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This guide provides a series
of tips and techniques to enhance the overall performance of your Windows
PC. Although the advice offered here is aimed primarily
at creating a more reliable and efficient Windows DAW (digital audio workstation)
platform for musicians, most of these tips also help maintain
a better Windows environment for general use.
This section applies to those who
have built their own PC from scratch (or from a barebones kit), have a readymade
PC with no operating system installed, or who want to completely remove their
current OS and start afresh. Before doing this, of course, make sure you have
backed up all your important data to a separate physical drive or other removable
There is a certain
amount of regular maintenance everyone should do to ensure their system doesn't
become grindingly slow over time. Particularly when using the Internet, most
systems tend to accumulate a myriad of tools, utilities and programs (which
may be used once and then forgotten about), as well as the usual complement
of spyware, adware, viruses, trojans and so on.
There are a number
of tweaks which you can perform to get better performance out of Windows XP,
depending on your requirements. For the general user, the default settings
are perfectly adequate and tweaking your system will not bring any noticeable
benefits. However, if you want to keep your PC running as smoothly as possible,
this section contains lots of important tips that you should know about, particularly
if you plan on using your machine to produce music.
A list of handy utilities that you can download and use for free, as well as a selection of links to
other websites that provide valuable information.