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12. System Performance > 108. Track System Performance with the Performance Con...

Track System Performance with the Performance Console

Before you can hack away at things to speed up your computer, you should know how to monitor system performance in the first place. As a power user, you’ll like knowing what’s causing those slowdowns and blips in performance. The Performance Console is a great hacker’s tool for monitoring and tracking resources of all kinds.

Computers get faster every year, but somehow we sometimes still end up waiting around for them to finish a task.

Reducing Visual Effects

Windows XP’s visual effects—such as fading and sliding menus, background images for folders, and drop shadows for icon labels—make it the snazziest-looking operating system Microsoft has produced so far. But all those effects can take their toll on system performance, especially if you have an older computer.


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