How much does Vista Aero take up CPU and memory ??

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by MarkKim, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. MarkKim

    MarkKim Guest


    Sorry if this question has been already asked and answered. I tried to
    search for the simalir question but failed to find one.

    My computer is Dell inspiron 9300.

    Intel CPU - 1.83hz
    Ram - 1GB (just ordered 2GB from Crucial)
    Graphic - Geforce Go 6800 256MB

    Because CPU, I get 3.5 for overall performance. 5.X for grahpic.

    I read about how to check how much resources are being used through Task
    Manager (performance - resource monitor). I observed what happens when the
    sidebar is used. It used 7% of my cpu usage. so I decided not to use it.

    Now, I'd like to see what happens with the use of Vista Aero, Vista Basic
    and windows standard for my destop appearance. But I don't know what to look
    at in Resource Monitor.

    First time, when i installed Vista, it was ok then got super slower.. So
    I turned off all the visual effects and found some tips about what to turn
    off services.. and so on.. Then, I installed Tuneup and Perfect Disk ..

    I don't like to have many icons on the desktop. I prefer using short-cuts. I
    used Winkey since win98. but Winkey is not working anymore so I'm using Vista
    shortcut (win key + 1 ~ 9) and (Alt+Clt + ' '). (if anyone know what to make
    winkey work in Vista, that will be great!!!. you can get it from here,5506-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html

    I'm also using ReadyBoost (1.8G).. ..

    All these settings has improved the speed of vista, I believe. I opened more
    than 10 PDF files and Opera (don't like using Internet exploerer), Azureus..
    and so on. But the system doesn't drag much. I was impressed!!!!! I'm
    guessing becasue of ReadyBoost.

    But I'm thinking that I'd like to have a little nicer look of Desktop. I
    feel I'm compromising too much for the speed. Well, as long as you can do
    your stuffs, I don't belive the look of vista matters.. but just want to
    change it a bit. Have a photo on desktop as well. ^ ^

    Just wondering how much Vista Aero (full effects), vista basic take up cpu
    usuage and memory (main memory not Graphic card memory) and whether it slows
    the computer down a bit or not.

    MarkKim, Jun 30, 2007
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  2. The sidebar or, more accurately, the gadgets on the sidebar can have an
    adverse effect on Vista performance, especially those that continually


    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jun 30, 2007
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