My Windows XP Is Running Very Slow

By Tyran DeWalt

When Windows XP is not at peak performance, use a few of its system tools to enhance it. Over time, your computer's speed decreases because of various issues, such as unorganized files, an excessive number of startup applications and possible virus infections. Speeding up the performance of Windows XP doesn't require much work. You may have it back to a workable condition in no time.

Run Microsoft Security Essentials XP

Step 1

Install Microsoft Security Essentials XP, version 1.0.1.196.3.0. Open the setup file. Click "Next" at the onscreen prompts. Read the license agreement and agree to the terms. Click "Finish" at the last prompt.

Step 2

Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop.

Step 3

Right-click the "C" drive or the letter corresponding to your hard drive.

Step 4

Click "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials..." and select the repair option when the scan is complete.

Run Disk Defragmenter

Step 1

Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop.

Step 2

Right-click the letter of the hard drive. Select "Properties" and click "Tool."

Step 3

Select "Defragment Now." Click the "Defragment Now" button to begin the defragmentation of your hard drive. This tool consolidates fragmented files, increasing access speed to files.

Disconnect Network Drives

Step 1

Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop.

Step 2

Click "Tools" on the menu bar and click "Disconnect Network Drive."

Step 3

Highlight the network drives that you do not use. Click "OK."