What to do with a problem like Windows XP!

Windows XP is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops and media centres. First released to computer manufacturers on August 24, 2001, it is the second most popular version of Windows, based on installed user base. The name “XP” is short for “eXPerience”, highlighting the enhanced user experience.

Windows XP allocates ‘handles’ to an application when in use. Their total allocation can be seen in the task manager interface. These handles are low level data structures intrinsic to the mechanics of the operating system. They represent open instances of objects applications interact with. These objects can be files, shared memory or the registry keys.

Windows XP has a limit of 12,000 handles before it has to start swapping things around (slow downs) and at 15,000 handles allocated it starts to behave unpredictably. InfoNet typically uses between 500 and 750 handles.

Users are able to see how many handles are being used by the system through the Task Manager. If during usage of InfoNet along with other application the 12,000 limit is surpassed InfoNet may crash or return ‘Out Of Memory’ messages when attempting certain tasks.

After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. It is usually our policy at Innovyze to discontinue our support of our products on no longer supported Windows platforms.

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    About Idris Nujjoo

    Idris is the Product Sector Leader for InfoNet and InfoMaster and has been working for Innovyze (and its earlier incarnations) since 2001 and specifically working on InfoNet and Asset Management for the past decade.
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