XP (sp2).....updated 768 MB of RAM NO visual styles/Windowblinds NO desktop icons (only Recylcle Bin) NO widgets or sidebar (just using wallpaper) Using "Quick Launch" toolbar w/ just 2 icons present Running "Taskbar" + "Folder Windows" as seperate process (via tweak) Programs at start-up: KIS 7, WinPatrol, AD Muncher, cFosSpeed and SRS Audio Sandbox. XP services (manually tweaked) ----------------------------- I've noticed in the past few weeks that the memory usage of explorer.exe is getting higher and higher. It was always pretty stable around 13-15 K....and slowly it creeped up to around 17-18 K. Now it's running around 26-28 K (on computer start-up) and reaches around 35 K after an hour or so of computer use (ie internet browsing). Does anyone know what might be causing this spike in "explorer.exe"........and is there a way to REDUCE the mem usuage (either via settings/tweaks or a software)? Thanks.