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Windows XP has a feature called a prefetcher. This feature helps Windows XP boot and start applications faster. Windows XP stores files for this function in \Windows\Prefetch.

Some websites that deal with tweaking windows services say that you do not need a service called Task Scheduler. If you turn this service off Windows XP will no longer use the prefetch feature causing software to load slower.

You may have files in the prefetch folder even if you have the Task Scheduler Service disabled, however they are only remnants from when Task Scheduler was running.

To turn on the Task Scheduler Service.

1. Click the Start button on the desktop and select run.
2. In the run box type services.msc and click Ok.
3. Look down the list and double click Task Scheduler to open it's control box.
4. Set the startup type to automatic and click apply.
5. Click the start button under service status.
6. When the service has started click ok and exit services.

You may want to clean out the prefetch folder if you had this service turned off. Then reboot the computer and Windows will start adding files to the prefetch folder and use this function.
 
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