panel ] . Within the Control Panel , double click da icon [Administrative Tools ], and when it is open , gives a double click on [Services]. Locate the Indexing Service from the list of services and provides a double -click. From the drop-down list offers you choose [Disabled (Off )] . Click the button [OK ( OK)] and salt all windows one by one .
Finally check the programs that load when you start the operating system. Go to Home program folder and see which are there. Some heavily loaded equipment and only use them sporadically , others we have installed some application that we downloaded from the network , such as Gator, and will work under the applications you have open . And finally ... do not delete the fonts you use. How many dozens of sources and finally we only use two or three ... ? . All are loaded at startup to optimize speed in use, but at the cost of overloading .
The hard drive slows
Another classic complaints from users is that the hard drive is no longer a fast mechanism to a slow device .
There are several causes of this situation. Too full and with limited space , containing misallocation or file it takes to defragment disk to sort its contents .
Here are some solutions to help us improve disk speed.
The first would be to know the capacity of free space on the device. Come on [ My Computer ] and we press the right button and from the menu select [ Properties] , then we know that we have capacity .
Note that for the system to function properly we need 3MB of free space for each MB of RAM that we have for the swap file . Ie if we have 128 MB free we must have a minimum of 512 MB .
Now we go for the second. Hard drives need desfragmanterse with asuidad . This significantly improves the speed of data access . Why? . When you delete files they are generated gaps in our record . This fools the operating system and make the most of this space saving in these places new applications or data. If the space is less than the file size dice , placing one hand there and the rest remains or elsewhere. The result? Over time, further delay to access files and programs.
One solution is to " raise the minimum space " to store data 512 KB (that is the standard set by XP ) to 2 MB . We'll stay without especio faster disk , although consiguiremos more performance-
To do this edit the System Log : [ START] + [ OK] + [ regedit ] and proceeded to [ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ File System] . Create a new DWORD value named ConfigFileAllocSizer and we put the value 2048 decimal. We close everything , reboot and go. Eye ! Our disk space will run out soon , so we will have to defrag every so
The third option we still ...
If you have a motherboard with an Intel processor will probably have more luck for faster access .
The Intel Application Accelerator is an improved version of the driver installed on your hard drive Windows XP operating system. If this accelerator works with your system, it is likely that you achieve an improvement of 60 percent or more of the speed of your hard drive.
To find out if you can use the Application Accelerator , navigate to www.intel.com / support / chipsets / iaa , read all warnings and instructions and only then transfers the accelerator and try it .
Before doing so , however , make sure to back up the entire contents of your PC , preferably with a program of " snapshot" of the disk , as DriveImage ( www.powerquest.com ) or Norton Ghost ( www. symantec.com ) . People have reported system crashes after installing the Accelerator.
Enhance compatibility in XP
Some users expressed complaints that certain programs that worked properly under earlier versions of Windows , now present some problems . This is due to the change of architecture , based on NT , including XP .
Aware of this problem , Microsoft has included a number of tools to enable the execution of programs into the new operating system. Integrated into the system is the ability to assign different compatibility modes to our applications . To activate them , we simply click on the right mouse button on an executable file and choose the [ Compatibility] option .
By using compatibility modes , activate a series of patches for Windows XP treat the relevant application as you would an earlier version of Windows. However, these quick compatibility settings do not always give the expected results, and there are many applications that refuse to run or installed under XP.
To try to give a solution to difficult cases , there is an application called QFixApp , part of a package of support that is in the Windows XP CD . His name is Application Compatibility Toolkit and is not installed by default. If you do not find in your CD , you can download the latest version from www.microsoft.com / appexperience .
With QFixApp you can select an application and specify very precisely the type of XP patches and emulations must perform to run correctly. Through a process of trial and error ( it takes patience because every program is a different world ) , you can get to properly run most applications for Windows 9x.
Long time off ...
One way to make Windows XP shuts down quickly . In order to perform necessary for Windows to close quickly changes, we modify the system registry. For that, use the registry editor , regedit.exe. We write "regedit " and press [ OK] [Start / Run].
Once in regedit , we reach the HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Control Panel / Desktop key and find the " WaitToKillAppTimeout " key . Double click it to edit it. Then , change the value of 20,000 ( which has by default ) by 4000 .
Then, without leaving the editor , we agree to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / System / Current Control / Control, to find again the " WaitToKillAppTimeout " key and repeat the procedure takes.