Keeping the computer in top-notch shape and getting the most performance out of it are tasks many users choose to perform on their systems. If you are one of them, pay really close attention to the changes some applications will execute in order to make your PC run faster because they might affect sensitive areas of the operating system, requiring professional assistance to repair damages.
A powerful and free of cost tool that aims to tweak your operating environment in such a way that it will yield the best performance is Optimizer XP. However, please note that creating a system backup prior to making any modifications is very much advised. This will provide you with a safety net in case you damage in some way the integrity of your system.
Windows tune-up operations are quite easy to do, especially via registry tweaking, but this application works in a different manner. As soon as the installation is complete, a wizard-like interface will guide you through the whole computer performance improvement process. You only have to follow the screen prompts and follow instructions to achieve the desired level of optimization.
From the get-go, you will be able to select between 'safe' and 'performance' levels. The first option impacts less on delicate areas of the OS, while the second goes more in-depth, makes more changes and will result in better performance, but it also has a greater potential to make a computer unstable.
There is a third option in the drop-down menu you'll see in the main window of Optimizer XP, but it deals with recovery rather than fine-tuning. It is called 'RestoreShield' and is designed to help you rollback any changes to the Windows defaults if you're not happy with the modifications.
The first enhancement offered by this software targets the connection and you will be presented with a list from which you can pick the one that is compatible with your hardware. Following the path of the customization wizard, you will be able to perform a CPU optimization and you'll have to choose the processor type in order to have the utility optimize it for best performance.
To make the changes come into effect, the system needs a restart and you will be prompted for this action. However, you can postpone this operation in case you need to save some opened documents or other data.
Optimizer XP is very easy to use, it requires minimal interaction from the user and its recovery mechanism will prove quite useful for restoring the original system settings. Bearing in mind that it was tailored for Windows versions prior to Vista, you can give it a try and hope for the best. In our case it did no harm, but it's best to follow the 'backup first' policy just to be on the safe side.