Yesterday, my friend brought to my attention that he is loosing memory even when not doing anything. For example, when we loaded Tweak XP and opened up a menu window which displayed how much physical memory is on the system and how much is being used at that time, a surprising thing happened. Little by little, we both saw declines in the system RAM even without opening up additional programs. Of course when Optimize is selected, the available RAM went back to about 230MB.
With these points in mind, we are wondering what might can be done to prevent the system RAM from being drained like that. Should we review and disable a few things within Startup and Services of msconfig? Or, is this a situation in which adding more physical RAM will be the only fix? He has noticed that the HDD grinds a lot when loading pages within his Yahoo games.
The OS is Windows XP Professional and the amount of RAM is 256MB. The processor is a Celeron 400MHz.
Any thoughts or suggestions for correcting this mysterious problem will be appreciated. I must confess it is a bit strange for the amount of available system RAM to decline even during the absence of performing task.
I look forward to reviewing everyone's ideas regarding this matter.