Great Find: Software Tips & Projects: Your Laptop Life-Extension Program by Computer Power User Magazine, January 2006 issue
Type of Article: Magazine Feature Article on Win XP
URL: www.computerpoweruser.com (then do article search)
Target Audience: Any XP Laptop user
Content: If you’re like us, you dump most available funds into keeping that desktop PC at the cutting edge of tech innovation, while your aging laptop upgrade will have to wait for a lottery hit. . . . this article begins. Well my laptop is my desktop, and I’m still waiting for that lottery hit.
What you’ll find here is how to circumvent some of the redundancies built into XP to allow your laptop to run faster and to keep up with the resource-hungry programs that seem to get bigger by the minute. Included in the article are tips on how to
- Do deep disk deletes
- Uninstall the uninstallers that you’ll never need.
- Stop Windows from fetching functions that you don’t want to use.
- Delete dlls that are no longer associated with any program files.
- Shut off unnecessary background Windows services to get faster performance.
If you’re a road warrior or if you just earn your miles at a desk machine, more resources can make the day go by faster and your life seem like you’ve just gotten your windshield cleaned.
I’m not a computer power user or a computer power magazine reader, but I have to say when I read this article I was ready to try at least one or two of these to make my life easier.
Take a peek and see whether you might not agree.
After all, you aren’t really going to uninstall the service pack that you intalled and have been using for two years now. Are you?
–ME “Liz” Strauss