To improve the performance and speed of Windows XP, remove unused programs, use antispyware software, and defragment the hard drive. You can also improve Windows XP's performance by disconnecting network connections that are not being used.Continue Reading
Click the Start menu, and then click Control Panel. Click Add or Remove Programs. Scan the list of programs for ones that you do not currently use. Click the programs you want to delete, then click Remove. Click Yes if you are asked to confirm the removal.
Download Windows Defender, which is a free antispyware program. After installing the program, run the application. Remove any unwanted files or programs.
Run the Disk Cleanup Tool by clicking Start and My Computer. Right-click your hard drive and select Properties. Click the Disk Cleanup tool located on the General tab. Click the check boxes on the Files to Delete list. Then click OK. Click Yes when asked if you want to run the cleanup tool. The hard drive is then defragmented.
Click the Start menu, then click My Computer. Click Disconnect Network Drive, which is located on the Tools menu. Choose the drives that you want to disconnect, then click OK.