Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th May 2009 20:43 UTC
Windows SuperFetch is a technology in Windows Vista and onwards that is often misunderstood. I decided to delve into this technology to see what it is all about, and to dispel some of the myths surrounding this feature.
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RE: Test Canedidate
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th May 2009 08:54 UTC in reply to "Test Canedidate"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

Well, I believe OOo would be a perfect candidate to test the SuperFetch theory and see how efficient SuperFetch is. Don't you agree? Put its shortcut in Start Up (the whole thing, not just the pre-loader), restart Windows about 10 times and see if it makes a difference (as in whether OOo will start to launch quicker).

P.S. The title of my post should be "Test Candidate".


In my article, there's a link to Tom's Hardware which indeed performed this very test on OOo 2.1 a few days after Vista was released. Where Writer 2.1 first took 9 seconds to load, it dropped to just 2-3 seconds, and that was on a machine with 512MB of RAM. Adding in more RAM made launching Writer even faster; less than a second on 2GB machines.

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RE[2]: Test Canedidate
by lemur2 on Tue 12th May 2009 09:23 in reply to "RE: Test Canedidate"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

In my article, there's a link to Tom's Hardware which indeed performed this very test on OOo 2.1 a few days after Vista was released. Where Writer 2.1 first took 9 seconds to load, it dropped to just 2-3 seconds, and that was on a machine with 512MB of RAM. Adding in more RAM made launching Writer even faster; less than a second on 2GB machines.


I wonder why they needed to wait for Vista to be released?

OOo and preload were available on Linux before Vista came on the scene, I'm sure.

Let's see.

http://www.debianadmin.com/load-applications-quicker-in-ubuntu-usin...

July 9th, 2007

Vista launch?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vista#Development

January 2007

OK, so we have to go back a bit further.

http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=492870

Preload first appeared in 2005.

http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=597292

A few improvements in 2006.

http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=849333

Then some more tuning starting in 2008.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/preload

Last update, April 2009.

So Tom's hardware could have done their review of this idea two years earlier if they had wanted to.

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RE[3]: Test Canedidate
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th May 2009 09:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Test Canedidate"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Windows XP introduced PreFetch in 2001.

But anyway, Tom's Hardware article was about Vista and the advantages of SuperFetch, and they used, among other applications, Writer as an example. It wasn't about Writer itself.

Edited 2009-05-12 09:26 UTC

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RE[3]: Test Canedidate
by OSGuy on Tue 12th May 2009 09:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Test Canedidate"
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2006-01-01

lemur2, no offense but I am failing to see the point you are trying to make? We are talking about SuperFetch and memory management and this has nothing to do with an ordinary pre-loading. Please clarify?

Edited 2009-05-12 09:29 UTC

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