Free Up Memory In XP

P4m80p / Snc302eeh
May 24, 2010 at 14:31:53
Specs: Windows XP Pro Sp3, AMD Serpron 140, 2gb
I am running XP Pro SP3, with Avast Pro, but that isn't the problem my system is running fine with 2gb of memory, But I would like to know what I can disable or stop from running inside XP to free up as much memory as I can, Killing Avast would probably help but I don't want to put my self at risk because I am constantly browsing the internet and downloading stuff. I just want to get the most out my system that I can to make it run faster and not hog up my memory as much. With out breaking anything.

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#1
May 24, 2010 at 14:39:09
Have you monitored how much memory (RAM) you are using? It is good to allow Windows itself to use as much as possible to preserve speed. RAM is there to be "used" but if you are getting short then you need to look at background programs to see if you need them. Many appear in the tray next to the clock.

You can also look in Control Panel > Add-Remove Programs to see if there is anything there running in real time that you don't need.

There are some "Services" you can disable but the downside is that when you need them you might forget they are disabled and waste a lot of time finding out why.

Search indexing is a good one to disable but you will then have to wait longer each time you search for a file or folder.

Don't be tempted to use any RAM clearing software. That just produces a bottle neck elsewhere and usually results in a slower system.


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May 24, 2010 at 15:24:17
Thank you that sounds like a good start, I looked in add&remove already and removed programs that I installed but never use. Next I'll run Msconfig to see what is starting up with windows, but I do want windows it's self to be able to use as much memory as it can with out restricting it.

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#3
May 24, 2010 at 15:28:25
How much RAM are you using after simply booting to the desktop?

If you are not sure download this freebie which will tell you that and a whole lot more:
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/s...
(it only runs when used).

Just for info (FWIW), I've just spot checked my XP Home and 1514M is free, out of 2048M.


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#4
May 24, 2010 at 15:51:27
Thanks I'll give that a try and find out, Another thing that would be helpful is if I knew what if any folders can be safely removed from XP like in the windows directory from service pack installs or updates, and on the Cdrive Like I have this folder there called Config.msi that just has a bunch of files with numbers that all end with the ext *.rbf and I have no ideal what they are for or if I need them or the folder.

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#5
May 24, 2010 at 16:21:08
Well, the files you mentioned are to allow "go back" if this should be required - config.msi being for MS Office.

However, I hate to spoil your fun but we get stacks of folk on here that delete files/folders and hope we can get their system running again. They make no difference whatsoever to speed and if you are stuffed for HD space there are more beneficial procedures - such as reducing the number of restore points.

If you really must pick off files/folders try renaming them first for a while, such as adding an X to the end of the file name. They will then be disabled and you have a fighting chance of getting them back if something backfires - provided you can still boot. File names can often be found in Google if you want to confirm their function. Best advice tho is to leave system files well alone, or any others you are unsure about.

Just a little tip - msconfig is really meant for diagnostics (but sure, we all knock some things out there). Wherever possible though, check in the programs control panel or configurations to see if there is a provided facility to stop programs starting up with Windows. One problem I have run into at odd times when using msconfig, is that you end up with the same entry duplicated (one ticked, one unticked). You then have to resort to the registry to sort it out.


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May 24, 2010 at 17:47:38
Yep I realized I probably shouldn't delete that folder, after searching to see what it was for, but I don't have Ms Office installed anymore I had it awhile back like 2 years ago but uninstalled it because I never used it. But I do have a lot of backups with system restore on a good day windows creates one everyday as a routine thing it comes in very handy if I make a mistake though, which I did the other day and had to restore to the day before. I had just created one before uninstalling any unused programs, and then running Msconfig. I had like 1.5gigs of temporary files that didn't need though.

I have had enough experience with XP that I know not to delete anything with out knowing that it is safe. I had done so a long time ago but now I am very careful knowing the consequences can be very dire.

Surprisingly though my start up is pretty clean and I am not using that much memory, of course I hadn't tested when running programs like Virtual PC where the guest operating system is sharing memory with XP. But as far as I can tell I think I am actually running at the optimal performance of my computer. Thanks for all the advice you have been very helpful, Best Regards.

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May 24, 2010 at 18:18:53
That's good news - thx for popping back to let us know.


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