What processes are safe to turn off in Windows XP?

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  1. Jeff Lehr

    Jeff Lehr Stunt Coordinator

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    My 1.1 Ghz running WinXP seems to run slower than my 400 Mhz running Win98. Looking at my system information, I see that it shows Total Physical Memory at 128 Megs, and Available Physical Memory at 11 Megs.
    It seems I need to free up some processes, and I was wondering if anyone knew what non-essential services and processes would help me get a bit more memory to play with.
    Or, would anyone know of any sites that may have this info?
    Thanks,

    JL
     
  2. Max Leung

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    If you only have 128 megs of RAM installed on your PC, I strongly STRONGLY suggest you buy more RAM. You should at least have 256 megs of RAM! XP is a RAM hog. Disabling processes will not help you much, if at all.

    RAM is cheap...$150 US should get you 512 megs of RAM at the very least. 256 megs of RAM will probably not cost more than $80 US. I am assuming your PC uses DDR-SDRAM...if doesn't, then RAM will be even cheaper for you.
     
  3. Jeff Lehr

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    Max,

    I realize that now. I stole another 128 Meg stick from my other computer to try it and it works so much better now.
    Crucial has 256 Meg for $50 right now...looks like it's time to load up.

    JL
     
  4. Graeme Clark

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    When you look, check to see what prosses are taking up the most RAM. If you have a few IE windows open, you might find that it's taking A LOT at times (253MB for me right now).

    It's hard to say what processes for sure you can close, because there could be a lot that you don't need that most people wouldn't have.
     
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    Thanks for the links, guys. Just the kind of information I was looking for.

    JL
     
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  9. Steven K

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    A quick way to free up memory is to kill explorer.exe from your Task Manager.
    Also, delete ntdll.dll which will ensure that you have plenty of memory left.
    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  10. Danny R

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    Go to www.pricewatch.com for really cheap prices on computer components. $75 for 512 MB of DDR memory is pretty good.
    Sorry, I don't find the above advice funny. I've dealt with WAAAY to many idiodic emails telling folks to delete such and such "virus" file on their computer. Luckily I've got my folks I support trained to ask questions before taking action, and most of them know where to look to look to discover if something is a hoax or not, but still.
     
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  12. Graeme Clark

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    I actually do have to kill explorer from time to time.
     

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