These days, PC's are used for many things such as internet browsing, email, word processing, playing music files, and recording and editing digital audio. While your computer is designed to handle these tasks, certain optimizations or "tweaks" are sometimes necessary in order to get the most out of your system. Operating systems, sometimes give certain background processes and tasks priority over other programs that are running. Optimizing your system for audio recording reallocates system resources in a way that will allow for uninterrupted streaming of multiple tracks of audio to and from your computer.
Disabling Visual Effects
You may want to start by disabling or toning down some of the visual effects that constantly drain precious resources.
To disable visual effects:
Note: Disabling visual effects will change the appearance of Windows XP.
Windows XP allows the user to custom configure its power settings. This can come in handy if you are using a laptop running off of battery power. These power settings would enable the laptops battery to last longer between charges. It's also a good idea to modify the sleep and hibernation settings so your computer won’t fall asleep while you’re taking a break or recording a long take.
To optimize the power setting for audio performance:
Windows XP incorporates an audio scheme in the OS. Certain functions, such as connecting a device, are signaled by a corresponding short sound. While quite helpful (especially for the visually impaired) in distinguishing between events, these sounds often interfere with normal audio work. We recommend these sounds be turned off.
To turn off system sounds:
The display properties settings affect how Windows XP handles graphics, video, and the overall appearance of the OS. The processing required to maintain the appearance of the OS or to keep the response snappy can interfere with the processing needed to record uninterrupted audio tracks. It's relatively simple to maximize graphics efficiency. Also, keep in mind that these adjustments are optional settings and will likely not make or break your audio performance. They are merely suggestions that will free up some much needed resources
To adjust the display properties: