If your computer is too slow, you use Windows XP, the right-click context-menu needs ages to load, and you do not want to throw aways your computer to get a new one every 6 months because you are against excessive consumerism (see The Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard), there are some basic way to make your computer faster:
- Defragmentate the hard disks,
- Disable the automatic search function for network printers and folders,
- Clean the Windows Registry
- Clean the Explorer context menu:
WinZip, WinRar, Groove Sync, Anti-virus, Windows Media Player… be gone!
ShellExView is great for this purpose: