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Windows 7: Using heaps of ram

08 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
 
 
Using heaps of ram

Hi. I'm new to Windows 7. A friend installed Windows 7 pro 32bit a few days ago and I've been installing and refining programs. Mus say I was pleasantly surprised how fast it installed. Way faster that xp

A downside - I notice it is using an alarming amount of ram on startup and when all is stable - 600mb. That is before any apps have been started. Now that I have started Firefox and this forum we are up to 670mb.

This is verified in Task Manager.
Got any isea's on how to reduce this amount or is this the norm for Windows 7 pro.

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08 Sep 2010   #2

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You need to see if it is really *used*, of if Windows is just caching. Open resmon (start > resmon.exe) and switch to the memory tab - this will actually give you an accurate indication of used vs standby vs free. Windows 7 is not like XP, in that it'll precache all kinds of things it expects you to use in RAM (superfetch), and will learn over time the best way to do this. This cache can be removed (and will be by the memory manager) if other things need the RAM, of course, but Windows tries to do the best job it can to put things in RAM it expects you to use at some point, so if there's free RAM, it will cache things. Assuming you don't have a memory leak on a newly installed system, this is likely superfetch doing it's job and nothing to be alarmed about (this is a common post by folks new to Windows 7, by the way).
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08 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Don't worry about memory usage. It takes care of itself. Until there is a high level of Page Fault activity and the computer is actually sufficating from lack of memory is when you start worrying about these things. However, when that time comes around I can tell you what will cause it. An application you installed, in most cases the security (antivirus) software you use.
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08 Sep 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are lucky - 600 MBs is on the low side. I am currently at 1.360 MBs and all I do is work on the Forum with IE. If I were you, I would not worry. What do you want to do with all the RAM - save it for a rainy day?? - LOL. The best place to see how RAM is being used is in the Resource Monitor > Memory tab. The color bar is very telling. Everything in blue (light or dark) on that bar is "available".
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08 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You are lucky - 600 MBs is on the low side. I am currently at 1.360 MBs and all I do is work on the Forum with IE. If I were you, I would not worry. What do you want to do with all the RAM - save it for a rainy day?? - LOL. The best place to see how RAM is being used is in the Resource Monitor > Memory tab. The color bar is very telling. Everything in blue (light or dark) on that bar is "available".

Ditto here too, I seem to use about the 1600mb (roughly) and i have firefox, itunes, steam, rainmeter and what not running. 600mb's i think a lot of people might be jealous of that low amount being used.

Lucky
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08 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The idle amount of RAM depends on how much you have.
I have 2 GBs on mine and it rest around 600 MB.
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08 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unused RAM is wasted RAM. The key is that the RAM is "available" which means the OS can use it for other things like opening applications, etc. Looking at my box, with 8GB of RAM, there is only 700MB free...but 2.8GB is cached and 3.5GB is available. And the primary reason my RAM usage is so high is that I have Server 2008 running virtually.
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08 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

My Win 7 desktop used to run at around 600 MB of RAM too, but as I began to add and use more programs that amount grew and its now at 1.37 GB as I type this.

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08 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

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09 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
 
 

Hey thanks everyone. I'm so pleased to hear from you all and to hear your comments and thoughts.

It still concerns me that the system will pre-allocate ram. Does that mean I dont have access to that ram other than for what "it" expects i will use it for?. I use the system for photography and video editing and I need heaps of ram for that. So whats the score about the pre allocation? Is it waiting to be used by any program that fires up or set aside for a program it expects to use it. What if the anticipated prog dosn't use the ram? Sorry to be a bore.
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