Monday, November 19, 2007

Cut Down The Boot Time (Disable Splash Screen XP)

It is possible to disable XP splash screen, which will slightly speed up the overall boot process. Be aware that removing the splash screen will also cause you not to see any boot-up messages that might come up (chkdsk, convert ... ), but if your system runs without any problems then it should not matter.

1. Edit boot.ini ( Type C:\boot.ini in Address Bar to open it )

2. Add " /noguiboot" right after "/fastdetect".

(or check the /noguiboot switch in msconfig on the boot.ini tab)

Upon restarting, the splash screen will be gone. It can be re-enabled by removing the new switch.

Below is an unique technique for XP, which could improve the performance significantly by tweaking the prefetcher (which is a cache folder).

1. Run "regedit";

2. Goto [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters\EnablePrefetcher];

3. Set the value to either 0-Disable, 1-App launch prefetch, 2-Boot Prefetch, 3-Both ("3" is recommended).

4. Reboot.

It should decrease the boot time and the time it takes to load programs.

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