How to speed up log on/off XP user a/cs?

August 21, 2011 at 21:29:39
Specs: Windows XP
I have to use many user accounts on my computer. I would like to know:
How can I speed up the log on log off process which is slowed down the more user accounts are added to the computer. (Would this be best acheived with more memory or a faster processor speed?)
Also, is there an option or update on XP so many user accounts can be displayed (as in Vista) instead of the single list which slows down the chooosing of user account/

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August 22, 2011 at 00:41:14
azzu, how much RAM do you have? While XP CAN operate on considerably less, practical and satisfactory use requires 500M at least & 1G is even better. In my experience, there's no such thing as 'too much RAM memory'.
Since you have a bunch of users, can you leave things for later use if needed rather than have them 'start'? Take a look at what's starting and see if you can edit anything out. Find a list of 'must haves' @:
Most any modern processor is MUCH faster than a human so doubt you'd gain anything with another. That said, be aware that any repetitive task (even though fast individually) can take a long time. EDIT where possible!
Ed in Texas

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August 22, 2011 at 05:58:51
Thank you very much Ed,

I have 2GB Ram. The logging in and out process only gets really slow when I have over 15 user accounts. The computer seems to freeze for 20-30 seconds when I switch between accounts when I have this many. Its a real pain because I have to switch between accounts sometimes 50+ times in a day so its adding a lot of time to my work day. I am looking to invest in a high end computer to speed this process up as it would pay for itself in no time.
Do you suggest I just go for a really high RAM and a decent processor? or is there anything else I could look into.

Thanks again for the response

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August 22, 2011 at 06:28:19
Clean computer registry, but first backup the registry using the cleaner program.
Remove Spyware and Viruses

Perform a disk clean up.
Click start in the bottom left corner, then click run.
Type, "cleanmgr.exe" in the text field.
Press "okay". This can take a while if you have never done it before.

Remove unwanted/unneeded software which may be the reason for slow computer users accounts.
Click start, then click control panel.
Click add/remove programs.
Highlight any old software you do not use and then click "remove".

Stop unwanted Start-Up programs.
Run msconfig
Choose startup box
Select uncheck programs you don't want to run on startup

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