tweak for 512 mbs or more

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Perris Calderon, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york
    those of you that have 512 mbs of memory or more can try something which goes contrary to old dos ideas concerning efficient computing

    now, mind you, I say try, and what I will suggest is not for every program and every user.

    for instance, gamers would probably not get any benefit out of my suggestion.

    here it is;

    xp's multi tasking ability is a friggin marvel...if you don't take advantage of it, you are cutting yourself short...this tool is huge

    if you have enough memory, and your memory is not under any pressure, you might get a gain in your computing over all if you leave the programs that you are bound to launch and return to open, instead of launching them every time you need them.

    a perfect example here would be Microsoft's "word", which takes forever to takes some time also...whatever.

    I go to word at least 20 times every day...beleive me, leaving word running even when I'm not using it gives me an untold gain in computing then launching it every half hour or so...same thing with my spreadsheets.

    now, on my box, this gain is at no price...there is no performance degradation leaving word open whatsoever, and quite a speed boost when I return to the program

    besides my security programs, I also leave mozilla open, i.e., fox mail, excel, clip track, my download utility, cookie wall, and whatever else I think I'll be going back to...for the most part, once I launch a program it'll stay launched till I notice a performance hit doing it.

    beleice me, there is no measurable "system" slow down on this tiny laptop using this practice at all, and side by side against anyones desktop in this office, programs do not run faster on desktops running only one program at a time then they do on this little bitty thing running a bunch...god I love xp.

    on the other hand, there is a huge "computing" speed up over all over those desktops, as I never have to wait for the programs to load.

    you obviously need to experiment, and see if leaving any particular program open is giving you a noticeable hit...if it is, that program should not be left open when you're done, but would be good examples, and programs that are in constant use of your CPU.

    give it a shot...keep the programs launched you use often if they can sit idle when they are not in use.

    now, I've taken heat from people who think the very philosophy is's not flawed, since you need to decide on your own box...but I'll tell you on every computer in my office however, these users that now do not close their programs down are much more productive and less frustrated in their computing activity then when they used to go with that obsolete advice of closing everything down when you're done

    experiment...this might be good for some of will be bad for others, so just don't assume it's a good idea without trying...but try for sure
  2. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

    I've tried this in the past too, and it proves to be true... If I leave the majority of programs I'm going to use again and again, I notice very little (if any) performance drop... even in Q3 which I run at full detail at 1024x768. However, my only problem with this is the fact I keep getting lost with all the buttons on the taskbar... I end up with loads! lol.

    Good tip though, definitely :)
  3. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york
    in point of fact, you could not benchmark a drop in system performance with many programs running and idle as aposed to turned down...if you are going back to them, or even think you might, leave it open.


    I wish there was a solution to this too

    old notion users won't even try the tip, as they are under the obsolete impression their computer is faster with the fewest programs running.

    too bad, they could be so much more productive
  4. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

    Amstelveen, The Netherlands
    yep i have been doing this for some tim now. always leave my browser/email/download utitlity open
  5. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    New York City
    Firebird, Thunderbird, the Thunderbird Calendar (minimized to tray) and Windows Explorer are always open here. :)