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Microsoft® Windows® XP Inside Out Deluxe, 9780735618053 by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Chapter 14. Tuning Up System Performance

Detecting Common Performance Bottlenecks 406

Monitoring Memory Usage 409

Avoiding CPU Overload 414

Making the Most of Virtual Memory 415

Managing Programs and Processes 418

Advanced System Performance Measurement 431

Advanced System Tweaks 437

Every Windows user has experienced sudden, unexplained slowdowns in system performance. Routine actions that normally take a few microseconds suddenly cause your computer to stop responding. Your hard disk chatters incessantly. You're forced to wait when switching between programs. Surprisingly, you don't need an engineering degree, an oscilloscope, or expensive third-party software to track down the cause of these performance problems and solve them.

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