Windows 7 Memory Management and Networking Memory Management and cache usage With Vista, Microsoft introduced a new technology called Super Fetch for caching applications and speeding up boot times. This feature preloads frequently used applications into RAM, so they can be accessed quicker when they’re needed. The Super Fetch feature in Windows 7 differs significantly in approach and cache memory usage from its counterpart in Vista. Under Vista, the caching of applications starts immediately at boot-up. In Wi9ndows 7 Super Fetch gets a delayed start and eventually also allocates much lesser RAM to it. This means Windows 7 uses lesser resources without affecting performance and launch time of applications. The cache usage is also lower as compared to Vista. Networking Windows Vista had promised optimized TCP/IP, but didn’t live up to the hype. There were new features like option to set up ad hoc Vi-Fi networks using the network Setup wizard, WPA2 encryption, remembering settings for different LAN connections and the Network Map displaying a graphical view of all your network connected devices, but internally it was no major improvement over XP and file transfer speeds were even lesser than XP generally. No amount of user friendliness can mask the difference in speed. Windows 7 takes Vista’s plethora of features and adds Home Groups. But that’s not it, the performance difference is noticeable. Transferring large files is significantly faster than even XP. The option of setting up a Home Group, which although limited with other Windows 7 machines, make networking simpler and managing a home server easier. Troubleshooting solves most basic problems without requiring any input from your part and you don’t have to call tech support over minor problems like IP conflict and a disabled DHCP.