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Windows 7: Free up Windows 7 memory usage to reduce disk swapping

22 May 2011   #11

Win 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

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Pagefile reads vastly outnumber page file writes. Theres no problem with pagefile operations on SSDs at least per this.

Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives - Engineering Windows 7 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Have you tried readyboost? It'll not be magical but may help a little.
Thanks. I'll give it a try, I have an SD reader in the netbook, I'd rather not use a USB stick as they tend to hang out and get damaged, but maybe an SHDC card will do.

For some reason Win 7 did not recognise my SSD as an SSD. I had to disable SuperFetch and Scheduled Defrag manually. Well it's good to know that most PageFile.Sys operations are read operations. Thanks for the link.


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22 May 2011   #12

Win 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

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I too have an old computer with just 1GB RAM and an Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180@2GHz. It works fairly for basic computing and I was even able to watch live TV in it with Windows Media Center and play games but you can't expect it to do so good when running resource hogging programs or when running so many programs at the same time. It works just fine for me even if I had most of the visual effects and Aero enabled.

If you don't care much about the eye candy visual effects, you might wanna consider disabling Aero cause that will make the machine use RAM and resources, saving them for use of other things like running your programs more smoothly.
Yes I already disabled that. I'm running the Windows 7 Basic theme without animations and other stuff. That's good advice. The eye candy does slow things down, even though the Intel GMA500 does support AERO, its support is quite slow. Thanks.

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When trying antivirus software, it is advised that you don't have 2 different antivirus programs running and installed at the same time because this results into a conflict that usually makes computers very slow.

When you installed Microsoft Security Essentials on your Windows XP on the netbook, did you have any other antivirus programs installed?? Did you install Microsft Security Essentials on your Windows XP with ESET NOD32 installed at the same time? It is advisable that you don't have the two of them installed at the same time so if you are gonna try a new antivirus program over another, please uninstall the other one before installing the new one.
Nope, I did not have anything else. NEC supplies Japanese TrendMicro AV trial but I never enabled that. I installed MS Essentials initially and noticed a tremendous drop in performance and increase in boot times/program startup times over the barebones system. The difference was great and only caused by using MS Security Essentials because enabling/disabling it affected the performance. I heard that NOD32 is written in assembler and probably one of the fastest AV's around and so tried the 30 day trial and the difference was noticeable. Despite having all the major real time options on, I noticed no performance drop with ESET. I then decided to buy a 2y license. I used Comodo FireWall Pro as the firewall software and noticed that it did not affect system stability or speed at all either. Currently using Win 7 firewall, MS Defender and ESET NOD32.

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However, some people on this forum have suggested that Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes don't conflict each other and can be installed on the computer at the same time.
I've used MalwareBytes only to scan stuff but in the free version, ie. not in real time. Have you used Comodo FireWall before? It's pretty good. The Comodo AV doesn't pick up all viruses though and missed stuff which Bitdefender would find (that was in 2008).
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22 May 2011   #13
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Puragu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Pagefile reads vastly outnumber page file writes. Theres no problem with pagefile operations on SSDs at least per this.

Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives - Engineering Windows 7 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Have you tried readyboost? It'll not be magical but may help a little.
Thanks. I'll give it a try, I have an SD reader in the netbook, I'd rather not use a USB stick as they tend to hang out and get damaged, but maybe an SHDC card will do.

For some reason Win 7 did not recognise my SSD as an SSD. I had to disable SuperFetch and Scheduled Defrag manually. Well it's good to know that most PageFile.Sys operations are read operations. Thanks for the link.
If you disable Superfetch, ReadyBoost will not work.
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25 May 2011   #14

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Puragu View Post
Hi Folks,

I installed Windows 7 on my Windows XP pro NEC netbook to be able to make use of the Intel GMA 500 H264 AVC hardware video decoding. That works pretty well and allows 720p H.264 AVC video decoding with subtitles in real time with minor CPU usage. Now the problem is free memory.

My machine only has 1GB memory and is NON-UPGRADEABLE. I cannot add more RAM, there is no second slot and the first DIMM is soldered on apparently. Is there any way to make Windows 7 Home Premium 32 to be a little slimmer. As is it takes up most RAM and under available I get at best about 200MB. I use NOD32 as my AV and have very little running otherwise. Is it possible to make Windows 7 use less RAM? Obviously I can't buy more RAM because the machine is not upgradeable. The machine originally shipped with either Vista Basic or XP Pro and NEC in Akihabara put XP Pro for me but Intel never made drivers for H/W H.264 decoding for XP Pro hence my need to run 7. XP itself was significantly faster in startup (less than 14 seconds) and operation than 7 and less SSD use was noted
but software CPU decoding of H.264 using CoreAVC was taxing the CPU at close to 100%.

The machine still runs very fast as it has a Toshiba SSD with a slightly faster than average Atom at 1.86GHz but with so little available (not free) RAM I'm afraid Windows will destroy the SSD with frequent writes. Windows does not even see it as an SSD as it scheduled defrag for it, which I disabled.

So if anyone has any hints and suggestions, I'm all ears. Thank you very much .

Hi there
I've got an ASPIRE 1 Netbook that originally came with 1 GB RAM and only one slot

these days for around 35 GBP / 40 EUR / 50 USD you can get a SINGLE SLOT 4GB RAM module that fits just nicely into a netbook / Laptop.

Remove the original 1GB RAM module and replace it -- it's really easy to do --all you need is a philips type screwdriver - no electronics skills required. Same if you want to change the installed HDD.

Go for that -- cheap and effective --- combined with an SSD (optional) your Netbook even with a modest Single thread CPU in it will probably OUTPERFORM your desktop (assuming you aren't running GAMES or doing large Photoshop images) -- on smaller netbooks you'll need an external monitor for CS5 (Photoshop) since the standard screen of the small netbook won't give you the required minimum resolution for Photoshop - but with an external monitor the netbook upgraded as suggested performs brilliantly.

Typical Office type programs run very nicely indeed and with the SSD load almost instantly.

The Graphics card on the netbook is just fine for your video too.


Cheers
jimbo
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