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XP eye candy & performance.
Unknown hard drive activity.
Right click an empty part of your desktop > Properties > Display Properties > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Desktop Items.
Down the bottom of that screen, uncheck > Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days.
Click > Settings, in Colour quality > Medium ( 16 bit )
You can play around in here, I personally use these settings, but it depends on you own requirements, mine are very basic.
Right-click "My Computer", then "Properties".
Choose the "Advanced" tab. Under "Performance" click "Settings".
In Visual Effects, click on Custom & untick everything, except these 2 > Smooth edges of screen fonts & Use visual styles on windows and buttons ( Default has everything ticked, except > Smooth edges of screen fonts )
Click Apply & then OK.
Processor scheduling & Memory usage, select Programs for both.
Virtual Memory > Change
I use > System managed size