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By john.cb1 ·
Does anyone know of a good software that does defragging. I have tried Diskeeper but it did not work very good.

Is there a software that will speed up my windows xp start up.

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by TheChas In reply to Defragging

After Diskeeper, my next suggestion would be Vopt from Golden Bow Systems.

http://www.goldenbow.com/VoptXP.htm

As far as speeding up the boot process, the best thing you can do is to:

Disable unused IDE drive channels so that the BIOS won't spend any time looking for a drive that is not there.

Reduce the number of programs that run / load at startup.

Use sleep mode or hibernate instead of a full shut-down.
(for security purposes, you may want to disable wake on LAN or wake on Ring in BIOS settings)

Chas

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by CG IT In reply to Defragging

I use Norton Systemworks. Haven't had any problems using their speed disk defragger with Windows XP and if I do it regularly, doesn't take a couple of hours to complete.

A pretty decent source for the lay person on Windows is PC World Magazine [they have a web site where you can view their Windows tips and tricks articles]. For the tech I would say Windows & .Net Magazine. Both will say that to speed up start up, disable unused or unneeded services. Here's what Windows & .Net Magazine gives for a few services that can be turned off on XP computer in a network environment. ref: page 88 of Windows & .Net Magazine Dec 2003 issue: Automatic Updates Service, Messenger Service, TCP/IP over NetBIOS,Wireless Zero Configuration Service, Upload Manager Service,Task Scheduler Service, Error Reporting Service,Remote Registry Service,Server Service,Computer Browser Service. There are caveats to turning off these services. If it's needed, then don't turn it off.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Defragging

We need more information to help you.

By not working very good do you mean, it didn't speed your computer up?

Unless your hard drive is going bad, almost any defragger works adequately give the right opportunity.

Some other things to check:


1. Make sure you don't have a CD in the drive.
2. Run updated Adaware and SpyBot weekly and remove everything they find.
3. Remove everything from Startup that isn't essential.
4. Remove files from Windows\Temp on a regular basis.
5. Make sure you have enough memory and Windows handles Virtual Memory.

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