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Just found something and would like to show you.
« on: May 11, 2011, 11:46:05 pm »
Ok, if you are running a laptop, you must have noticed that the more things you have running, the faster your battery goes.
I have been screwing around allot lately (learning) and I have found out quite a bit.

Irrelevant stuffs.
* If your MineCraft dedicated server goes down for over 5 min, you will get a mass amount of texts worrying about the end of the world.
* Firefox uses almost no memory next to chrome :P

Ok what I really was going to say.
The best way to check what is taking up power on you computer is by checking taskmanger (crtl, shift, and esc)  The set "Memory (Private Working Set)" to be from most to least.
You may notice that windows explorer is in the top 5!
For me it generally takes 60,000K memory thingy (for fun terms :D)
We all need to browse windows, but that is a heck load if you are just internet browsing, watching a movie, playing a game, or pretty much anything. I have one that will save 50,000K.

 Solution
1.  Open command prompt (you could alternately make a script to run a batch file once an hour).
2.  open task manager.
3.  end the process for explorer.exe
4.  OMG EVERYTHING IS GONE (kinda calming isn't it?)
5.  In Command Prompt type "explorer.exe /D C:\Windows"
6.  Your desktop hasn't returned but you may now browse your computer as you wish.

Sidenote: if you screw up and exit out of both cmd and windows explorer, don't fret, just log out and log back in.
Another sidenote: Don't do this if you want more than 6 windows open, as they are separate processes now.
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Re: Just found something and would like to show you.
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011, 11:50:23 pm »
Explorer is just a shell for CMD anyways.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011, 11:51:00 pm »
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2011, 11:53:10 pm »
To restart it just Ctrl+R explorer.exe. I think by opening C:\Windows you're inadvertently restarting the process though.
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Re: Just found something and would like to show you.
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2011, 11:54:21 pm »
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that RAM usage has nothing to do with battery life. If you're worried about battery life, you should be looking at things like CPU usage, GPU usage, screen brightness, bluetooth/wireless, and external devices.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2011, 11:55:37 pm »
I am pretty sure you are wrong as if i shut down a process. lets say firefox. it tends to add at least an hour to battery life (tells me in bottom right of pc)

To restart it just Ctrl+R explorer.exe. I think by opening C:\Windows you're inadvertently restarting the process though.
Nope, that won't work.  try it if you like.

(also a great school prank.  I should go find that old thread)
« Last Edit: May 11, 2011, 11:56:48 pm by Happybobjr »
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Re: Just found something and would like to show you.
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2011, 11:56:15 pm »
Memory intensive processes tend to also have an effect on CPU usage.
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 12:00:18 am »
thats true, but explorer.exe takes very little
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Re: Just found something and would like to show you.
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2011, 07:04:17 pm »
Memory usage is irrelevant for battery usage. At best, those applications take more battery because they're in general more CPU intensive.

Killing Explorer like this will likely save almost no battery life. For what it is, Explorer itself is very lightweight. Disabling things like Aero, [email protected], torrents, etc... will have 100x more effect than killing Explorer will.

You'd be better off sorting by CPU usage and watching what registers over a 30 second period and killing that.
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Re: Just found something and would like to show you.
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2011, 07:16:51 pm »
Memory intensive processes tend to also have an effect on CPU usage.

which is why everyone should use NetScape 3.0 as their web browsers, compared to the others, it uses practically no CPU comparatively to the others ^_^

just gonna throw that out there.