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Defragment Boot Files 

XP's defragmenter can perform a boot defragment, placing all boot files contiguous to one another so that XP boots faster. The boot defragment option is usually enabled by default, but there's a possibility that it has been disabled, or not properly enabled. If it's not working, chances are XP will boot slow. 

To enable it: 

1. From a command line or from the Run line, run regedit. This opens the Registry Editor. 

2. Select the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and follow the folder path \SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction. 

3. Find the string Enable. 

4. If the string value is set to N, change it to Y. If it is Y, leave it as it is, since that means boot defragmentation is enabled. 

5. Exit the Registry and reboot. When you next defragment your disk, the boot files will be defragmented too.

 

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