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RAM, ROM and Task Managers

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I’ve prepared a short list of articles which should help you understand Windows Mobile memory management and storage space issues, as this is something completely different than in desktop workstations.

First of all, you should know the difference between RAM and ROM. This article covers more than you probably need to know, but it’s worth reading. You can also check out everything about SD cards, to have an all round review of WM device remembering capabilities.

Now some more serious stuff for advanced users. Those three articles are a key to understand why Windows Mobile devices suck so much RAM. The first one gives examples of biggest RAM eaters, the next one explains pagefile issues and the third one sums up all what you really need to you know about RAM.

In the end, the best part: should we use task managers? For new users I’ll explain that in Windows Mobile the X close button doesn’t really close the application. It just sends it to background. The are two ways to choose and both have dis/advantages: let it work like it was programed (you can always use “menu -> settings -> memory -> running programs” to close an app but it’s not very comfortable) or use a third party task manager to permanently close unused apps like in desktop computer.

Microsoft way

Frequently used apps open much faster as they are running in background and you want close (lose) any unsaved work by mistake. In my opinion it works fine and there is only one downside. If you use your device a lot, work with many programs simultaneously, fast switching between them is quite frustrating. In casual scenarios however there is no need for a task manager, unless your device gets sluggish after few days. Read The Emperor has no close to get an idea of how Microsoft intendeds this to work.

Task Managers

Task managers differ, some can only replace the X button with real close, some can add minimize and close buttons and there are also complete solutions for managing apps in Windows style. The downside is that it takes a considerable amount of time to reload closed applications (e.g. Skype) and you will want to keep them closed with more sophisticated Windows type managers just like you do on your Desktop, to keep out of clutter. Many times you also close something accidentally…

I choose the second option as I use my device a lot and require total control however there are times I hasitate and switch off my manager to see how things work without it. Try WkTask.

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Written by Hadrys

May 3, 2008 at 16:13

Posted in Office in my pocket

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  1. […] bunch of ordinary guys worked out how to extract, make it better and recompiled it again as a new ROM, including the latest version of Windows Mobile 6.1, patches, updates and fixes. Those guys were […]

  2. […] older reference links on Windows Mobile memory management:  – RAM, ROM and Task Managers  – How WM 5.0 Shell Handles Low Memory Situations  – Memory Management on WM 6.x  […]

  3. […] older reference links on Windows Mobile memory management: – RAM, ROM and Task Managers – How WM 5.0 Shell Handles Low Memory Situations – Memory Management on WM 6.x – MSDN Webcast: […]


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