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Windows 7: Most Windows 7 PCs max out memory.

17 Feb 2010   #1
JMH

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Most Windows 7 PCs max out memory.

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Most Windows 7 PCs max out their memory, resulting in performance bottlenecks, a researcher said today.

Citing data from Devil Mountain Software's community-based Exo.performance.network (XPnet), Craig Barth, the company's chief technology officer, said that new metrics reveal an unsettling trend. On average, 86% of Windows 7 machines in the XPnet pool are regularly consuming 90%-95% of their available RAM, resulting in slow-downs as the systems were forced to increasingly turn to disk-based virtual memory to handle tasks.

The 86% mark for Windows 7 is more than twice the average number of Windows XP machines that run at the memory "saturation" point, said Barth. The most recent snapshot of XPnet's 23,000-plus PCs -- taken yesterday -- pegs only 40% of XP systems as running low on memory.
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Most Windows 7 PCs max out memory

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17 Feb 2010   #2

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Jan


Nice Article and interesting stats, thanks
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17 Feb 2010   #3
whs

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That is something I do not understand. When I walk thru the computer stores, most Windows 7 systems have 4GBs and more - and they all have 64bit. No way to find a 32bit system which we were looking for because a friend needed that to run a bundle of very expensive programs for her business from 32bit Vista. My Windows 7 systems usually run around 1GB of RAM usage. So where is the problem.
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17 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 & x64
 
 

Hmmm...

My internet PC has 2 GB of Ram. Idles between 23-25%. Programs running ~ 30%. Anti-virus scan ~ 40%...

Wonder what software those people are running to get it to run out of memory...
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17 Feb 2010   #5

 

I find it a bit amusing that the average machine running xp now has over 1.7 GB of memory, as according to this article, windows xp started with a minimum requirement of 64 MB.

With 8 GB of memory, and even without running a pagefile, there is still an average of about 3.5 to 4 GB available on my laptop.
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17 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hardly anybody ever ran XP with 64MB of RAM. While it was the minimum...I don't think it was normal. I didn't know many who had less than 256MB.
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17 Feb 2010   #7
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Is there a memory leak somewhere in windows undiscovered as of yet?
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17 Feb 2010   #8
whs

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The XP numbers probably got pumped up by all those double booters on a Vista system.
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17 Feb 2010   #9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Hardly anybody ever ran XP with 64MB of RAM. While it was the minimum...I don't think it was normal. I didn't know many who had less than 256MB.
Neither do I, but I do remember that when XP went RTM the average PC shipped with 128 MB of memory
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17 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i've not noticed heavy ram usage in Windows 7. Before my SSD when I ran with prefetch enabled, it would cache a ton of stuff and my ram was utilized...but my page file wasn't getting hit. Since moving to my SSD, with prefetch disabled...i don't usually go over 30% of my RAM...except when I run virtual machines and then I fully expect it.
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