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    Memory Optimization

    For anyone who has ever been tempted by a program claiming to help performance by optimizing memeory here's a link to an interesting article by Mark Russinovich (this guy knows Windows inside-out) The Memory-Optimization Hoax

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    Re: Memory Optimization

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    You'll have come across the SysInternals utilities, particularly the PsTools suite, which at work I use daily (if not hourly!)?

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    The best way to optimise memory is to buy lots of it!
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    Re: Memory Optimization

    Hi Joe

    This became a bit of a pet subject with me, having had to write up a detailed review of Windows (98) memory management. Having read a lot of reviews too, I was really only ever convinced of the usefulness of a little program called RAMPage, which could be run from the commandline to recover memory after an application "crash". This kind of recovery action does actually do something useful; but I agree generally though with the "snake oil" view of the article you cite. Similar conclusions are drawn in this article.

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    Re: Memory Optimization

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    Use them @work & @home. Invaluable to have around.

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    Re: Memory Optimization

    Alan,
    It is possible there may have been some benefit in the past to some like RAMPage, but with any NT based system it is virtually useless. The article author is really an expert on Windows . Here's a link about his background.
    About Sysinternals

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    Re: Memory Optimization

    Thanks for the article.

    I used to use Rambooster. I ended up suspecting its job wouldn't dramatically affect the overall performance and in addition the prog would take some megs to run. But it was more than a year after using it that I arrived to these conclusions.
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    Re: Memory Optimization

    Joe

    I can't speak for NT at all, but I understand that its memory management is totally different from 9x, as you say. However I do believe that the particular use of RAMPage I mentioned, as a "run once" recovery tool, rather than a resident "manager" is of genuine benefit in the case of an application crash. All it really does is reclaim orphaned memory, which might be otherwise locked up by the system, for an app that's no longer running. I've read a lot of Mark Russinovich's work, and agree that it's good stuff.

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    Re: Memory Optimization

    Alan,
    By NT based system I meant NT/2K/XP/2K3. Yes, indeed memory management is much different and improved over the 9x code base. I do not believe that in the NT code base that even running it as a "run once" tool is of much benefit as the OS will reclaim the memory as it needs it.

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    Re: Memory Optimization

    I'll take you word for it Joe, re: NT-based systems. As I said, I can only surmise for 9x, which I have some knowledge of/ experience with.

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    Re: Memory Optimization

    Alan,
    I have some experience with 9x based OSes and used to believe I has some knowledge about them. However, I feel I'm becoming increasingly <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15> , <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> , and maybe even a little <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15> attempting to keep all these MS OSes (plus several others) sorted out.

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    Re: Memory Optimization

    I both empathize and sympathize Joe. When I chose Windows memory management as a topic to write on in my post grad. computing course, I contemplated tossing the whole course in! Once I convinced the supervisor to narrow the scope down to just a few aspects of same, it finally became a manageable piece of research/ writing. Trying to juggle it, in its untamed state, with all the other course requirements was a nightmare - moreso than 9x memory management itself! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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