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Speed Up XP with Prefetch Optimisation

Windows XP wastes a lot of processing power anticipating which files the user will require next and accessing them. This process is known as Prefetch. An analogy might be your dog fetching his ball for you, before you have even thrown it. Microsoft intends that this operation will speed up your computing experience. In many situations this may be the case. However, it can sometimes have the opposite effect, clogging up your PC with temporary files and actions that actually slow things down.

Category: Optimisation
Issue: 2004 Issue 8 December/January
Operating Systems: XP
Article Reference: X25



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