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Windows 7: win 7 uses 1 gig of memory?

05 Jun 2009   #1

windows XP
win 7 uses 1 gig of memory?

so my freshly installed win 7 OS takes up almost 1GB of my physical memory.. is this normal? if so i hope it changes..
when i open the task manager i can't see any processes taking up that much space either

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05 Jun 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Welcome to SF
You running 32 bit win 7 on a laptop? Does it have seperate vram or is it shared? could you use task manager and snipping tool to get us a pic of whats using how much mem?
task manager ctrl, shift, escape. highlight process tab. snipping tool start>all programs>accesories>snipping tool.
If you need help feel free to PM me.
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05 Jun 2009   #3
Orbital Shark


Windows 7, like it's predecessor Vista, is disigned to actually allocate more memory than is actually in use. This is to allow for greater performance when running applications. I read it somewhere on this forum, just can't quite remember where
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05 Jun 2009   #4

windows XP

well i guess i have my answer already but almost 1 gig seems like an awful lot :/

no one else i've asked running win 7 seems to be using that much memory

and it's a 64 bit running on a desktop
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05 Jun 2009   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
1 gig ram use???

according to the tskmgr clip you sent the active apps are way under 1 gig and only 29% of memory is being used. where are you getting the 1 gig from? how much total ram is installed?
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05 Jun 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

64-bit takes more RAM than 32-bit because it has actually more to run. BUT! Don't worry. If you run an apps that needs (for example) 2.25GB of RAM on your 4GB, Windows Seven (Ex: 1GB is used for Win7), will reduce its RAM usage so the software can run correctly without any hipcups. So, Win7 will drop maybe to 512MB of used RAM while the software will take from 2.25GB to 3GB of RAM.

I hope you get it.
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06 Jun 2009   #7

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
64-bit takes more RAM than 32-bit because it has actually more to run................I hope you get it.

Chapter and Verse please
It's an OS -- why should it have MORE to run. What extra processes is it doing or needs to do.

Actually in theory it should run LESS processes -- since the 64 bit mode can run addresses in a "Linear address mode" you don't need a whole slew in the OS to perform Dynamic Address translation etc.

(Note I'm talking here of running a 32 BIT OS on a 64 bit CPU not a 32 bit OS on a 32 bit CPU which is a different ballgame completely).

Not trying to be nasty here but I DO know something about internal OS design so I'd really like to see some basis for your conclusions.

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06 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7 32-bit; no 64 coz its a P4 478
Abt the higher RAM usage

I believe that a 64-bit OS (Especially MS's ones) have WOW64(32-bit emulator) so 32-bit programs work fine w/o a code re-write to 64-bit. THIS is 1 of the reasons why 7 uses 1 GB RAM by itself when idle. On my 32 bit system with only 1 GB RAM after boot up it uses 50-60% RAM (500-600 MB used) then it will drop to 45%(450 MB used) then slow till 35% (350 MB used). If you want to see how little RAM 7 can live with, run a RAM intensive that will use TONS of RAM. then quit it, if the program is intensive enough 7 will use around 400-600 MB RAM only... BTW, if u really want 7 to use less RAM, remove your RAM slots (it will drop,trust me...) OR run XP. BUT your comparing with XP (i know.. hehe) coz XP doesnt eat much RAM, but VISTA loves to eat MORE RAM than 7.... You should test Vista b4 comparing...

BUT ALSO FACE THIS FACT: 64 bit eats MORE RAM than 32 bit.... I MAY BE WRONG, but I haven't run A 64-bit OS on my personal computer coz my CPU is only 32-bit compatible
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08 Jun 2009   #9

windows XP

well i don't really know anything about 32 bit emulation however after running crysis with disabled page file and running out of memory (had to remove one module for that to happen tho) i can say that it doesn't free up any space :/
i guess i'll have to grin and bear it as usual with windows :P

thanks for the replies everyone
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08 Jun 2009   #10
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Honestly, I'll never understand the preoccupation people have with RAM usage. That's what it's for and for as long as I can remember I've looked for ways to FORCE Windows and my applications to use more RAM. Anything to prevent the constant paging to/from disk, load it all into RAM. With the prices of RAM dropping so quickly, it's nor so much an issue now. The system I built it 2004 had 4GB or RAM and people said I was nuts, little did they know that by disabling the pagefile, I could push it hard and load anything I wanted and as much as I wanted.

32bit architecture is well over 20 years old and the efficiency of Windows has come a long way. If it uses more RAM, consider that a blessing, at least it's not thrashing on your drive.
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