Removing Old Network Connections

If you have ever been connected to a network and mapped a drive, it was probably a very convinient way to transfer files while you used it. If you do not use this connection, or no longer have access to the mapped drive, you should disconnect it. Each time window starts up, or you accidently click on it, your computer tries to open that connection and may take a very long time to determine it is not currently available.

To disconnect a drive, open your My Computer link, and select the drive you wish to disconnect. From the tools menu, select Disconnect Network Drive. You can also right click on the target drive, and select disconnect drive from the context menu.

Disabling XP Visual Effects

A feature added to Windows XP (and built upon even more in Vista with aero effects and more) is the visual effects like the colorful tookbars, animated and fading windows. These come with a price though. They take up memory and CPU resources and can slow down your computer. If you are not as concerned with how your computer looks, compared to how fast it reacts and operates, turning off these features can benefit you.

There are a couple of ways to get into the menu. The easiest to explain is to get into your Control Panel by selecting it from your Start Menu. I suggest unchecking the following visualizations:

Animate windows
Fade or slide menus
Fade or slide ToolTips
Fade out menu
Show shadows under menus
Show shadows under mouse pointer
Slide open combo boxes
Slide taskbar buttons
Use visual styles on windows and buttons

Firewall Help and Info

A properly configured firewall is important for every computer. Not only does it protect you from intrusive hackers, it may help block spam, viruses, and adware. Please read this article for additional help.

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