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Old 09-03-02, 01:20 PM
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Just reinstalled XP Home. Have some questions to make it faster --

1. Outlook Express got installed on there. How can I uninstall it?

2. What other programs can I uninstall that Windows installs, to mak things run faster?

3. I Downloaded some drives for my Nvidia Xtacy Ti 400 (Geforce3) When I am browing the web, the picsutres don't look as "sharp" Also, I lost my cool Nvidia control setup boxes (I could usually get them by right clicking on desktop and then going to settings, and the Nvidia stuff would have its own tab)

4. Will adding a new themes to my computer slow things down?

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what kind of computer system setup you have? a p4 800mhz would be ablet to outperform a p4 1.2ghz, if the 1.2ghz has useless crap on the HD.
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what kind of computer system setup you have? a p4 800mhz would be ablet to outperform a p4 1.2ghz, if the 1.2ghz has useless crap on the HD.

Dell Dimension XPS-T
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Re: Just reinstalled XP Home. Have some questions to make it faster --

Uninstalling Outlook Experss won't make anything faster, since it isn't running until you start it. You can still save space though. Go to the add/remove control panel, then click on "Add/Remove Windows Components". IE and OE are there.

The drivers that you seek can be downloaded from www.nvidia.com. Get the latest Detonator drivers and you will get the Nvidia tabs back.

Adding new themes won't slow you down until you start to use it. Using a theme will slow you down though, and some themes will slow you down more than others.
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This might help:

Ten Ways To Make Windows XP Run Better
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The drivers that you seek can be downloaded from www.nvidia.com. Get the latest Detonator drivers and you will get the Nvidia tabs back.
Just be sure that after you download the new drivers (I think the version number is 40.82), do NOT install them over your existing drivers. Right click on the desktop, and go through the tabs until you get to the "change adapter" tab. Then select VGA/PCI device (which will allow windows to use the onboard vid drivers for the moment), reboot - the desktop will probably look crappy, but not to worry. Then, go to Add/Remove programs, and remove the driver set you installed - then reboot yet again. Now, install the new driver set (the .EXE you got from Nvidia.com) and follow the usual install prompts.

As for uninstalling Windows apps to speed things up, I don't recall XP adding anything all that crazy when I installed it - and I used XP Pro. I also kept (and use) OE for some email and newsgroup reading, and I never noticed it slowing me down. Is the PC running noticeably slower than it was earlier? Also, have you updated any and all software/hardware to XP specs? IE, I had to update my Roxio CD app, my scanner drivers, the sound card drivers, etc. Check to see whats starting up on you when you boot also, if you have MS Office on there, disable the find-fast shortcut in the Startup folder.

I have found XP Pro to be a hell of a lot faster (overall) than 98SE - and a lot more stable. Home should be even faster, as it's the "lite" version of Pro (for lack of a better term).

It's nice to hear the Powerleap is still running the show

edit : I also believe you are very much into graphic or digital editing - both of which require large amouts of space, resources and RAM. Space can be achieved with a large drive (or 2, as in my case). Resources can be freed via shutting down non-essential services, or from apps running on boot/in the background. RAM is where it gets good - XP loves RAM! The more, the better. I believe you and I share the same motherboard, or close to it - in any event, if you use SiSoftSandra, it should be able to give you the max amount and type of RAM your board can hold. For example, I ran it and it told me that I can max out at 768 megs of SDRAM, PC100. At the time, RAM was ridiculously cheap, so I went to www.crucial.com and - no exaggeration - picked up 3 256 DIMMS of SDRAM for just over $100 - including next-day shipping. I would asssume your board uses either this or PC133 RAM (probably 133, but check to be sure) and if so , I would go ahead and max that RAM out. If digital editing is anything like converting .AVI files to MPEG2 files for VCD burning (at least in a time-consuming way) then you'll definitely want more RAM. A faster CPU would help a lot also, but we both know that you're running as fast as you can on that board

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Just be sure that after you download the new drivers (I think the version number is 40.82), do NOT install them over your existing drivers. Right click on the desktop, and go through the tabs until you get to the "change adapter" tab. Then select VGA/PCI device (which will allow windows to use the onboard vid drivers for the moment), reboot - the desktop will probably look crappy, but not to worry. Then, go to Add/Remove programs, and remove the driver set you installed - then reboot yet again. Now, install the new driver set (the .EXE you got from Nvidia.com) and follow the usual install prompts.

As for uninstalling Windows apps to speed things up, I don't recall XP adding anything all that crazy when I installed it - and I used XP Pro. I also kept (and use) OE for some email and newsgroup reading, and I never noticed it slowing me down. Is the PC running noticeably slower than it was earlier? Also, have you updated any and all software/hardware to XP specs? IE, I had to update my Roxio CD app, my scanner drivers, the sound card drivers, etc. Check to see whats starting up on you when you boot also, if you have MS Office on there, disable the find-fast shortcut in the Startup folder.

I have found XP Pro to be a hell of a lot faster (overall) than 98SE - and a lot more stable. Home should be even faster, as it's the "lite" version of Pro (for lack of a better term).

It's nice to hear the Powerleap is still running the show

edit : I also believe you are very much into graphic or digital editing - both of which require large amouts of space, resources and RAM. Space can be achieved with a large drive (or 2, as in my case). Resources can be freed via shutting down non-essential services, or from apps running on boot/in the background. RAM is where it gets good - XP loves RAM! The more, the better. I believe you and I share the same motherboard, or close to it - in any event, if you use SiSoftSandra, it should be able to give you the max amount and type of RAM your board can hold. For example, I ran it and it told me that I can max out at 768 megs of SDRAM, PC100. At the time, RAM was ridiculously cheap, so I went to www.crucial.com and - no exaggeration - picked up 3 256 DIMMS of SDRAM for just over $100 - including next-day shipping. I would asssume your board uses either this or PC133 RAM (probably 133, but check to be sure) and if so , I would go ahead and max that RAM out. If digital editing is anything like converting .AVI files to MPEG2 files for VCD burning (at least in a time-consuming way) then you'll definitely want more RAM. A faster CPU would help a lot also, but we both know that you're running as fast as you can on that board

Thank you as always sir
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There are about 4 or 5 different versions. Which one will definitlewy work with XP?

I want to use this for MY comp, AND my friend's computer. He really wants to upgrade his RAM, but is getting conflicting info from HP and Crucial.

Good old Sandra should sort it out :_
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