To answer your first question, 1GB of RAM is perfectly enough for XP. Adding another 1GB may improve it only slightly.
However, since your RAM is listed at 960MB, I assume, you have on-board video, taking 64MB out of your basic RAM.
Getting standalone video card with 256, or 512MB of RAM would be your best upgrade here.
Now onto Autoruns....
You have a lot of startups, which slow down your computer. Some of them can be safely disabled (not actual programs will be removed).
, click on Logon
UN-check following entries:
- QuickTime Task (*)
- SunJavaUpdateSched - 2 entries (**)
- FotoStation Easy AutoLaunch.lnk
- CTFMON.EXE (***)
- Performance Center
(*) Download, and run QuickTime Killer
After downloading, double click on EnGraphQuickTimeKillerInstaller.msi
You may be asked to download, and install .NET Framework
QuickTime Killer will remove QuickTime from start up and kill any running QuickTime processes. This application runs silently at start up and closes itself as soon as it takes care of QuickTime. QuickTime itself won't be removed from your computer, and will be available whenever needed.NOTE
. QuickTime is not a threat, but unnecessary startup, which can't be disabled in any other way.
(**) Keeping Java up to date is important for your computer security, but since those updates come maybe twice a year, there is no reason to run updater on every computer startup.
(***) Download, and run CTFMON-Remover
: http://www.gerhard-s.../ctfmonremover/The CTFMON-Remover helps you removing the annoying CTFMON.EXE from your Windows operating system. The program is easy to use and displays whether the CTFMON.EXE is installed and running or not. If it was found then you can remove it within seconds. Just in case that you need the CTFMON sometime in the future there is also an option to restore the original one.Note:
The CTFMON.EXE is among other things responsible for changing the language schema of your keyboard (e.g. for switching between the German and English keyboard layout). So in case you are using this feature you shouldn't remove or disable the CTFMON.EXE!NOTE
. CTFMON.EXE is not a threat, but unnecessary startup, which can't be disabled in any other way.
I also suggest, you uninstall Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is known resource hog, and switch to FoxIt: http://www.filehippo...oxit/changelog/
Restart computer for changes to take effect.
Edited by Broni, 03 March 2009 - 12:22 PM.