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Overview: Windows XP Performance and Security
This page complements the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resource page at www.securityskeptic.com/windowsxpsp2.htm. My colleague and friend, Fred Avolio, commented that I had written and discovered many articles about XP security and performance, but that he could not easily find them when searching sites with the keyphrase "windows XP security".
What started as a simple effort to collect my own resources has, of course, blossomed into a more general although not comprehensive collection of articles and expert advise that I have come to rely upon to install and manage Windows XP systems.
If you find this page useful, or know of other resources I should list, contact me.
While certainly relevant, I have not duplicated XP Service Pack 2, anti-spyware, and antivirus resources here. Visit my other pages via the hyperlinks in the leftmost column of this page.
Windows XP Performance Stuart Sechrest and Michael Fortin
Restore Your Computer's Performance with Windows XP Tony Northrup
The Elder Geek on Windows XP
Customize a new XP Installation
How to Use MSCONFIG
Windows XP Performance Tips Chief Bargainmeister
TweakHound's Super XP Tweaking Guide
Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP PCStats
Windows XP SP2 Service Configurations Black Viper
The definitive list for optimizing your PC for work, networking, and gaming
Utilities to help recover wasted disk space on XP systemsHow can I defragment the hiberfil.sys file in Windows 2000 and later? John Savill
Helpful hint for removing files that won't defragPower Options for Your Laptop Zubair Alexander
Windows dll and inf files cause numerous errors when missing or damaged, find replacements here
Windows XP Security Guide
NSA Security Configuration Guidelines for Windows XP
Top Four Windows Services to Disable - Maybe
What is the System File Checker
Guidance for Securing Microsoft Windows XP Systems for IT Professionals
A NIST Security Configuration ChecklistWindows NT/2000/2003/XP Admin Knowledge Base
IMO, the best way to learn about and configure XP securityHow to Harden Your Microsoft Web Server Dave Piscitello
These 10 articles comprise the Windows Security Checklist, by Larry Stevenson (a.k.a., Prince_Serendip)Part 1: Firewalls and Antivirus Applications
List of Registry files you can use to restore the default launch/opensetting for a file extension.Forgot the Administrator's Password?
Reasonably comprehensive and well-maintained list. TIP: keyword search the page!Windows (2000) Hardware Compatibility List Microsoft
RAM configuration or faulty RAM problem