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Windows 7: RAM overload on my computer

03 Aug 2014   #1
spicychicken

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
RAM overload on my computer

Hiya, my laptop's been using an abnormal amount of RAM lately and the fan's always running now; usually around 3-4GB/8GB are in use when my computer's idle (5GB being used right now with mainly just Chrome open). My processes running don't add up to nearly that much - from what I found online, I may have a memory leak due to a driver, so if someone could help me out, I'd be really thankful. The laptop's always hot now and the battery burns through very quickly as a result


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03 Aug 2014   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

If this was my HP of which I do own one I would back up all important data, then physically I would clean the CPU heat sink and fan for obstructions. Then I would do a fresh/clean install of windows and only my needed drivers and software getting rid or all the unneeded bloatware, software and drivers. I might also use this as a time to upgrade to a 256gb or larger ssd drive. This will rock you laptops world and yours in all the best ways possible.
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03 Aug 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Adding up the memory usage columns in Task Manager rarely provides useful results. This will never add up to total memory usage. It was never intended that it would.

There is no relationship between memory usage and temperature.

We really need to see a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab. Looking at processes now would be premature.
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03 Aug 2014   #4
spicychicken

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Trying to avoid resetting my laptop if possible - loooots of documents, pictures, and software installed by my university that would take very much effort to get back.

Here's a screenshot of the performance tab, if this is what you were asking for:
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03 Aug 2014   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Nothing really unusual about the screenshot but with 127 processes it appears that there is a lot running.
There is nothing that would indicate a driver problem.
Post a screenshot of Resource Monitor - Memory tab, sorted by Working set. Do you possibly have a virtual machine (such as Virtual Box, or Virtual PC) running?

If you have important files on your computer you NEED a backup, 2 or more backup copies if the files are of particular importance. On a computer with unknown problems this is doubly important. This is the only way to safeguard your files.
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03 Aug 2014   #6
spicychicken

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'll get to work on that backup - here's a screenshot of the Resource Monitor.
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03 Aug 2014   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't see anything that would indicate a problem. You just have a lot running. One big user of memory that neither Task Manager or Performance Monitor will show is the file cache. With a 32 bit OS this is severely constrained but on a 64 bit OS it can grow quite large. This is just for information. I am NOT suggesting this is a problem.
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04 Aug 2014   #8
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Every program added to the computer places itself in your start up like a TV pre-warmed waiting to be turned on it draws unneeded resources away from the system. I would clear them from you start up menu and reboot.
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04 Aug 2014   #9
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Try using a different browser and see how it looks. Chrome can be profligate running more instances of itself than needed. (This is just to see what happens. It's not a work-around.)
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04 Aug 2014   #10
spicychicken

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for all the advice, everybody. I'll try out the startups / browser thing soon and post results.
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