Outlook handling 7500 emails per week? - How to improve performance?
Posted on 2004-03-26
Os: Windows XP Pro SP2.
Email: Outlook XP.
The below is mainly background etc. But if I understand it (which I might not!!) then I think what I want to do is provide Outlook with higher percetage of my system resources. Is this possible? If so, how?
I use outlook as my email client, and receive about 7500 emails each week, a lot of which are obviously spam which get deleted automatically by my anti-spam software, they are also all virus checked and I have a few rules setup to organise them.
However, opening Outlook every morning takes aguess, often over half an hour. Am I simply putting to much demand on the system with the quantity, filters etc or are there tweaks I can do to make it faster while still being able to access all my data if needed? E.g. Archive but keep live!?
Clearly, I have considered upgrading hardware, I only have 256mb ram for example, so thought adding 512mb would help, however when looking at resources used while Outlook is booting, it is quite low, there is plenty spare for me to do other things for example. Therefore is there a way to provide Outlook more resource?
Should I be using a eMail server, like Exchange? That might be considered over the top, as if I simply leave the computer on over night I clearly don't have to boot it in the morning.
Maybe I could shedule my computer to turn on and boot Outlook on start up? However, I believe that requires a BIOS feature I don't have. In addition, it is simply getting round the problem rather than solving it.
Is it something I haven't thought of like my hard drive being to slow? It is 7200rpm, but my outlook PST is about a GB.
Look forward to your reply :)