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Windows 7: Performance - Limiting Factors?

18 Jan 2012   #31

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I know this is old; but I thought I would do a update because I figured out a number of the problems over the coarse of this past year. I'll list as many of them as I remember.

1. Re Internet connection / DSL modem related: In the end of April (2010) I had AT&T UVerse installed. Their router they make you use isn't the best, but over-all the switch to U-Verse made a huge difference in everything Internet. Much more stability now - I strongly suspect some of my problems were related to Internet applications that were getting time out errors and having to re-try sending data over and over.

Note to section 1: I am now using a DLINK 655 connected to the U-Verse Router (since they force you to use their router). I was using just the U-Verse router for months and ran into considerable problems with VOIP when I tried to upload anything. Now that I connect to the DLINK, it is much better and I only have a problem if I have several different things uploading at once (which can be a problem for me, but it is much better than just the U-Verse router). I have QOS enabled on the DLINK.

2. I upgraded my RAM from 8GB to 16GB. Best $50 (was on sale) I ever spent. Even though it didn't look like I was running out of ram a lot, the jump to 16GB made a world of difference in my performance.

3. Windows Search Indexing. I had been indexing all kind of content on multiple drives. My index file was around 10GB. I changed it to only index a folder with my most critical files and only to index them by name, not the content. This made a huge improvement in performance.

4. I switched over to use almost only Chrome. As chrome as matured, I have found it to work for almost everything I need and it has proven to be very stable.

I now run Sony Vegas to edit HD video all the time on this system as well and even with that, the system is running quite well overall. I am, at times, maxing out my resources now, (mainly when doing Video Editing, Sound Editing, Web Browsing and running with images open in GIMP) and I'm pretty sure I am just hitting the upper limits of this machine.

I may still think about adding a SSD at some point, but will eventually need to add another machine or replace this machine with something that can take more than 16GB of RAM (especially if I keep editing more complex HD video projects). This, I don't feel is due to any problems with the computer, just the fact that I am running so many intensive applications now.

I hope someone finds this information helpful in the future. The first thing I had asked about in this thread was the Not Responding problems, which I rarely see anymore. I think reducing the amount of stuff windows was trying to add to the search index was one of the biggest things I did to help with that.

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18 Jan 2012   #32


It is correct that "not responding" is usually a CPU issue. It occurs (best guess) when Windows tries to interrupt a program/thread to kick it off a processor to dispatch another program, but the program currently running, won't respond to Windows (not to YOUR mouse requests) inquisitions of it. Happens all the time at work (XP) where there are certain webpages that make IE "loop" for 10-15 SECONDS of CPU time with no yield to being interrupted by the Windows OS.

Conversely, when some program is doing an I/O, now it's running code within the kernel so "not responding" doesn't really apply as it's WINDOWS problem at that point.
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