Windows XP: Removing programs to speed up my pc
Posted on 2007-12-05
I use a fair number of software tools simultaneously which grinds my pc down to a halt at times. Having increased my RAM to 2Gig it still seems to be running slowly.
I understand that something which slows my pc is the number of programs installed, found via:
Control Panel>Add/Remove programs
.. and sure enough i have an awful number of programs installed. The significance of this list however has always baffled me. The window lists all the programs installed, is it referring to the programs currently loaded/installed in to RAM, or the programs installed on hard disk? ..
.. surely if it refers to programs installed on the machine i.e. on the hard disk, then this shouldn't affect the pc speed. And if this refers to programs loaded into memory, then by removing them (via add/remove programs), i can still load them into memory by running the program directly right? .. thereby loading it into memory as and when i want? i.e. i run no risk of removing and permanently removing something by mistake?
So, does removing programs from this list then remove them from running in RAM, or remove them from the machine completey?
And finally.. i've always heard that having a full desktop (i.e. many icons) also slows the machine. Do all the files on the desktop also effect speed/RAM memory? For example, could it be considered very BAD practice to have a large file on the desktop? i.e. a large zip??
Thanks, full credit awarded to whoever can clarify my above doubts and suspicions, as well as much gratitude! :)
P.S any other obvious tips for speeding up my pc would be much appreciated :)