Boost XP for Gaming: Create a Hardware Profile to free up System Resources. Instead of disabling hardware, programs and stopping services to free up resources for gaming, lets create a new "Hardware Profile". Right click on My Computer - select Properties. Select Hardware Tab, then click Hardware Profiles. Mark "Profile 1 (current)", then Copy button and then rename to "Game or Gaming" then OK button. Now you have created a menu that shows up when you boot your computer. You normally would boot with the Original Profile Configuration. Never delete your "Original Configuration" if you boot into your gaming profile. Now, to tweak the different services for your Gaming hardware profile. Click the "Start" button. Select run from the bottom of the right column. Then type "services.msc" in the box and click ok. Or go to the "Control Panel" Select "Administrative Tools" then "Services" Once the services window has loaded we are ready to turn off unneeded services when gaming. For instructional purposes we are going to turn off the 'Alerter' service. Find this service in the list and select it with the mouse. Right-click 'Alerter', select Properties or a quick way is to double click it, Choose the "Log on" tab. In the lower part of this box select "Disable" or "Enable" dependent on which hardware profile you configure. If you configure for your "Game" profile you choose "Disable" to free up this system resources then apply. Now this is all the services we are going to disable for our "Game" Profile do the same for each one. Alerter Application Layer Gateway Service** (Only if Windows firewall is not used) Application Management Background Intelligent Transfer Service ClipBook COM+ System Application Computer Browser Distributed Link Tracking Client Distributed Transaction Coordinator Error Reporting Service Help and Support IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service** (Only if you do not use the cd-rw xp record suport. If you use Nero or some other burning software disable) Indexing Service Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) IPSEC Services Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Net Logon NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Network DDE Network DDE DSDM Network Location Awareness (NLA) NT LM Security Support Provider Performance Logs and Alerts Portable Media Serial Number Print Spooler ** (Only if do not have or use a printer on your PC) Protected Storage QoS RSVP Routing and Remote Access Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Remote Registry Removable Storage Secondary Logon Security Accounts Manager Server Smart Card Smart Card Helper SSDP Discovery Service System Restore Service TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Task Scheduler Telnet Themes Uninterruptible Power Supply Universal Plug and Play Device Host Upload Manager Volume Shadow Copy Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Windows Installer Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions Wireless Zero Configuration ** (Only if you do not use WIFI for your internet connection) WMI Performance Adapter Windows Time Now reboot and select your Gaming profile and check the internet works for network play. Once you have setup your gaming profile only use it to play games and surf the net. You should use your normal profile to install games and do all other computer related tasks. DirectX March 08 Make sure you have the latest DirectX March 08 install it from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en It is the full 69MB redistributable and doesnt require validation unlike webinstall. However if you have already the latest directx before March, the included webinstall will download only 5.2mb of optional MS SDK. Defrag your harddrive Defraging your harddrive speeds up the time a game takes loading new levels. The files will be order and will take less time for the game you are playing to find. I hate using the windows built in defrag program as it takes forever a nice quick free alternative is Auslogics Disk Defrag http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag Happy boosted gaming .