Exploring dwm.exe while switching from Basic to Aero UI
in Vista with only Process Explorer running
The other day I spent some time tweaking the performance of my MacBook Pro (my new work machine) and while I’ve been using Vista for over six months I’m just now coming to realize the cost its new Window manager (dwm.exe) particularly when using the Aero UI in terms of system resources. Basically, I’ve reached the conclusion that on this machine it’s not worth the memory nor battery power for the pretty UI. Not only does it consume 15 times (you read that right) more RAM than the Aero Basic setting it really helps chew through the battery which up until now is something I wasn’t concerned about as I wasn’t a laptop kind of guy.
How does your mileage with Aero compare, is it taking the same toll on system resources?