Any tips to reduce the memory footprint of MS-Vista and XP?

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    Hi All,
    I have MS windows Vista one a HP laptop(Intel Core 2 duo 1.83 ghz and 2 gb ram) & xp on acer laptop(AMD dual core 2.2 Ghz & 1gb ram). I recently downloaded windows xp black edition from a torrent and installed it in VM and noticed that it takes a mere 95 MB after bootup!!! I would like to have similar small memory footprints for my vista machine (currently taking up 1.12 gb after bootup) & xp (currently taking up 450 MB after bootup).
    Any tips to get similar results??
     
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    ^^^ Don't discuss here about torrents and pirated softwares.:x
     
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    Well you seem to have misunderstood the question : How to reduce memory footprint in Vista and XP?
    It's not How to download Vista and XP from torrents!!!!!!
     
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    He has download through torrent but the rules says not to discuss anything related to pirated softwares. If I misunderstood it then you can help. [​IMG]
     
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    But the version of Vista and Xp on the laptops is 100% legal.
    Does that soothe your nerves?
     
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    It's already a whole 2 gb for the 1gb xp laptop and 4gb for the 2gb vista laptop.
     
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    If you have Aero effects turned on in Vista, it takes a lot of memory. Turn down the lights and see what happens.
     
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    Just to mention, if it does not make you crazy.(Caution:mentioning pirated software ahead.)
    The XP black edition had a memory footprint of 95MB against that of 435 MB of the legal XP install on my laptop.
    I have turned off all the fancy stuff and tweaked most of the settings, but unable to understand as to how can we really get such a small footprint!!!
     
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    ^^^ Install the legal ones
     
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    Download this software 'minimem'.. You can use it to reduce it to reduce the memory footprint of individual softwares. As for your os a fresh installation will always have a smaller footprint than an older installation. Try defraging your comp or better defrag your pagefile using 'pagedefrag'... Also download 'autoruns' for a comprehensive look at all you startup programs... Me using legal WinXP (dunno if same applies for Vista) and after all dis got a memory footprint of 134MB..
     
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    Thanks for the constructive input. Will try out and post the result here soon.
     
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    Hey btw are you getting the 95 MB footprint while using anti-virus/firewall softwares...
     
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    Nopes, it does not have AV, but assuming worst case, that AV takes up another 100MB still and a few more software taking up another 100 MB of RAM, I still think that tweaking is possible in my case. So lets see what else can I knockoff from the software installed list.
     
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    After some searching around found the main culprits:
    1. Indexing service.
    2. Windows themes.
    And the super villian of them all:
    3. SuperFetch - This one was eating up memory progressively.
    Stop these and other unwanted services in Vista and a decent amount of memory frees up.
    If you want to reclaim a bit of disk space, disable System Restore - It's an old trick since Win2k.
    --eminemence.
     
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