I'm trying to get a VAIO with 1.83 GHz Intel Atom N470 and 1 GB RAM to run more smoothly. It's using Windows 7 Starter. It's using most of it's RAM just being idle. Right now, it's running taskmanager and msconfig.exe and according to taskmanager, it's using 70% of its RAM. I've brought it down from 80+%, by preventing a bunch of programs from opening up at startup, and disabling some services, but I don't know how to get further because I am at the end of my experience with Windows.
I've gone to the Resource monitor, and I'm looking at memory usage. Seems like memory usage in the taskmanager isn't quite the real deal. Here, in the Resource monitor, it says that, for example, mcshield.exe has a whole 130,000 kb 'commited', while task manager says it's using ~3900K (about the difference between 'Working set' and 'shareable set' in the resource monitor incidentally). I just disabled most of McAfee to see how my resource use would change (not much, considering it was the top user of RAM before, according to taskmgr)
So is Win7 hogging memory for certain processes ? Mcshield is a part of McAfee security center, which was preinstalled, btw. mcshield showed up as 77000K on taskmgr before, now it's 3900K and 130,000 kb commited memory on resource monitor. I'm not sure exactly what the physical memory stuff means. Is commited memory unavailable to other processes? I'd appreciate a little explanation of this committed/working/shareable memory idea.
Does anyone have experience with uninstalling pre-installed VAIO/Windows stuff? a lot of people (including me) aren't happy with uninstalling things they don't understand but don't seem to do anything harmful.it's not my computer either, so I need to be sure.
Any other important tips about clearing up memory? This little thing is outfitted with the bare minimum of memory for Win7 as it is, and RAM hungry stuff like VAIO-ware and McAfee aren't helping at all..