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Superfetch - I don't have a ssd. (Help?)

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Well so there's the never unravelling mystery of disabling or keeping the superfetch service.
While me monitoring the my computer services and processes 24/7 i can't help to notice the svchost.exe eating away those precious mb(irony)!

Some people say the service is to be left a lone because it will improve performance overtime, however i can't seem to find any decrease with it off besides a much more stable disk I/O and a stable ram usage.

Would someone fill me in on how good or bad it would be to disable this?

Sorry if this was the wrong section to post.
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Check the windows 7 link in my sig. Sean has a part on it explaining what it does.

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Check the windows 7 link in my sig. Sean has a part on it explaining what it does.

I know what it does, but i'd like have some more insight on the benefits of keeping or disabling it
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Are you running a HDD or SSD?

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Originally Posted by Hyolyn View Post

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    If you have 4 GB or more RAM, I strongly suggest that you leave it enabled.  It should noticeably speed up application launch times.
    If you have 2 GB in Windows 7, you will have to experiment on your system to decide if it helps or not.  It can cause excessive disk activity if you don't have enough RAM.  If you have less than 2 GB of RAM, you should probably disable it.

    How are you disabling it?  I have had issues with Superfetch not completely disabling unless I disable the Superfetch service itself.  But disabling it also seems to stop ReadyBoot from caching the system boot, which can double the system's boot time.
    BTW, the Superfetcher's RAM usage shouldn't show up under "svchost.exe" because Superfetch simply pre-loads data into the system cache, whose actual size can be seen under Performance\Physical Memory\Cached in Windows Task Manager.  1–2 GB of RAM used by Superfetch would be typical.
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    If you have 4 GB or more RAM, I strongly suggest that you leave it enabled.  It should noticeably speed up application launch times.
    If you have 2 GB in Windows 7, you will have to experiment on your system to decide if it helps or not.  It can cause excessive disk activity if you don't have enough RAM.  If you have less than 2 GB of RAM, you should probably disable it.

    How are you disabling it?  I have had issues with Superfetch not completely disabling unless I disable the Superfetch service itself.  But disabling it also seems to stop ReadyBoot from caching the system boot, which can double the system's boot time.
    BTW, the Superfetcher's RAM usage shouldn't show up under "svchost.exe" because Superfetch simply pre-loads data into the system cache, whose actual size can be seen under Performance\Physical Memory\Cached in Windows Task Manager.  1–2 GB of RAM used by Superfetch would be typical.

I suppose the ram isn't my actual problem since i have 8GB.
But what bothers me are the occasionally "large" hdd reads/writes this serivce performs which seems to cause occasional stutter in the computer usage.
The way i disable it either by service or by registry levels, where of 0- Off -1 Full 2- Boot Files Only (If i recall correctly)

There's also other ways like disabling the service inside svchost.exe but for that you need some kind of explorer (can't remember the english name)
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