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I have two identical pc, Dell vostro 200. both with XP.

Normal usage, all scans done, bla bla bla, all updates dones,...

One uses 102 000k of memory to run the system, and the other uses 220k...

wtf ? i did try to find a simple process monitor to see a tree of the system usage and pinpoint what application under the system uses so much...

any recommendations (sys internal is too complex)..

tia.

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Hit the Ctrl/Alt/Delete keys all at the same time (sometimes you need to hit the three keys at the same time twice) and bring up windows task manager, then click on the applications tab to see what programs are running, and then click on the processes tab and see what processes are running on each computer and the memory usage of each process. Make sure you check the box to show processes from all users down at the bottom of the processes screen. It's very simple. Do this right after a boot or reboot and don't start running any programs other than what you have set to run at startup (which may be the real difference -- what programs you have running after a boot).

Once you've done that report back here with the number of programs running and the number of processes running that you find.

It could be that one of the two computers is using Imperial Memory by accident (like your Imperial gallons ha-ha).

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Hit the Ctrl/Alt/Delete keys all at the same time (sometimes you need to hit the three keys at the same time twice) and bring up windows task manager, then click on the applications tab to see what programs are running, and then click on the processes tab and see what processes are running on each computer and the memory usage of each process. Make sure you check the box to show processes from all users down at the bottom of the processes screen. It's very simple. Do this right after a boot or reboot and don't start running any programs other than what you have set to run at startup (which may be the real difference -- what programs you have running after a boot).

Once you've done that report back here with the number of programs running and the number of processes running that you find.

It could be that one of the two computers is using Imperial Memory by accident (like your Imperial gallons ha-ha).

lol...i already know that "trick" F1...what the process manager doesnt show is what process are under the "system" process. It is something internal, not visible by the casual geek. the problem is there isnt any unusual process or a high quantity of them, just that the system process takes a lot on one of my pc and the other which has the exact same config doesnt.

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