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Slow performance despite 2GB memory


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multiplex77

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Hi,

I’m experiencing very slow performance on my WinXP Pro laptop. Despite having a whopping 2GB of memory, it takes ages to open/switch windows and launch application. Here are what I’ve taken from my Task Manager:

Physical Memory
Total: 2,096,432K
Available: 604,800K
System Cache: 790,920K

Processes
Rtvscan.exe – 54,608K
Iexplore.exe – 39,700K
Outlook.exe – 38,600K
Svchost.exe – 29,156K
Winword.exe – 25,768K
Virtual PC.exe 20,948K
Msnmsgr.exe – 11,692K
Explorer.exe – 8,912K
WLLoginProxy.exe – 8,044K
Other processes are below 8,000K

Could anyone explain what could be hogging my memory? Or is this something to do with my CPU (1.8GHz)?

Thanks for the help.
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More likely CPU. Use free Process Explorer to see: http://www.microsoft...ssExplorer.mspx
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Thanks

I've downloaded and run Process Explorer. What should I be looking out for? I see my System Idle Process uses 39-85% CPU. All the other apps don't use more than 40% of CPU. (Virtual PC is the second biggest after SYstem Idle Process.)

Is this something unusual?
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System Idle is just the amount of CPU cycles not being used at present. High System Idle= good.

Please open the "view" menu from the top of Procexp and choose "Select Columns." Then mark the entry for 'CPU Time' from the "Process Performance" tab.

Once set, click the header for CPU Time. Now the process that has been using the most CPU cycles this session will be at the top of the list right under System Idle. That should be your culprit.

How much do you employ 'Virtual PC?' If only once in a while, Returnil will be much less resource demanding, and offers complete virtualization of the entire system with reference to the local system drive.
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