Observation on RAM: in 32-bit XP, the system cannot user more than approx
. 3.2G. Anything installed over that is a waste. The numbers for Vista and Windows 7 are a little different, but the same limitation applies.
Do a search for [ windows max ram ]. Some 32-bit computers can have more installed
, but it can't be used.
To use more than 4G the architecture must be 64-bit.
There are three variable that affect 'speed': processor speed, amount of memory (RAM), input/output rate.
Mandrake's preceding observation on SSD touches the I/O rate.
Since, for 32-bit systems, RAM may be a constraint, one wants to reduce as much as possible the occupation of memory by 'unproductive' programs. That is, 'things' that don't contribute to 'what I am trying to do right now'. Windows, and vendors' products, all tend to load up memory with these 'helpful' services.
As Mandrake recommended in his 06 Jan 2004 post, an excellent tuning reference is Black VIper
Specifically, for XP SP3, here
Also see this
article for more information on memory.
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