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Windows 7: Possible solution(s) to my RAM problems?

24 May 2016   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Someone, maybe your friend, turned off your paging file, per the last pic in post 9--for unknown reasons.

Put a checkmark in that "automatically manage paging file size for all drives" box and make sure that "no paging file" choice below it is NOT checked. Just let Windows manage it.

You have 98 processes. That's high, but I've seen higher. Somewhere in the 60s might be closer to average. I have 61 processes at this moment. So you have a lot of things going on in that PC. Maybe you need each and every one of them, that's up to you--but they all gnaw on your RAM and performance a little bit.

Right now, you have about 2 GB RAM cached and about 1 GB available. Those figures are tolerable, but as a point of reference, I have 8 GB installed and right now I have over 6 GB cached and over 6 GB available. So you are using a lot more than I am----somewhere, somehow.


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24 May 2016   #12
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Someone, maybe your friend, turned off your paging file, per the last pic in post 9--for unknown reasons.

Put a checkmark in that "automatically manage paging file size for all drives" box and make sure that "no paging file" choice below it is NOT checked. Just let Windows manage it.

You have 98 processes. That's high, but I've seen higher. Somewhere in the 60s might be closer to average. I have 61 processes at this moment. So you have a lot of things going on in that PC. Maybe you need each and every one of them, that's up to you--but they all gnaw on your RAM and performance a little bit.

Right now, you have about 2 GB RAM cached and about 1 GB available. Those figures are tolerable, but as a point of reference, I have 8 GB installed and right now I have over 6 GB cached and over 6 GB available. So you are using a lot more than I am----somewhere, somehow.
Done and that seems to have lowered my physical memory usage dramatically (although I still need to wait and see with more usage).
Im not sure why I have so many processes relative to you or the average user but I will go through each of them and see if I can figure whats what.
On a daily basis I never use more than the following:

  1. Outlook
  2. Firefox
  3. Itunes
  4. CRM
  5. Dropbox
I would consider that basic use, no?


Other than that, I have the usual Anti-Virus, Malwarebytes, some Logitech apps and thats about it.
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24 May 2016   #13
ignatzatsonic

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You may knowingly USE only those 5 things daily, but you've got a carload of things going regardless, probably most of them "automatically" when you start up.

How many non-Microsoft services do you have running?

How many things do you have checked off in msconfig startup tab? You need zero to run Windows.
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24 May 2016   #14
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You may knowingly USE only those 5 things daily, but you've got a carload of things going regardless, probably most of them "automatically" when you start up.

How many non-Microsoft services do you have running?

How many things do you have checked off in msconfig startup tab? You need zero to run Windows.

I have a huge list of startup services and all are checked but a large portion of them say they have been stopped.
The one s that are stopped, do i have to uncheck those as well?

Btw, I think you solved my problem.
I have a number of things running right now including 4 tabs open in FF, all of which would normally prompt a memory warning but im at 52% of memory...
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24 May 2016   #15
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Try holding down the windows key and press R. Type msconfig in the search box and press enter, go to the startup page. Uncheck everything you can live without. Nothing but your AV is necessary to run at startup. All programs will run just fine when you need them, they will just not start with Windows and will only be running when you open them.
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24 May 2016   #16
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RE: Chrome. I don't use it so can't help.

RE: Firefox. Try this setting but make a note of you current settings so that you can revert if needed.

Possible solution(s) to my RAM problems?-ff-options.jpg

Also see:

The Page File Guide for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10


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24 May 2016   #17
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You may knowingly USE only those 5 things daily, but you've got a carload of things going regardless, probably most of them "automatically" when you start up.

How many non-Microsoft services do you have running?

How many things do you have checked off in msconfig startup tab? You need zero to run Windows.
So it looks like im back up at 70-80% again, even though I thought this was resolved.

How do I know what is "non-Microsoft"?

And are you referring to processes or start-up items?
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24 May 2016   #18
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
How many non-Microsoft services do you have running?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kwitel View Post


How do I know what is "non-Microsoft"?
In the services tab, you can check the box "Hide all Microsoft Services",

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24 May 2016   #19
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
How many non-Microsoft services do you have running?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kwitel View Post


How do I know what is "non-Microsoft"?
In the services tab, you can check the box "Hide all Microsoft Services",

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Thanks.

There are 18 non-MS services running...
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24 May 2016   #20
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I've got 11 running and 3 stopped.

Of my 11 running, 6 are Intel, 3 are related to antimalware, and I think the other 2 are unnecessary--I just haven't shut them off.
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