How do I strip windows down to be faster on my laptop?
This is really kind of a loaded question. It’s highly dependent upon what you mean when you say “strip down”. My basic response to this would be to disable unnecessary services and removed unneeded components.
As you may well know, you can set the default status of all services in Windows by using the Services MMC snap-in. You can enter services.msc into the Run… dialog box to get started.
Right-clicking each services and choosing Properties… will give you an option to change it’s default startup behavior. Just use the table below for the most appropriate settings for the default services provided by Microsoft in Windows XP. They are separated by startup type.
Of course, you may have other third-party services installed as well. Those will need to be set according to your needs. You may also find that you need to change some of these settings as well, but this should give you a pretty good start.