After having Windows XP loaded on my laptop for some time now, I noticed
that the boot time and the shutdown time were not as quick as I would like.
So after some research and help from www.Google.com, I was able to come up with
some solutions in order to speed up both processes.
There are several ways to increase the boot time. First Windows XP has a Prefetch directory
located in the Windows directory. The use of the prefetch directory is to
hold cached information regarding recently accessed files. Application as
well as boot files are cached here. You can delete all the files within the
Prefetch directory as seen in the below image that will allow faster boot
times due to less file cache reading.
Another tweak you can perform regarding Prefatch is a registry entry. If
you are not familiar with editing the registry, please see the Microsoft
knowledge base article here:
Within the registry, you can set prefetch to function in several different
ways. Prefetch can cache applications, boot up files, both, or you can disable
it completely. To improve boot speed set the following value in the registry
to a value of 2.
If you are uncomfortable with editing the registry, download the following
file here (Prefetch_Registry.zip).
Unzip it. Then double-clicking the resulting .REG file to insert the
entry into your computerís
registry. It will set the value to 2.
This should help you on your way to a speedier startup and shutdown in Windows