Windows XP is considered to be a very fast operating system. That doesn't mean that with a little bit of tweaking you can't squeeze more performance out of the system. CachemanXP is a tool designed to aid you in tweaking your computer by auto-optimizing system parameters.
Windows XP Performance
Unlike other tuneup utilities, CachemanXP runs as a system service, minimizing resource usage and improving Windows XP performance at system-level.
Manage running programs
CachemanXP can display an overview of running Windows XP applications along with exact process details including RAM usage. CachemanXP is able to end non responding programs, also in the case where the task manager will fail! You get several other process management features including lowering the memory usage of any program, changing the process priority permanently or moving the application window to front.
PC Hardware Tuneup
CachemanXP offers a wide range of PC Hardware Tuneup options including tweaks of computer cache. What is a computer cache? A cache in computing is a high speed data storage component. Your computer tries to get data from a cache, before accessing slower storage components. The more data can be accessed from the cache, the better the computer's performance becomes. CachemanXP's one-click optimization will tweak all cache parameters, but you can change them also manually.
Display memory and CPU Usage in Tray Icons
With CachemanXP you get up to 3 configurable tray icons in the Windows XP Tray Area. When you right click a tray icon, you can set which system information should be displayed in that particular tray icon image. Default icon display consist of free memory and CPU Usage. The visualization type can be configured as graph, block or numeric display. If you want to change color and font options double click a tray icon and go to the options tab in CachemanXP's configuration window.
Change process priority for good
In Windows XP any program (=process) can be changed to temporarily run with a lower or higher processor priority. When a lower priority is configured for a process, Windows XP will give it less resources. A high priority process will get more CPU time. This can increase the performance of that particular process (especially if you run many applicaions at the same time). With CachemanXP you can change process priority for good, so it will be still at the configured priority after you reboot your computer.
RAM Recovery functionality is already included in Windows XP. You may ask yourself why there are so many programs that offer this feature. There is no magic behind this function. Inactive or crashed programs are simply moved from your physical memory (RAM) to a space on your Hard Drive called the Paging File (=Swap File). If Windows XP does recover RAM already, why bother? As an example imagine a netbook computer with 1024 MBytes of RAM. After booting up you have 700 MBytes free RAM left. You launch several larger applications, work with them and free RAM goes constantly down. After hours there is only 50 MBytes of free memory left. Then you start loading a data file that needs 80 MBytes of RAM. Now the Windows XP RAM recovery feature becomes active, programs that have not been used for a longer time are moved out to the Paging File in order to make room for 80 MBytes of data. This process consumes both CPU time and causes disk activity - it creates a slow down. Preferably you would like to work with the data immediately, not wait until Windows XP makes room for it. Instead your cursor becomes a hourglass and you have to wait.
What does CachemanXP differently? CachemanXP won't wait with the recovery until your system runs completely out of RAM. You can configure at which state (below value) CachemanXP should perform the recovery process. The postpone recovery on option ensures that no recovery happens if you are working on an important task and do not want to be disturbed. CachemanXP will wait until the job is done and perform the recovery thereafter. Since the recovery happens earlier as usual your system will have enough RAM available a much longer time. How does this CachemanXP feature differ from RAM-Recovery in other programs? Almost all RAM-Recovery programs do more harm than good. It makes no sense to recover memory from programs if there is still free RAM available. You computer memory SHOULD be used to the maximum extend. Other Ram utilities recover very frequently (constant disk activity). Too much data gets moved to the Paging File (so when the user switches programs there are major slow downs) and often the recovery is executed at a time when the user does something important and CPU consuming, slowing down all system operations.
CachemanXP ensures that..
* no recovery happens if the system has still a lot of free RAM left (below setting)
* long pauses between recovery operations (pause setting)
* the recovery will be postponed if CPU intensive applications (like video editing software or a fullscreen game) are working
* active programs are not moved to the Paging File
Windows 2000/2003 or XP