Chapter 11. Optimizing Performance

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to:

  • Monitor performance using Task Manager and System Monitor.

  • Reduce the time it takes for Windows XP to start up.

  • Set up Windows XP to maximize application performance.

  • Get the most out of your hard disk.

  • Tweak Windows XP’s virtual memory settings for optimum performance.

We often wonder why our workaday computer chores seem to take just as long as they ever did, despite the fact that our hardware is, generally speaking, bigger, better, and faster than ever. The answer to this apparent riddle is related to Parkinson’s Law of Data, which states that data expands to fill the space available for storage. On a more general level, Parkinson’s Law could be restated as follows: The increase ...

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