twistedvincent wrote:I've only used IE9 X64 and didn't notice it's footprint in the 2 minutes I had it running.
That is probably one of Microsoft's dirty tricks with which they defeated the superior browser Netscape some decades ago.
To make I.E. APPEAR to launch much faster than Netscape etc,
Microsoft embedded much of I.E. within the Operating System so that much of I.E. was loaded from disc and running in RAM before the system was ready for the user to launch Netscape.
This is like a 100 yard race in which the local home favorite is allowed to walk to within two yards of the finish line before the user can fire the starting pistol and release the other competitors from the starting line.
I believe TRIDENT is the code name for the internals of I.E. that are hidden in Windows,
and I suspect that memory consumed by I.E.9 could be mostly ascribed to some Windows thing - perhaps svchost.