The other thing worth doing (and it's free) is to see how many applications
are starting up every time you turn the PC on.
They all want to use some of your RAM even though you might not need them
running every time.
Some common items are Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office. There are others.
Get rid of all the garbages piled up on the system over time. Keep the
registry clean or modifiy it to your needs. Fine tune your system for
what you mostly do with your system. 32 bit OS has max addressing for
memory at 3 GB. If needed go 64 bit or Linux.
Do not EVER use a "registry cleaner." There is nothing a registry cleaner
purports to do that will improve efficiency. For example, the registry is
not searched sequentially, so whether it contains 1,000 entries or 3 million
is irrelevant. The difference to access the proper key between the two is
measured in nanoseconds.
Conversely, use of a registry cleaner can screw up a system beyond repair.
Admittedly, so can a manual modification of the registry, but in this latter
case you at least know what you did.
Next, a 32-bit system has an addressing capability of about 4 GB, not three
(2^32 = 4,294,967,296). Most operating systems snatch some of the RAM for
their internals (i.e. video buffers) so the amount of RAM usable by
application programs is in the neighborhood of 3.1-3.4 GB.
I was using Eusing Registry Fix, freeware, plus Internet Options Delete
Cookies and Files when mine would slow down. My computer geek said the same
thing you said, not to mess with the registry. Ever. So, I think my
problem was memory and not registry. Still will delete cookies and files,
On Mon, 8 Mar 2010 07:44:52 -0800 (PST), Bob Villa
But that is also a registry cleaner. Bub is correct that cleaning the
registry is not necessary.
Bottom line: there has never been anyone that can measure or determine
any speed/optimized increase after the registry is "cleaned". I
stopped using them long ago. Seldom, if ever will I make a manual
I learned to not mess with the registry unless you are really really really
really experienced with doing so. Did I mention not to mess with your
registry unless you were very experienced doing so? That is because it is
I've edited my registry many times, using regedit (which has come with
every version of Windows since 3.x). Guess I just like that "bare metal"
I've never caused any problems doing so. I usually use the registry
editor to get rid of some annoying piece of software or other that wants
to pop up even after I remove it through the Windoze "remove software"
tool *and* delete all its damned files. Seems lots of vendors like to
sneak shit into the registry so you'll get bugged at some point or other
into reconsidering your rash decision to nuke their software ...
You were wrong, and I'm man enough to admit it.
The System Configuration Utility is what you want.
Start - Run.
type - "msconfig" in the run box (no quotes).
Click the 'Startup' tab.
Click on 'Disable All'.
Click 'Close'. Restart computer.
After restart, a System Configuration Utility window will pop up.
Check the 'Don't show this message........ box, then OK
Don't worry, this will not uninstall any apps, they just won't be
automatically started upon a Windows start.
Those disabled files will start when you click on a Desktop or Program
shortcut, some will even enable themselves when you open the app.
Thin the herd of RAM hogs. This site has been around for years...
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On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 17:00:08 -0600, " email@example.com"
Much the video is transacted on the card. In the oldie days it was
different. Remember IRQ? Memory, etc.
These gamers today have figured it out. Many video cards have heat
sinks and fans. Always think of thermal heat - the video card will
process what one was done by 4 megs of RAM (less).
Newer cards are not so taxing on system RAM. They work independent of
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