We know of various programs like Process Tamer and Process Lasso adjust settings. (Process Tamer is a great.)
What I really want now is a utility that just tells me how bad is the need for new memory (or other possible upgrades or tweaks might come to play). e.g. At work I noted that a heavily used XP system only had 512 KB. Oops. That was a no-brainer and we quickly bumped it up to 2 Gigabytes. (Yes, we could consider 4 Gb in some situations, with most addressable.) The user was quite happy. (The network guy is less aware of this stuff.)
Yet some cases might be less clear. Example: a 1 Gigabyte XP-system that does not have the heavyweight memory usage programs (in my case Firefox, Eudora, Linkman). Perhaps an upgrade to 2-Gb would be a big improvement, perhaps not.
So a utility that looks historically at things like Page File usage might indicate whether there was lots of need, especially for more memory. If there is a lot of swapping .. upgrade the memory.
Looking around, I don't see a utility quite in that alley.
The newish freeware CS Fire Monitor from PCWinTech :
CS Fire Monitor - System Monitoring Tool v.3.0.1
Is an example of a reporting tool that might be close, yet it looks like it does not specially focus on memory and upgrade questions, although it includes memory analysis. More importantly, it looks to be more of a snapshot than an historical reporting tool. (Although I have not yet loaded it, it was one of the more interesting analysis tools that have little mention so far here on DC so feel free to comment.)
What I want is something that I can load on a system, stick in the startup folder, and come back a week later and meanwhile be totally unobtrusive. And will give good, helpful info when I get back there.
Any suggestions ?