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Two Computers, Same OS, Different Speeds

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#1 tcharleschapman


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:33 PM

We have two computers, both running Windows XP.  They are:

  • Dell Dimension 8250
  • Dell Dimension E310

The 8250 boots really fast but tends to run slow.


The E310 boots slow but runs relatively fast in comparison.


Is there any reason why this would be?  





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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:35 PM

Do they have the same start-ups?  Same amount of RAM?  Same number of running processes?


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#3 tcharleschapman

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:48 PM

The E310 has more RAM and more processes running and probably more start-ups.


To be honest, it is my wife's computer and, while I am somewhat computer literate, I don't know what programs and start-ups really don't need to be on here.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:01 AM

The relative speed of any system...is more influencedd by amount of RAM installed and number of programs/processes installed/running...than any other factors, IMO.


Any system with a minimal amount of bloatware and resource-heavy programs...will seemingly outperform a system with less RAM and more programs/perocesses installed/running...if speed is the only criterion used.


A system that is asked to do more and which does so efficiently...would be seen to outperform a system...that is asked to do much more, more often.  Same as human beings :)



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