QUOTE(Anomaly @ Sep 14 2005, 04:35 AM)
After years of putting up with Win98 I have what I think is the best system for XP.
I have my HDDs separated in three partitions - System, Apps and Data. I keep a Norton Ghost image of the System and Apps partitions and the Data is backed up normally.
So, whenever XP screws up, I just extract the Ghost image over System. Very quick and easy, and no need to format. It's back up in 15 minutes max.
Also, I only keep the apps I actually need on the PC and if I really need to try out something new, immediately uninstall it afterwards. With a 100Mbps internet connection my PC spends most of its life dowloading stuff, not actually running applications beyond Internet Explorer.
Anyway, I can't recommend separating the XP system part enough. Also, whenever you install something, make sure it's not installed in C:\Program files. Just get into the habit of changing it to D:\Program files. This way your backup of C: is always very light.
XP may not be perfect, but it's 1000% better than that Win98 POS.
That doesnt do anything performance wise, and is really just another hassle. If you wanted to you could use an extra hard drive to install programs to, but partitioning wont do anything for you in the ways of performance. Its usually just used for installing multiple OS's.
If your computer slow's down, there is a reason, and there are backgroud programs or a virus running. Computers dont just slow down over time for no reason. Some things you should do is defrag often, at least once a month. Set it to do it automatically when your asleep the first day of the month and then your not bothered with it interupting your computer needs. Something I cannot stress enough is not to visit porn sites. I know most of you probably do, and thats your choice, but porn not site not only cause a huge amount of spyware, but they also control your browser from time to time. Another thing is to delet your cookies every month and also your history. One of the best things to do is to install a mozilla browser (firefox or mozilla, I have both and they each have their ups and downs) and to never use IE again.
Have you ever just sat at you computer and watched pop-up's come up? Thats from IE's crappy security. Now Mozilla and Firefox can both do the same thing, but its more of a rare ocassion and once you stop the EXE (ctrl-alt-del then stop the process tree) it stops until you visit a site that demands you install their "software" aka spyware, and if you close the window they bring up 20 or 30 more windows all different sizes and it just keeps spreading. Mozilla or firefox are both extremely great browsers. Ive been using them both for about a year. My only complaint is that Mozilla has been controlled by certain sites and some pop ups still get to me every now and then, my only complaint with Firefox is for no reason, the program will close at random at least once every 3 months and when I try to open it again it will say to choose a profile, and when I try to open my profile it says its being used, then nomatter what you do, all your bookmarks are gone when you can get your profile back up and running. I have over 30 favorites and bookmarks, the most used being on the tabbed toolbar and having to re-do them every 3 months makes me mad. I hope they can fix that problem soon tho.
Another thing I do is right click on the C drive icon in my computer and turn off indexing. That seems to speed it up a little and I never use the search feature on my computer anyway. And there are other tips and tricks you can use through the admin tools to make it faster and stuff, but its just little things like turning wireless support off and im not going to go into detail because most people that will try it will turn something off that they need and then it wont work and they will freak out.