Speed up XP or Vista in 20 seconds

Yes, you heard it right, 20 seconds! That's all it takes to speed up your Windows Vista. This also applies to Windows XP.

You don't need to be a tech savvy or an expert to do this. What you need is a basic computer know-how to get things done.

Windows Vista and XP use system resources for visuals and effects, which slows down computer speed especially the low-end ones that lack sufficient RAM for display and memory-related functions.

What we are going to do is to improve performance with minimal system resources being utilized. At first, you may think the tweak will make your computer ugly but we made a little modification to the usual process to maintain good visuals.

Let's start.

1. Right-click My Computer or access it from Start > Computer then right-click.

2. Choose Properties, and then click the Advanced system settings.

3. From Advanced, click Settings.

4. Then check Adjust for best performance under Visual Effects.

5. Now check the following:
  • Show shadows under menus
  • Smooth edges of screen fonts
  • Use common tasks in folders
  • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons
6. Click Apply then OK.

That's it. Did you beat the time?