Windows is a memory hog! There is no two ways about it. It isn't just ME; 95/98 is the same. I don't know the reason why it likes to suck it all up but it does. Microsoft is supposed to have done something about that in Windows XP which comes out in the fall. I think it will give you the ability to control how much memory is reserved for Windows.
You can close every program except Explorer.exe and systray and you still only have 55-65% free. Sometimes upgrading the RAM helps but not a lot when it comes to windows.
I would like to remind everyone that these percentages of system resources given in Win9x (including, as far as I know, ME) have almost nothing to do with your actual memory.
Windows 9x is hard coded to use a specific amount of memory only for it's resources. Adding more memory won't do anything to fix it.
This is one advantage of WinNT and Win2k. They don't have hardcoded limitations like this. Hopefully no future Microsoft OSs will have hardcoded limitations either.
But yes, ANY OS, especially a GUI, will suck up memory. Think about how much memory an 800x600 16 million color bitmap takes up. Now think of your actual Windows settings and how many individual programs are running. Just for the GUI aspect alone memory is being sucked up. This is the nature of ALL GUIs. It's the price that you pay to have icons and windows instead of a text prompting.
And yes, it's really a lot more complex than that. That's just an exremely simplified example to point out why Windows takes up so much memory.
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EVERY 2 HOURS!?!?!? what are running on, 16 megs???
my puters on 98 and it gets rebooted about once a fortnight on average, and thats when im installing some new piece of hardware or software or are doing something to the network or something like that. 2 hours is WAYYYY too much
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Somehow I got the feeling that WinME was some kind of MS Light.. you know like some "light" version of Win98, which sux too. Go for Windows 2000 and you'll find a pretty good M$ product. Then again if you're going to pay full retail it's *pricy*
Win2k and NT don't have memory leaks. Also your trusting a crapy M$ program to tell you your free resources. Win2k is great at handling ram and virtual mem. I run 256 megs of ram and usually dont drop below 180megs physical free. Right now i have 4 internet explorer windows open(mostly macromedia flash intense pages), Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Publisher, Power Point, Visual C++, VB, Interdev, AIM, and winamp. Still have 90 megs of ram free and using 199 megs of mem. Close them out, and go back to 170 megs free ram. Win9x mem support has always sucked, same as its networking. You want a real MS OS get win2k.
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I've got ME and it usually sits at about 50% free, running 128 MB. But, I got this program called TweakAll that lets you see what amount is free and lets you free it up whenever. I just checked it before posting it, and it had only 5% free!! So, I tried to free 96 MB, it went up to 50% free. I did it again, and now it is 70% free at 90 megs. I'm guessing doing that every now and again before you run a memory intensive program or game will keep performance good.
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Not much of a trick
not dissing you at all
but thats been well known since windos 95
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