Linked by David Adams on Wed 29th Oct 2008 20:51 UTC, submitted by Jeremy13
Windows Loyd Case over at ExtremeTech attended Microsoft's technical briefing of Windows 7 and can't help but compare how the new operating system will be better than Vista. Key features are better user support, stability, performance, and many other things. Sounds like a broken record? Probably, but Microsoft learned a lot after Vista launched, and they'll be careful not to repeat a lot of the same mistakes twice.
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SANGEKi
Member since:
2006-11-30

Even XP, when configured for modern hardware and running anti-virus and anti-adware software easily uses more that 500 megs of memory.


My XP installation is using about 78 MB right after boot up.
That is without AntiVirus and such but there is no way that's going to take 400 MB unless you are using Norton/Symantec products.

Even after running for a while with multiple tabs open in Firefox it's usually around 150 - 250 MB.

Edited 2008-10-30 08:02 UTC

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soonerproud Member since:
2008-03-05

My XP installation is using about 78 MB right after boot up.
That is without AntiVirus and such but there is no way that's going to take 400 MB unless you are using Norton/Symantec products.

Even after running for a while with multiple tabs open in Firefox it's usually around 150 - 250 MB.


I call shens. Go back and read what I said once again because i specifically pointed out that once you configure XP for modern hardware (That includes installing all your drivers) it easily sucks up memory. Yeah you can make XP use less than 100 megs of memory, if you like a crippled system or are using really old hardware and software.

Edited 2008-10-30 14:48 UTC

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richmassena Member since:
2006-11-26

Getting XP to use less memory isn't all that difficult. I've configured a computer to use about that amount on startup. Once you put Office and a virus scanner the used RAM shoots up quite a bit, but nowhere near 500 megs. In fact I have XP SP3 on a 900 Mhz Dell desktop with 384MB RAM and it runs quite well. On the one hand, this is completely outdated hardware, on the other, its specs aren't that far off from the netbook with the Atom processor. Would you put Vista on a 6 year-old computer and expect to be able to use it productively?

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SANGEKi Member since:
2006-11-30

I call shens. Go back and read what I said once again because i specifically pointed out that once you configure XP for modern hardware (That includes installing all your drivers) it easily sucks up memory. Yeah you can make XP use less than 100 megs of memory, if you like a crippled system or are using really old hardware and software.


My example was taken from my system after a clean boot (OF COURSE) with all drivers and software (that I need) installed.

Old Hardware?
Q6600
4 gig RAM
GTX280
and so on...

I don't know what you mean with crippled system but there is nothing "crippled" about my XP installation...

So, really, if your XP installation reaches 500 MB memory usage without any huge application running you're doing something wrong.

Edited 2008-10-30 15:23 UTC

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