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Windows What makes this Vista article any different? The title provides a clue: it's as much about providing practical working solutions to resolve some of the commonly-quoted Vista annoyances as anything else. That in itself should give all Vista users a reason to read it. However it doesn't matter whether you use Vista or not, because this article does something that most of the others don't: it takes an objective and up-to-date look at the current state of Vista, with a range of facts, clear examples and informed opinions aimed squarely at debunking a lot of the myths and FUD we've been gagging on for the past year. So for those of you still considering whether to make the switch from XP, for those of you who want to abandon Vista and go back to XP, for those of you who used Vista a while ago and who are wondering whether it's worth using again now - this article puts things in perspective with the latest facts.
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I usually run with aero-basic, since i have a cruddy integrated GPU on this laptop, and there is a slight hesitation when i try and minimize if the machine is being pushed (most people probably wouldnt even notice it, but i am kind of anal about that sort of thing.) Aero basic is pretty much just aero without the transparency.

dwm is the vista window manager, you can see here

that it is at around 400k without transparency, and that ie is at 24megs. Firefox is close to 70megs, but I am a web developer, so i have a bunch of plugins that probably bloat it out a bit.

If i turn on transparency, you can see here

dwm jumped about 25megs, but ie actually went down to 17 megs (probably did a memory de-allocation while I was writing this).

Whoever told you that about vista was either lying (pretty sad, but it does happen), or they had something pretty messed up with their computer.

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Noremacam Member since:

Well, you didn't do the test case I mentioned, and it wasn't the dwm I was referring to, but explorer.exe. I don't have vista installed anymore, so I cannot verify it. Finally the difference was between classic(w2k style) and full aero glass(composite) desktop.

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google_ninja Member since:

explorer memory usage doesn't change, let alone by 100megs. the only memory usage that changes is dwm. if you want, ill take screen captures later showing you the difference between windows classic and aero

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