System Performance difference from '98

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I have just bought a new computer with XP installed. I used to have one that
ran WINDOWS '98 and knew where to find out what system resources were
available by clicking the My Computer Icon on desktop. Now, with XP, that
info isn't in that place. I did figure out that it was in what used to be the
'close program' box accessed with the CNTL/ALT/DEL combo. But under
performance there it gives me a CPU animated graph showing percentage being
used as opposed to what is remaining. It also shows the page file usage and
below that it gives 4 areas of info: TOTALS: handles, threads, and processes,
then next to that is the Physical Memory area, and finally the Kernal memory
and Commit Charge areas. None of this means anything to me unfortunately.
Where can I find out what they mean?

Second question is about the Processes running in the background. In the '98
Close Program box is showed what was running at any given time. While XP
breaks it up into 'applications' and 'processes, and 'performance' and
'networking' and 'users' most of which, again, means nothing to me at the
moment. But I did note that under Processes it shows a huge amount of
applicatons running in the background of the computer. Do I need them all?
What ones can be removed from the list to free up my RAM? I am supposed to
have 256 RAM but the info shows that I only really have 224 and the PF usage
in the Performance showes 174 MB usage at a CPU running between 0% and 7% as
I am typing this.

Last, In the trey, I was originally told that the more I have in there, the
more resources are being used. I tried to remove certain messenger and other
programs from loading into the trey at start-up but XP (unlike '98) advised
against the changes. How can I get past that without causing problems with
how the system is running?

Sorry for the long winded questions but this is all new to me and I am at a
loss to work with this OS.

Silk
 

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Bookstore: Windows XP Inside Out 2nd Edition - ISBN 0-7356-2044-X will
answer all your questions.

"silkoak" <silkoak@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:4F0B1620-42D0-4A0E-8CB5-E0BCEFF71DDB@microsoft.com...
>I have just bought a new computer with XP installed. I used to have one
>that
> ran WINDOWS '98 and knew where to find out what system resources were
> available by clicking the My Computer Icon on desktop. Now, with XP, that
> info isn't in that place. I did figure out that it was in what used to be
> the
> 'close program' box accessed with the CNTL/ALT/DEL combo. But under
> performance there it gives me a CPU animated graph showing percentage
> being
> used as opposed to what is remaining. It also shows the page file usage
> and
> below that it gives 4 areas of info: TOTALS: handles, threads, and
> processes,
> then next to that is the Physical Memory area, and finally the Kernal
> memory
> and Commit Charge areas. None of this means anything to me unfortunately.
> Where can I find out what they mean?
>
> Second question is about the Processes running in the background. In the
> '98
> Close Program box is showed what was running at any given time. While XP
> breaks it up into 'applications' and 'processes, and 'performance' and
> 'networking' and 'users' most of which, again, means nothing to me at the
> moment. But I did note that under Processes it shows a huge amount of
> applicatons running in the background of the computer. Do I need them all?
> What ones can be removed from the list to free up my RAM? I am supposed to
> have 256 RAM but the info shows that I only really have 224 and the PF
> usage
> in the Performance showes 174 MB usage at a CPU running between 0% and 7%
> as
> I am typing this.
>
> Last, In the trey, I was originally told that the more I have in there,
> the
> more resources are being used. I tried to remove certain messenger and
> other
> programs from loading into the trey at start-up but XP (unlike '98)
> advised
> against the changes. How can I get past that without causing problems with
> how the system is running?
>
> Sorry for the long winded questions but this is all new to me and I am at
> a
> loss to work with this OS.
>
> Silk
 
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Thank you Jerry for the name of the book. I'll be looking for it at my local
library. Will let you know if I have further questions.

Silk

"Jerry" wrote:

> Bookstore: Windows XP Inside Out 2nd Edition - ISBN 0-7356-2044-X will
> answer all your questions.
>
> "silkoak" <silkoak@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:4F0B1620-42D0-4A0E-8CB5-E0BCEFF71DDB@microsoft.com...
> >I have just bought a new computer with XP installed. I used to have one
> >that
> > ran WINDOWS '98 and knew where to find out what system resources were
> > available by clicking the My Computer Icon on desktop. Now, with XP, that
> > info isn't in that place. I did figure out that it was in what used to be
> > the
> > 'close program' box accessed with the CNTL/ALT/DEL combo. But under
> > performance there it gives me a CPU animated graph showing percentage
> > being
> > used as opposed to what is remaining. It also shows the page file usage
> > and
> > below that it gives 4 areas of info: TOTALS: handles, threads, and
> > processes,
> > then next to that is the Physical Memory area, and finally the Kernal
> > memory
> > and Commit Charge areas. None of this means anything to me unfortunately.
> > Where can I find out what they mean?
> >
> > Second question is about the Processes running in the background. In the
> > '98
> > Close Program box is showed what was running at any given time. While XP
> > breaks it up into 'applications' and 'processes, and 'performance' and
> > 'networking' and 'users' most of which, again, means nothing to me at the
> > moment. But I did note that under Processes it shows a huge amount of
> > applicatons running in the background of the computer. Do I need them all?
> > What ones can be removed from the list to free up my RAM? I am supposed to
> > have 256 RAM but the info shows that I only really have 224 and the PF
> > usage
> > in the Performance showes 174 MB usage at a CPU running between 0% and 7%
> > as
> > I am typing this.
> >
> > Last, In the trey, I was originally told that the more I have in there,
> > the
> > more resources are being used. I tried to remove certain messenger and
> > other
> > programs from loading into the trey at start-up but XP (unlike '98)
> > advised
> > against the changes. How can I get past that without causing problems with
> > how the system is running?
> >
> > Sorry for the long winded questions but this is all new to me and I am at
> > a
> > loss to work with this OS.
> >
> > Silk
>
>
>
 
