Low Recourses

When i start my system i have 78% recourses.  Thats with nothing but the basics starting on startup.  I eliminated everything else cause it was sucking all the recourses.  My question is.  Why do such small programs take so many recourses.  (Example)  Aol instant messanger takes 9%  yahoo messanger same thing.  Elol(A small joke program)4%  My old system which ran win98 also never ever had a problem like this.  Its not that i open all up at the same time.  but everytime i look up the recourses it seems that its alittle lower all the time.  I am closing the programs correctly so i know none are leaking.  I did have a hp updates backweb program that booted on startup and used to leak recourses real bad.  but its not started anymore, and i cant seem to figure out whats going on.  Thanks in advance for any input or help you can give.
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After a boot I have only 73% resources and thats with 64MB Ram. I'm going to upgrade that of course, possibly another 128MB.

To answer the question though, all programs once they are run will leave some trace behind in the swap file of windows, and as this is counted as resourses you will see your resourses diminish.

Windows does not tidy up everything properly 100% of the time either so this affects it also.
Plus, Freeware and Shareware programmes may be leaking if they are poorly written. In fact any programmes for that matter.

As a bit of contradiction I recommend that you get a program called Xteq-X-Setup, download available at www.Jumbo.com.
It is a configuration tool for windows allowing easy access to some neat tricks. The option of a fresh Swap file to be created for windows at each boot is the one to take.

Also there are many memory manager tools that will defrag and tidy up RAM.
Although I haven't noticed any Free ones.

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patrickhinckleAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info!!!  I will go and get that program right now.  
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