Superfetch in Windows 7 and Vista - by Truenorth069

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ID 396966 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 0
Opened 1/12/2009 1:50:52 PM
Access Restriction Public


Superfetch is interesting in theory, but is not neccessary. This
should be an option to turn on if desired. Superfetch leaves no
memory for using other programs, especially for gamers. I can see for
a business setting, this would be great, if someone does the exact
same thing at the exact same time on their computer every day. How
often does this happen though?? pretty much NEVER! Another bad thing
about superfetch is that it seems to work with microsoft products
only. Not once have I noticed any performance increase from haiving
this enabled. In fact, I have always had a decrease in performance
while having it enabled. This service should be removed or disabled,
and MAYBE be given the option of enabling it for a business
environment. I currently am in charge of quality and assurance in the
US for a global software company, and I test our software on several
windows platforms. This software requires a lot of system resources,
which are not available if superfetch is enabled. This works the same
for any other non-microsoft product. I spend plenty of my time
"tweaking" windows and its services to have the best performance.
Superfetch is by far the worst of them all. Anyone who doesn't
believe this.. just try stopping, disabling superfetch, then restart
your computer. You will notice your cache will be free, and you will
have much more free memory to actually use other programs.
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Posted by Kathy [MSFT] on 1/13/2009 at 5:22 PM
Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, this issue was filed against SQL Server Analysis Services; however, SuperFetch is a Windows operating system feature. Please re-file your suggestion in the Windows bug database.