Such software preys on old DOS hounds and new users that haven't dived into how a VM based OS works. Here's a beginning tutorial.
"Why is there so little Free RAM?
Windows will always try to find some use for all of RAM ? even a trivial one. If nothing else it will retain code of programs in RAM after they exit, in case they are needed again. Anything left over will be used to cache further files ? just in case they are needed. But these uses will be dropped instantly should some other use come along. Thus there should rarely be any significant amount of RAM ?free?. That term is a misnomer ? it ought to be ?RAM for which Windows can currently find no possible use?. The adage is: ?Free RAM is wasted RAM?."
Why would you want to not use all available RAM?
Does RAM Optimization software (e.g FreeRamXP etc.) really speed up machines , or does it just stick background stuff onto the hard drive's virtual memory/ page file, freeing up physical memory to be used on a foreground application.
I've heard good things about this kind of software. However, my hard drive is slow (even though I defrag it every week). Therefore, I want to minimize the amount of info read to and from the hard drive to speed up the machine.
My machine has 1.2 Gigs of DDR 2700 Ram. I only use it to run Word, Outlook and Explorer.
Do I really need software that "frees up RAM" by putting some processes in my (slow) virtual memory? Or is there software that I can use that will force everything to be put into my physical memory (which given my low usage, there is plenty of).