Top 10 Windows XP Tips of All Time

It’s a pretty good top ten I think, anybody have an they think were missed? Here’s number 10, see the whole article, here.

Tip 10: Halt background services to improve performance.

This tip is one of our favorites because it always works. Running in the background of Windows are scores of services, small processes used by Windows and many Windows applications. The thing is, you don’t need all these services ? especially for applications you never use ? and many of them actually slow your PC down.

Win XP power users have long known that you can easily eke a little extra performance out of your PC by disabling services that are completely unnecessary or that don’t need to be running all the time. Here’s how it works.

1. Click Start > Run, type services.msc and click OK. This will bring up the Services management console. Click on the Extended tab at the bottom of this window; each background service running on your PC is listed here. Windows includes a fairly detailed description of each service; simply drag the Description column wider to read more of each description, or click on a service to see its full description in the left pane.

2. Double-click a service to bring up a window with several options. In the Startup Type area, you can set the service to run automatically in the background at all times so it’s ready whenever it’s needed, or you can tell it to run manually, which means you’ll have to go into this Services management console and re-enable it if an application needs it.