|"I receive a Not Responding message"|
Ok, that could be almost anything, infection, not enough memory, hardware, software, etc, etc.
Chkdsk is worth trying as well.
Click Start > Run, type msconfig ( or copy & paste ) click OK. Go to the Services tab, look for Windows Image Acquistion (WIA) & uncheck it. Click Apply and reboot.
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
In Windows XP every time you open My Computer to browse folders XP automatically searches for network files and printers. This causes a delay in displaying your icons. You probably see the "default" windows icon and as you scroll it changes to the correct icon. This is how to stop that...
1. Open My Computer
2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
3. Under Folder Options select the View tab.
4. Uncheck the very first box that reads "Automatically search for network folders and printers".
5. Click "Apply" or "OK"
You should see a dramatic increase in speed when Windows displays your icons.
"Access is Denied" Error Message When You doubleclick on a drive.
1:> Disable Simple File Sharing.
Description of file sharing and permissions in Windows XP
Simple File Sharing is enabled by default if your computer is NOT a member of a domain
To disable Simple File Sharing:
1. Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options.
2. Select the View tab.
3. Clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) box in the Advanced Settings area.
4. Press Apply and OK.
How to Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows XP
How to Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows Xp Home Edition
2:> Right click C:\ and open the Properties box
3:> Open the Security tab
4:> Click "Add" and input your user name.
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, follow these steps:
* Restart your computer. Before you see the Windows XP logo, hold down the F8 key.
* Select Safe Mode.
2. Login in as Administrator. You'll get a warning about running in Safe Mode. Click Yes.
3. Find the folder whose permissions you wish to change. Right click on that folder, and select Properties.
4. Select the Security tab and change the permissions of the desired folder(s). You can now change all the permissions of the folder just like you would in Windows 2000/XP Pro.
Disable Indexing Services
Indexing services is a small program that hogs HUGE amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexing and updates lists of the files on your system, so you can search for them quickly, but it's completely unnecessary.
To disable it, go to the Control Panel and click Add or Remove Programs. Click the Add/Remove Window Components. Simply untick the Indexing services and click Next!
1. Browse to your hard drive either through Windows Explorer or through My Computer.
2. Right click your hard drive icon and select Properties.
3. At the bottom of this window you'll see "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching," turn this feature off for all of your drives by unchecking the box and clicking Apply.
4. After that a window will appear, Select "Apply changes to subfolders and files". If any files can not be updated select "Ignore All".