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Windows 7: Just need an advice :)

26 Dec 2009   #1
Dobroslav

Windows 7 SP1 32bit
 
 
Just need an advice :)

For computer from my profile, I've installed Windows 7 many times, and it works well for couple of months. Then I must reinstall it and so on. I must ask you a question: how to "tweak" Windows 7 to work good with 512MB RAM? I am using my pc for surfing the net and sometimes for work with documents and printing. I've not touched anything after the clean installation of Windows 7(I've not turned off some services etc.). Now I am using XP.

Regards.


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26 Dec 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello, Welcome!

Could you please be more specific? What problems do you have?
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26 Dec 2009   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Looks like the easiest way is to add more memory.

MemoryDual Channel Memory Architecture
4 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 4GB
PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 non-ECC DDR SDRAM memory

I have put a 4gb USB flash drive on a 512mb 600mhz Intel computer as ready boost, but it is still slow
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26 Dec 2009   #4
Dobroslav

Windows 7 SP1 32bit
 
 

I don't have any problems, infact, I'm just asking for improvement

Well, my question is: What do I need to improve the work with windows 7 on 512mb ram? You can work with 7 for a period of time, but, after that you will become impatient during the boot(almost 1 minute), reading PDF files via Firefox(it is always) and many more...

@DocBrown

You mean, to put a flash memory and use it as RAM? Well, I have one 2gb flash.... Is it good?
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26 Dec 2009   #5
Coolness

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dobroslav View Post
For computer from my profile, I've installed Windows 7 many times, and it works well for couple of months. Then I must reinstall it and so on. I must ask you a question: how to "tweak" Windows 7 to work good with 512MB RAM? I am using my pc for surfing the net and sometimes for work with documents and printing. I've not touched anything after the clean installation of Windows 7(I've not turned off some services etc.). Now I am using XP.

Regards.
If you are saying that the OS is slow, thats natural for 512 megs of RAM. Sorryonly thing that can help that is adding more RAM.
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26 Dec 2009   #6
Dobroslav

Windows 7 SP1 32bit
 
 

I know that Windows 7 is "flying" on 1gb and 2gb of ram, and it works pretty good on 512, but I can't buy new ram because it's DDR1 and there is not any shop near me that sells DDR1 ram...
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26 Dec 2009   #7
Qdos

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dobroslav View Post
Well, my question is: What do I need to improve the work with windows 7 on 512mb ram? You can work with 7 for a period of time, but, after that you will become impatient during the boot (almost 1 minute), reading PDF files via Firefox(it is always) and many more...
You can doubtless improve performance by turning off all the eye-candy, like aero, and themes, and arguably by trying a classic shell out...

Otherwise fit more memory...

Reinstalling isn't necessary, just use some kind of disk imaging program to create a copy of your bare metal OS and roll back to that in the event of corruption etc...
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26 Dec 2009   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dobroslav View Post
I don't have any problems, infact, I'm just asking for improvement

@DocBrown

You mean, to put a flash memory and use it as RAM? Well, I have one 2gb flash.... Is it good?

Put in the flash drive. Open it. Then right click to see if it is Ready Boost capable.

This one I just plugged in was not.

If it works, it might give you a liitle improvement in opening the .pdf files, etc


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26 Dec 2009   #9
Dobroslav

Windows 7 SP1 32bit
 
 

^^ I'll try it.
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26 Dec 2009   #10
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

The simple answer, which has already been given, is to install more RAM. Sure, Windows 7 will work with 512MB (it might even work with less), but you are not going to get satisfactory performance.

With such a small amount of RAM, applications and their associated data (by which I mean Notepad, Paint and other built-in programs as well as those you install yourself), system drivers and other files are constantly juggling for space. Unfortunately, with this amount of RAM it soon gets full. And that means that extra memory needs to be brought in. This is Virtual Memory, also known as the Paging File or the Swap File. This resides on your hard disk which is much slower than RAM. The more your system is reliant on this file, the slower it is as data is being constantly swapped out of RAM and into this file (and vice-versa).

Each time your system needs to access this file, a Hard Fault is generated. You can see the number of such faults in the Resource Monitor

This is what mine looks like. As you can see, even with my specifications, Hard Faults are still generated (the bottom graph).

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What does yours look like?


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