Some of these optimizations are for SSD speed/space or both!
- Go to add/remove programs in the control panel and remove anything you don’t want. Also click on add/remove windows components and remove anything you don’t want.
- Delete anything in the ServicePackFiles folder. These will only exist if you installed a service pack after installing windows.
NOTE: This will prevent you from uninstalling the service pack.
- Asus released a utility that essentially makes all programs installed to "C:\program files" reside on the D: drive. Some people have reported having
problems with the utility, so I suggest reading the short manual for it carefully and only doing it if you've got to this point and still need more
space. I suggest running CheckDisk on both your C: and D: drive before using the utility; I'm speculating that file system errors may be causing
some of people's problems with the utility. The current version of the utility is version 3, so it's possible that some bugs in the earlier versions
were causing some of the problems.
AutoC2D can be downloaded here:
- Delete all files used for windows updates. I suggest running Microsoft update first to make sure everything is updated
(http://update.microsoft.com). After deleting these folders, if you run Microsoft Update manually it will re-download any deleted files
needed to perform the updates (so this is safe).
-In the control panel under automatic updates turn off automatic updates.
-Delete the following two folders including all contents:
- Again, NOT recommended. Uninstaller files can take up a lot of space—613MB on my 901 as I type this. You can
completely delete the folder containing the uninstaller information, but you will obviously not be able to automatically uninstall anything after
doing this. However, one trick to automatically uninstalling a program after removing the uninstall data is to install it again over top and then
uninstall it (but this doesn't always work).
To remove the uninstaller info delete all files in the following folder:
Alternatively, there is a Microsoft program that will allow you to selectively remove uninstallers. Unfortunately it doesn’t show you how much
space each uninstaller takes up, but you can go to the installer directory, sort it by size, right click on the largest files and click properties, and
by examining the properties tab you can usually figure out what the uninstaller is for (maybe there’s an easier way of doing that that I’m not
- Upgrade DRAM memory to maximum allowed (2gb for Intel Atom based PCs) 4GB desktops (although 3GB is seen by the OS)
- Make sure that XP system files are either less than 50% of SSD disk capacity (if your machine has more than 1 SSD), or are installed on the larger of the 2.
- Remove all unnecessary Windows components and leftovers following these directions:
- Disable Windows XP prefetcher
Download Prefetcher http://mampan.org/prefetch/Disable_Prefetcher.reg and double click.
- Turn off hibernation to save space and the drive constantly updating the hibernation file.
- Turn off System Restore: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405
- Turn off Windows Disk Caching and manually delete the cache files
Start at the desktop.
Right-click on My Computer, then left-click on Properties.
Click on the Hardware tab at the top.
Click on the Device Manager button.
Click on the + next to Disk Drives to expand it.
Right click on the hard drive on which to turn write caching off, then left click Properties.
Click on the Policies tab.
Click on Enable write caching on the disk to remove the tick. It must not be ticked.
- How to Disable the 8.3 Name Creation on NTFS Partitions in XP:
To disable the 8.3 name creation on all NTFS partitions, type fsutil.exe behavior set disable8dot3 1 at a command prompt, and then press ENT
- Disable timestamp for last access to a file to speed up Windows
Another frequently seen recommendation is to disable the setting that keeps track of the last time a file. was accessed. Removing the necessity
for the system to keep reading and writing this information may speed up Windows Explorer. The command is:
fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 1
Note that some backup programs may need this information. If you wish to restore the timestamp, the command is: fsutil behavior set
- Turn off Indexing on All Drives
- Disable the NTFS Change Journal
The command is:
fsutil usn deletejournal /d