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30 Jul 2010  

Too much memory usage???

I have a Dell Dimension 2400 that i recently installed W7 ultimate on, going from XP. The system has 320GB HD, 2GB RAM, Nvidia 8400 512mb graphics card, and a P4 2.66 Ghz processor. its a fairly old machine (2004). It ran very very well and I had very few hang ups or issues running XP. Now that I have switched to W7, the system is not as fast and tends to hang up occasionally. when running graphics (kid games off the internet) it lags and tiles images. I notice in my task manager that it uses at least 500mb to 800mb of memory just sitting idle. This seems extreme.
I have ended most of the processes or tasks that i can do without and stopped the indexing function as well, and am using tune-up utilities software.

I thought that th W7 OS was supposed to be faster and more stable than XP, but it seems that XP ran much smoother with much less memory usage just for the OS.

Is there anything more i can do to improve the performance, especially running internet games (it's my daughter's computer)? I am maxed out on RAM, as the MB only supports up to 2GB.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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