Windows XP boot times can be improved drastically. You just need to tweak a Windows XP registry parameter.
Windows XP has a major drawback in taking a significant amount of time to boot. One option to speed up the boot time is to tweak the prefetching options in the Windows registry.
What is prefetching in Windows XP : Prefetching is caching of system boot files for faster loading. But Hey,the quantum of caching has a significant impact fon system boot time. By selecting the appropriate components for prefetching in Windows XP, the system boot time can be significantly improved
The Windows XP registry key to modify for enabling prefetching :- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\Prefetch Parameters\EnablePrefetcher
The options you can modify for this Windows XP registry key
- Disable prefetching
- Prefetch Application launch files
- To Prefetch boot files
- Prefetch as many files as possible.