Originally Posted by Gold Beater
I have around 80 processes, and they are all supposed to be there.
How technology flies ahead at the rate it does yet leaves the people who understand it living in yesterdays' expectations is beyond me. I have a 1.8GB CPU, 2GB of RAM, and an 80GB HDD. 5 years ago, those specs would've been concidered "insane"- especially for a laptop. Now it's commonplace; almost average.
Why should we not raise our expectations of what we demand from our systems accordingly?
At work, I just counted, On the office machine I work on, where the IT guys don't know their as$ from a hole in the ground I have 40 processes running, it is a P4 2.53Ghz with 256MB RAM. that is bloated for a system of that size, if I open more than two windows, the machine starts chugging.
He has a tablet PC with 512MB RAM so while I agree that it should be more capable than my work machine, but with 73 processes running he will be having some problems with the system memory being eaten. I also believe that I saw where he said he had Mcafee, AVG and Norton, if all are running at the same time, you know that WILL cause major memory slowdowns, especially on a 512MB system. Yes what we demand of our systems should go up, with improving technology (my Sager lappy has 52 processes on bootup). But, for god's sake he has a problem.
Oh and like you said, sys restore is a bad thing to turn off if you are having problems, and not very familiar with repairing windows, I also find extremely irresponsible for experienced users to advise that to the less experienced ones.
I wish I had a link for you, but there are several good websites to teach you about streamlining windows, and teak it to run better, and as you do it, you will get more experience, and know what you want on, or off. It will take time as you learn, and there will be MAJOR windows problems. So always make sure you backup, and DON'T turn off sys restore, until you are sure you can do it knowing what you are doing. As always, when trying new stuff and learning on a computer about computers, expect to cause some sys failure problems, and be prepared, backup your important data, and be prepared to spend some time reinstalling your OS and software. Don't worry about messing something up, anything software-wise can be repaired, good luck. As always if you have problems, get on the board and ask, we will do our best to help.