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Task Manager overview
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/taskman_whats_there_w.mspx

256 - 224 = 32 MB RAM used by your on-board video adapter.
For better performance, purchase and install a dedicated AGP
video card. Adding an additional 256MB RAM would also
boost performance.

Services Guide for Windows XP
http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Silk" wrote:

| I have just bought a new computer with XP installed. I used to have one that
| ran WINDOWS '98 and knew where to find out what system resources were
| available by clicking the My Computer Icon on desktop. Now, with XP, that
| info isn't in that place. I did figure out that it was in what used to be the
| 'close program' box accessed with the CNTL/ALT/DEL combo. But under
| performance there it gives me a CPU animated graph showing percentage being
| used as opposed to what is remaining. It also shows the page file usage and
| below that it gives 4 areas of info: TOTALS: handles, threads, and processes,
| then next to that is the Physical Memory area, and finally the Kernal memory
| and Commit Charge areas. None of this means anything to me unfortunately.
| Where can I find out what they mean?
|
| Second question is about the Processes running in the background. In the '98
| Close Program box is showed what was running at any given time. While XP
| breaks it up into 'applications' and 'processes, and 'performance' and
| 'networking' and 'users' most of which, again, means nothing to me at the
| moment. But I did note that under Processes it shows a huge amount of
| applicatons running in the background of the computer. Do I need them all?
| What ones can be removed from the list to free up my RAM? I am supposed to
| have 256 RAM but the info shows that I only really have 224 and the PF usage
| in the Performance showes 174 MB usage at a CPU running between 0% and 7% as
| I am typing this.
|
| Last, In the trey, I was originally told that the more I have in there, the
| more resources are being used. I tried to remove certain messenger and other
| programs from loading into the trey at start-up but XP (unlike '98) advised
| against the changes. How can I get past that without causing problems with
| how the system is running?
|
| Sorry for the long winded questions but this is all new to me and I am at a
| loss to work with this OS.
|
| Silk
 
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Thank you Carey for the site info. I will head there right after posting this.

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

> Task Manager overview
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/taskman_whats_there_w.mspx
>
> 256 - 224 = 32 MB RAM used by your on-board video adapter.
> For better performance, purchase and install a dedicated AGP
> video card. Adding an additional 256MB RAM would also
> boost performance.
>
> Services Guide for Windows XP
> http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
>
> Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "Silk" wrote:
>
> | I have just bought a new computer with XP installed. I used to have one that
> | ran WINDOWS '98 and knew where to find out what system resources were
> | available by clicking the My Computer Icon on desktop. Now, with XP, that
> | info isn't in that place. I did figure out that it was in what used to be the
> | 'close program' box accessed with the CNTL/ALT/DEL combo. But under
> | performance there it gives me a CPU animated graph showing percentage being
> | used as opposed to what is remaining. It also shows the page file usage and
> | below that it gives 4 areas of info: TOTALS: handles, threads, and processes,
> | then next to that is the Physical Memory area, and finally the Kernal memory
> | and Commit Charge areas. None of this means anything to me unfortunately.
> | Where can I find out what they mean?
> |
> | Second question is about the Processes running in the background. In the '98
> | Close Program box is showed what was running at any given time. While XP
> | breaks it up into 'applications' and 'processes, and 'performance' and
> | 'networking' and 'users' most of which, again, means nothing to me at the
> | moment. But I did note that under Processes it shows a huge amount of
> | applicatons running in the background of the computer. Do I need them all?
> | What ones can be removed from the list to free up my RAM? I am supposed to
> | have 256 RAM but the info shows that I only really have 224 and the PF usage
> | in the Performance showes 174 MB usage at a CPU running between 0% and 7% as
> | I am typing this.
> |
> | Last, In the trey, I was originally told that the more I have in there, the
> | more resources are being used. I tried to remove certain messenger and other
> | programs from loading into the trey at start-up but XP (unlike '98) advised
> | against the changes. How can I get past that without causing problems with
> | how the system is running?
> |
> | Sorry for the long winded questions but this is all new to me and I am at a
> | loss to work with this OS.
> |
> | Silk
>