How To Reduce Memory Usage in Windows Vista

Windows Vista was released to replace the Windows XP operating system. A lot has been said about the new operating system and most computer users eagerly awaited its release (well, that is, before the advent of Windows 7). Users enthused about its speed, its enhanced graphical interface and advanced features.

However, Windows Vista requires a huge amount of memory. It requires 15GB just for its installation files, and a graphics card that is compatible to DirectX9.0C with 128MB of memory so it will be able to run its Aeroglass feature. Windows Vista needs a minimum of at least 1GB in free memory to function smoothly, 2GB for a better performance and about 4GB so your computer will still be at its peak performance level even if you have some memory-hogging graphics software applications running or engaged in multi-player online games.

Windows Vista comes with enhanced productivity tools that help make your computing usage better and faster. One of those is called Superfetch. This tool has been built in Windows since the Windows 95 version under a different name. Before Windows Vista, the function has been called Prefetch. This is an intuitive tool that monitors your computer activity and preloads those application extensions that you frequently use into your system’s memory so that the loading time of these applications is faster.

With Windows Vista, this function, called Superfetch, works the same way and keeps the applications, data and tasks loaded into its cache memory that is about 33 to 50% of the system memory.

Another enhancement that comes with Windows Vista is Aero. This is like the old Display function that allows you to customize the look, theme, screensaver option and desktop image display of your monitor. With Aero you can change the window colors, make window borders transparent, change task views and a lot more. By default this function is turned on in Vista Home Premium, Vista Business, Ultimate or Enterprise versions. This is just graphical enhancement and does not contribute or speed up your actual computing use. It actually eats up a lot of memory, too.

Below are some tips to maximize your use of available memory when using Windows Vista.

Disable Windows Vista Aero

  1. Right-click on an open space anywhere on your desktop and click Personalize.
  2. Click on the Window and Color Appearance.
  3. In the Window and Color Appearance box choose Windows Vista Basic, or
  4. You can click on the Open Classic Appearance properties for more options.
  5. Click Apply and exit the window.

Disable Superfetch

  1. Click Windows. In the run box, type services.msc and press Enter.
  2. Look for Superfetch in the list of services.
  3. Right-click on it and choose Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, check the Disabled button and click OK to exit.

These steps will free up a lot of valuable physical memory usage from your Windows Vista operating system. Some other things you can do are deleting unwanted programs, deleting temporary files and directories, running antivirus scan, emptying the recycle bin, and defragmenting your drives. 


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