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I have four gigs of RAM in my sig rig, and at idle, the system is using 30%, with Firefox open and 6 tabs it uses about 45%, add on a 4 gig file transfer from a thumb drive to my system drive and it's maxed.

How could I make Windows run lighter, but still have it look nice? I hate the classic style, it's so bland and boring. I do use Rainmeter currently, and have thought about snagging some other programs to emulate the task bar, and then just run the classic style, but then I still get to see the hideous style when I open windows.

Any suggestions here?
Edited by NeighborhoodGeek - 3/11/12 at 1:44pm
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Deleting unused fonts fixed some for me:)
Also disabling the windows index service and search service helped a little but a ssd is advised for those 2.

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You can always try Black Viper's guide to disabling unnecessary services. It's a lot of reading but some good stuff.
http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/#more-2975
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Deleting unused fonts fixed some for me:)
Also disabling the windows index service and search service helped a little but a ssd is advised for those 2.
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I can't spare any fonts. I disabled indexing and search and it helped a bit.
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You can always try Black Viper's guide to disabling unnecessary services. It's a lot of reading but some good stuff.
http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/#more-2975
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Use my optimization guide.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds

I'll check those out, thanks guys.

EDIT: Quick scan through both of those revealed that following a guide I found I have already done pretty much all of that with hardly any improvement. I guess I'll just have to deal with it until i can get more ram. frown.gif
Edited by NeighborhoodGeek - 3/11/12 at 2:29pm
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How are you determining that it's using all that RAM? I have 8GB, and right now it's really only using 2GB. That's with 10 tabs open in Firefox and some other apps running.

If you're looking at the "Standby" tab in Resource Monitor, it is perfectly normal for that to be a large amount. That is used for file caching and will be freed as soon as it's needed. I only have about 1.8GB "free" at the moment.
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How are you determining that it's using all that RAM? I have 8GB, and right now it's really only using 2GB. That's with 10 tabs open in Firefox and some other apps running.
If you're looking at the "Standby" tab in Resource Monitor, it is perfectly normal for that to be a large amount. That is used for file caching and will be freed as soon as it's needed. I only have about 1.8GB "free" at the moment.

Using SpeedFan and Rainmeter. Every other HW monitor says the same.
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What I would recommend, is to leave it be. I have used, at work, some old laptops, with 1.5GB of RAM and windows 7, no tweaking or anything and you will find that windows can go down to using well under 400MB of RAM if it is needed somewhere else. Don't worry about idle RAM usage. That includes a whole heap of windows caching and things that let it run smoother and faster. I think if you were actually able to free it that you would find windows would run a lot more sluggishly.

Don't expect windows to use under 30% at idle, but don't worry about it, because if it needs to it will free up the space when it is needed. It does that for your advantage and it's best to leave it that way.
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What I would recommend, is to leave it be. I have used, at work, some old laptops, with 1.5GB of RAM and windows 7, no tweaking or anything and you will find that windows can go down to using well under 400MB of RAM if it is needed somewhere else. Don't worry about idle RAM usage. That includes a whole heap of windows caching and things that let it run smoother and faster. I think if you were actually able to free it that you would find windows would run a lot more sluggishly.
Don't expect windows to use under 30% at idle, but don't worry about it, because if it needs to it will free up the space when it is needed. It does that for your advantage and it's best to leave it that way.

Somehow I don't quite think that's how it works... It may free up Virtual Memory, but if the ram is being used by programs, especially Windows itself, it's not going to start killing off application and back ground processes so I can transfer a file. It simply uses up the RAM, and goes as fast as it can running at full capacity.
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It doesn't kill processes as such, what it seems to do rather, is stop caching programs and things that it may have been caching for fast access to free up RAM elsewhere. As I said before, Win 7 can and will run on 400MB of RAM suprisingly well, I wouoldn't recommend it, but it can if it has to.
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