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Chapter 5. Maximizing Performance > Eliminating Software Bottlenecks

5.1. Eliminating Software Bottlenecks

In many ways, Windows XP is able to take more advantage of your hardware than Windows 9x/Me, but that doesn't mean it's configured for optimal performance right out of the box. Because all the software you run is dependent upon the operating system, tweaking Windows for better performance can result in performance gains across the board.

To start off, there are several easy settings that can have substantial effect on Windows' responsiveness. The next few sections explain these settings.


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