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I have one particular app that would run much better (even tho I close all other programs before using it) if it were assigned more memory or priority. I attempted to set it's priority in Task Manager to AboveNormal, but XP yelled at me that it could cause big problems. Is that not the thing to do? I know in older OS's it's possible to assign more memory to a program, but is there a better way in XP?...or is it best not to buck the System?
Another problem is knowing which programs running in the background can be closed. There are so many listed in XP's Task Manager (User Name, System, Network Service, and Local Service). :tazz: Are the processes listed under my User Name (I'm administrator) other than explorer.exe the only ones that are closable?
Thanks for any advice. Thought I'd better check before blowing up my computer.
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