Troubleshooting slow Windows XP machines is a common IT task, and some of the culprits are pretty obvious. It could just be a question of upgrading the memory or disabling some of the unneeded applications that kick in at start-up. But if you've ruled those out, adjusting XP's own Performance Options settings may do the trick. In this IT Dojo video, I'll go over several tweaks to speed up Windows XP.
After watching the video, you can read more on Windows XP tweaks in Scott Lowe's article, "Adjust these performance options to speed up Windows XP"—the basis for this video.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.