The ASUS Eee PC is a netbook laptop designed to provide users with maximum portability. With most models weighing in at less than 1.36 Kilogram, Eee PC laptops attempt to provide the bare minimum system capabilities for basic-computing and Internet-browsing tasks. Eee PC laptops come loaded with Windows XP. They often feature solid-state hard drives with low storage capacities and the tiny Intel Atom processor to reduce the physical space requirements needed to construct the device. While hardware components provide enough juice for Web browsing and lightweight word processing, the Eee PC is somewhat hamstrung by bulky Windows XP processes that slow down the computer. There are a number of tweaks you can make to the Eee PC to optimise performance.
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Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties."
Select the "Advanced" tab and then click "Settings" in the "Performance" section.
Click "Adjust for best performance" and then select the "Advanced" tab. This will disable advanced graphical elements in the operating system that waste computing power.
Click "Change" in the "Virtual Memory" section.
Select "No paging file," click "Set" and then click "OK." This will delete the large page file that takes up a big chunk of your hard drive space.
Click "OK" to save the performance settings and then click "Error Reporting."
Click "Disable error reporting" and then click "OK." This will disable the error-reporting service that runs in the background in case of a system crash.
Select the "System Restore" tab and then click "Turn off System Restore." This will delete the system restore data, which takes up a large percentage of your hard drive space. If you wish to have a backup solution in place, consider using third-party software and storing the backup on an external hard drive.
Select the "Remote" tab and disable "Remote Assistance" and "Remote Access" and then click "OK."
Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Manage."
Select "Services" from the navigational tree.
Double-click the following services and set the start-up type to "Disabled." These services are nonessential Windows background operations that provide convenient, but infrequent, access to programs and other Windows functionality. You can still access this functionality manually online or through the Windows operating system. Disabling these services will greatly boost performance without effecting stability.
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Help and Support
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Performance Logs and Alerts
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Restart your computer for all the changes to take effect.
Select "Start" and then "Control Panel."
Double-click "Add or Remove Programs."
Select software that is unneeded and click "Remove" to uninstall. You will need to follow the on-screen prompts to completely remove the software from your Eee PC.
Click "Add/Remove Windows Components."
Uncheck any Windows software that you do not need and then click "Next." The software will be removed from Windows.
Remove Unneeded Software
Tips and warnings
- The ASUS Eee PC is light on system resources, so always opt for lightweight software. There are numerous applications that provide lightweight alternatives to popular software choices.
- Disabling Windows services can cause Windows to behave in unexpected ways. Be sure to review the details of the service you are stopping so that you are aware of any differences in operation compared with the standard behaviour of Windows XP.
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