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Windows XP question
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Donna from Mo    Posted 02-21-2004 at 04:58:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't find out how to check my system resources on XP. Windows ME even had a resource meter you could keep running, so you'd know when you were low. I probably will never have a problem, since I have lots of RAM on this computer. But I'm curious.

Patria    Posted 02-21-2004 at 08:30:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can access your system resources info in many ways but you can get there also by hitting
start->my computer, now, here you'll find a display with 'Files Stored on This Computer'-
'Hard Disk Drives' - 'Devices with Removable Storage'. Click once on your drives, you will find 'Details' for each on the menu at your left with the size of each and the space you have left.

Hope this works.

Dave Munson    Posted 02-21-2004 at 07:37:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try the below link. The site, MajorGeeks is my favorite for the last year on utilities. The most popular program on the below link is a free XP memory program FreeRAM XP Pro (free program) that defragments and frees up your ram.

I don't know what works for XP. I am still on '98.

The best all-in-one utility program is a program called X-Setup. You can find it on the Major Geeks site or

- Dave

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 10:20:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, that looks like a great site. I saved it to favorites.

RusselAZ    Posted 02-21-2004 at 07:23:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do a ctrl-alt-del just like in 98. It will bring up the task manager. Clik on the preformance tab. within that you can select what you want to see. While the task manager is active (minimize it) there will be a little green box on the task bar. It will give you a good at a glance idea if you should start over loading the system.

Jessie    Posted 02-21-2004 at 07:05:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Go to start then to all programs then to assessories then you'll see several options including system tools go to system tools and make your selection.

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 07:15:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, I have a feeling the information is there somewhere under "system information". It just isn't in a form that I can read or understand, the way it was on 98. Oh well, as I said before, I was mainly asking out of curiousity. Thanks.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:23:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have no clue about XP...

Have you tried 'start/programs/accessories/system info' ?

I don't even know if XP has a 'Start' lol

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:35:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ewww, that got me a bunch of Greek gibberish I don't understand! Of course, when it comes to computers, I don't really understand a lot anyhow.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:38:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
That should tell you how much of your 'resources' you have clear...It will tell you percentage of RAM free basically...

If you do 'Start/Programs/Accessories/System Monitor' is that even there?

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:46:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, system tools is there... and system restore. I like XP, but there are some things I wish they'd left alone. Like scandisk, for instance. You have to work at it now, to run scan disk. And it isn't called that.

cowgirlj    Posted 02-21-2004 at 06:37:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try a right click on the MY COMPUTER icon, go to PROPERTIES and then PERFORMANCE

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 06:47:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
On XP, there is no performance tab there.

~Lenore question?    Posted 02-21-2004 at 08:40:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, I found mine...
now I have a litlle icon with three green bars.
It says I have 79% system and user resouces free and 88% GDI resouces free.
What does it all mean???

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 10:54:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, on my old computer, you had to watch your resources or they'd get low, and the computer would freeze up and crash on me. That's never happened with this one, which is why I said I was asking about it simply out of curiousity.

~Lenore    Posted 02-21-2004 at 11:03:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok, there is a whole lot I do not understand about computers. Thank goodness I don't need to, to use one! LOL
I have never had mine crash or "freeze up".
I do like to learn things that can help me prevent problems, I have Windows ME.

Cindi    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:16:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you tried right clicking on your desktop computer icon>?

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:22:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep. It's different than 98 and ME, and none of the tabs seem to give me system resources.

Bill in TN    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:34:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try hitting control alt del. Click on task manager. click on performance..Let me know if this is what your looking for....

Donna    Posted 02-21-2004 at 05:37:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm... it says CPU usage and PF usage, whatever that means. The old resource meter was so simple, you could just keep it running at the bottom of the screen, so you knew when to reboot.

Jet9N    Posted 02-21-2004 at 07:56:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
You've got to remember "Progress is our most
important problem".



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