Boot XP faster

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  1. Open notepad.exe, type “del c:\windows\prefetch\ntosboot-*.* /q” (without the quotes) & save as “ntosboot.bat” in c:\
  2. From the Start menu, select “Run…” & type “gpedit.msc”.
  3. Double click “Windows Settings” under “Computer Configuration” and double click again on “Shutdown” in the right window.
  4. In the new window, click “add”, “Browse”, locate your “ntosboot.bat” file & click “Open”.
  5. Click “OK”, “Apply” & “OK” once again to exit.
  6. From the Start menu, select “Run…” & type “devmgmt.msc”.
  7. Double click on “IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers”
  8. Right click on “Primary IDE Channel” and select “Properties”.
  9. Select the “Advanced Settings” tab then on the device 0 or 1 that doesn’t have ‘device type’ greyed out select ‘none’ instead of ‘autodetect’ & click “OK”.
  10. Right click on “Secondary IDE channel”, select “Properties” and repeat step 9.
  11. Reboot your computer.

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  1. This “tip” Boot XP Faster, is beyond belief. Unlike the majority who read this, I actually understand what it does. Steps 1-5 create a script that deletes the “NTOSBOOT-B00DFAAD.pf” file on computer shutdown. This file is designed by Microsoft to enable optimum boot performance. How anyone could believe that deleting this file would improve boot time is baffling. It could only come from someone with a very twisted understanding of how prefetch works. Be very sure, doing this will not improve boot time, it will degrade it – possibly seriously. Steps 6-10 will remove a short delay in bootup, probably not noticeable.

    These 11 steps can be found on many web sites, usually with the exact wording. Obviously the original author had no understanding of how prefetch works. If it actually worked, why did Microsoft not implement it? Does the author believe he understands the system better than Microsoft?

    Larry Miller
    Microsoft MCSA, Network+, A+

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