How to Speed Up IE8 in Windows XP

Internet Explorer 8 added security features along with enhancements designed to speed up your Web surfing experience. In some cases however, the Internet Explorer 8 upgrade actually decreased surfing performance. Fortunately for fans of Internet Explorer running Windows XP, performance can be dramatically improved by implementing a few configuration changes. You can modify the Internet Explorer 8 configuration and clean up Windows XP to speed up your Internet access.

Instructions

  1. Disable Add-ons You Do Not Use

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      Open Internet Explorer 8 and click the "Tools" menu near the top of the "Windows Internet Explorer" window. Click "Manage Add-Ons" in the menu that appears.

    • 2

      Click the "Show" box and click "Currently loaded Add-ons."

    • 3

      Select an add-on in the right pane that you do not use and click the "Disable" button. Repeat for each add-on you do not user. Click the "Close" button when you're done.

    • 4

      Close and restart Internet Explorer and test the performance improvement.

    Disable Automatic LAN Settings

    • 1

      Start Internet Explorer 8 and click the "Tools" menu listed near the top of the browser window.

    • 2

      Click "Internet Options" in the menu that appears and click the "Connections" tab.

    • 3

      Click the "LAN Settings" button and unclick all check boxes. Click "OK" and restart Internet Explorer.

    Register the Actxprxy.dll File

    • 1

      Click the "Start" button and click "Run." Type "cmd" in the box that pops up and hit "Enter."

    • 2

      Type "regsrr32 actxprxy.dll" and press "Enter."

    • 3

      Close and then reopen Internet Explorer 8.

    Clear Temporary Internet Files

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      Open Internet Explorer and click the "Tools" menu item and then click "Internet Options" in the menu that appears.

    • 2

      Click the "Delete" button, then click "Delete Files."

    • 3

      Click "Yes" to clear the temporary Internet file cache and restart Internet Explorer.

    Defragment the Hard Drive

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      Click "Start," click "All Programs" and then click "Accessories."

    • 2

      Click "System Tools" and click "Disk Defragmenter."

    • 3

      Click the "Defragment" button in the window that appears. Close the "Disk Defragmenter" window once the defrag process has completed.

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