Windows XP Pro resource issues
I have a 9.8 gigabyte hard drive, 264 megabytes of RAM, running Windows XP Pro and virtually nothing else on the hard drive because I have everything else set to operate off of a separate hard drive, no viruses, virtual memory allocated for 383 megabytes, but are still encountering resource issues, unterminated strings in Netscape, Explorer not refreshing even after commanding Explorer to refresh, both of which are running on DSL, and a warning that I have only 31 megabytes of free space remaining, and oh-so-slow-to-load programs.
Try Windows 2000. I found that XP Pro was much heavier on the computer than 2000 for little extra benefit.
264MB (or 256MB?) of RAM is not very much these days (and memory is cheap), and a 383MB swap file is relatively small (or do you mean a total virtual memory of 383MB, meaning an even smaller 119MB swap file?). You don't say where the warning that you "have only 31 megabytes of free space remaining" is coming from, but the wording sounds like it refers to DISK space. If your 9.8GB drive only has 31MB of free space, that can cause a lot of performance problems as well as serious fragmentation. You didn't mention the CPU speed - is this a really old, slow system? Is your 9.8GB drive partitioned into multiple "drives" - how big is your C: drive?
You can go through and disable a number of Windows services that are operating in the background. A full listing is given at:
Something is wrong; first of all check out your disk space. Are you sure you don't have a virus or have filled the whole disk with diskcache.
Check out system restore too. I found it was taking up a gig so I put it back to the minimum 2% instead of the 12% of disk space it sets by default.
xp resource limits - xp pro can use at most 4GB of physical memory. Windows Server+ can use upto 32GB btw. Diskspace limit is either 4-16TB, I forget which. Either way, these are clearly not the problem you are hitting.
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