Here is a tip for quick shutdown :
When a user shuts down Windows XP, first the system has to kill all services currently running. Every once in a while the services does not shutdown instantly and windows gives it a chance to shutdown on its own before it kills it. This amount of time that windows waits is stored in the system registry.
–>Goto run and type Regedit.
–>Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control. Click on the “Control” Folder. Select “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” Right click on it and select Modify. Set it a value lower than 2000 which is the default value. (mine is set to 100)
Disable Startup Services
If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, then you can disable the following items with no ill effect.
To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the “Services” Admin Tool (Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance>Administrative Tools > Services).
4.Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
5.Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
6.Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
7.Remote Procedure Call Locator
8.Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
9.Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
11.SSDP Dsiscovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless “Universal P’n’P”, & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
12.TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
13.Telnet (disabled for extra security)
15.Wireless Zero Configuration
disable them and find the rate at which your system speeds.
NOTE: If you want your system to be a part of network later, you can again enable these and it works well.
For any user to have a speedy access keep less cons on your system tray and on desktop.