I've been working on SharePoint platforms for two years and have used variety of machines for my SharePoint development. When I create a new box, initially the box will be fast and the web applications will be responsive. But later the machines get very slow and unresponsive during development. And I'm using any virtual machines.
I don't install any heavy application apart from SQL Server 2008, VS 2010 and SP 2010, MS Office 2010 which are mandatory.
What are the tricks to keep the machines faster? Any configuration tweaks with the SharePoint server or the machine, any best practices etc.?
My Spec -
HP Pavilion DV4 with i5 2.27GHz, 4GB RAM DDR2, 320GB disk, 64 bit Windows Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2007 (or) SharePoint 2010, VS 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2.