In my opinion, one of the reasons 1 GB has become the de facto “real world”Â minimum requirement for loading Windows is because after the operating system is loaded, a slew of resource hungry watch guard programs are loaded. When I say watch guard, I’m referring to antivirus, antispywareÂ and firewall programs.
A good guideline is a single antivirus program and (up to) 2 antispyware programs should be enough. If you don’t have a hardware firewall/router, the built in Windows firewall should be adequate for most everyone.
I understand a computer needs to be protected, but a computer’s sole purpose isn’t to run monitoring programs, it is to use it for what you need. A quick way to slow down any machine is to load it up with monitoring programs which not only consume memory, but alsoÂ have to give anything you want to do their seal of approval before allowing it.
For a quick example, our training machines here run Windows XP Pro on 1.5 Ghz Celerons with 512 MB of RAM with no antivirus orÂ antispyware at all…Â and run faster than several production machines with twice the capatibilities running the same programs.
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