Now things are much better- its clean and had a field day with add/remove programs and autoruns. Installed ccleaner, spywareblaster and avast. (For some reason ad-aware made THIS computer crawl- I don't get it but they are not all created equal.) installed k-lite codec pac to replace the removed video programs.
The current problem is low memory- 512. this is compounded by new software like windows live and itunes. When I got this thing it had less than 100 mb of ram available- sometimes waaaaay less. this was only running task manager. This now has 225-275 available with nothing running.
This morning after a slow- (3-5 min.) boot up I opened ie8 (at least 1 minute start to google) did more research and came up with prefetch- differing opinions but went ahead and looked in folder anyway- found over a hundred .pf files in it- pages of them- there were many from programs that were deleted. I removed all but a few and rebooted twice letting it 'sit' for a couple of minutes each time. It now boots quicker and ie8 INITIAL load times went down to less than 10 seconds. Clarification- the old minute load time was only for initial also- after that approx 10 sec.- secondary load time from button to google are currently 2-4 seconds. I am happy with the current boot/load times.
The Problem: What are the definitions of AppLaunchMaxNumPages and AppLaunchMaxNumSections?
Prefetch 'cleaning' made a huge difference on THIS laptop but it will fill up again and bog it down- Sue won't be able to clean it so I want to limit it to boot, ie8, windows live messenger, ccleaner, avast, itunes, and word. Nobody really cares if solitaire takes 1 or 3 seconds to load. the above programs are the ones that are run often or are 'big'.
What I would like to do is limit the number of application files in the prefetch folder due to low memory and a slow processer.
What I do not want to do is change the allowable size of these files.
I am thinking that pages and sections are size and number of files but not even sure of that-
Anybody know this one?
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters]
Edited by Bill1821, 19 March 2010 - 11:03 PM.