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Windows 7: Windows 7 Memory Release

09 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Genuine 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 Memory Release

Hello, I have recently discovered that Windows 7 has no memory release function, which is why a lot of users still prefer Windows XP over Windows 7.

I have just experienced a couple BSoD while running a program that I found out eats up a lot of memory. With no memory release function, I acknowledge that I cannot keep this program on overnight.

My question, is there any reliable program (Microsoft certified or not) that you would open up and would clean up memory at the single click of the mouse? Or a program set up to automatically free up memory after certain time intervals?

Thank you in advance to whoever responds.

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09 Apr 2011   #2

windows 7
 
 

Try logging off, then log in.
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09 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Genuine 64 bit
 
 

Yeah that does reset the memory but I was looking for a quicker, more convenient way.
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09 Apr 2011   #4

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

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09 Apr 2011   #5

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Be careful with short-circuiting the memory manager in Windows 7 - as with any version of Windows, but moreso with the way Windows 7 uses memory, you could very easily cause system instability. It would be better to troubleshoot why the app in general is leaking memory like that, rather than cutting off your system's nose to spite it's face, so to speak.
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09 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shaneth View Post
Hello, I have recently discovered that Windows 7 has no memory release function, which is why a lot of users still prefer Windows XP over Windows 7.

I have just experienced a couple BSoD while running a program that I found out eats up a lot of memory. With no memory release function, I acknowledge that I cannot keep this program on overnight.

My question, is there any reliable program (Microsoft certified or not) that you would open up and would clean up memory at the single click of the mouse? Or a program set up to automatically free up memory after certain time intervals?

Thank you in advance to whoever responds.
XP is not Windows7
Windows 7 handles memory differently, it has services such as SuperFetch that pre-loads software into memory, hence your memory usage appears higher. Windows 7 automatically allocates memory so there is no need for such 'memory release'
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09 Apr 2011   #7

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

As pointed out by others, Windows 7 normally manages memory perfectly well, but some programs don't play nice! The "memory" tools I listed there are "quick and dirty" fixes, for programs that misbehave, and not a "fix" for Windows.

They will allow you to run such a misbehaving program without having to restart windows.

They are also quite useless for any other purpose.

Regards....Mike Connor
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09 Apr 2011   #8

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

"Dirty" would be a good description . Two of the three seem to mainly force working set trimming (which can cause huge performance hits, not to mention the potential for bugchecking if the app being "cleaned" is doing even the slightest thing wrong with it's allocations), and the other appears to simply do what the memory manager would already do, it just calls the APIs agressively (which is the safest way, I suppose, but isn't likely to actually do much if an app is leaking other than fill up your paging file, which can cause bugchecks in and of itself if applications are indeed leaking memory - you just delay the inevitable).

So, dirty, yes. Advisable, no .
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09 Apr 2011   #9

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
So, dirty, yes. Advisable, no .
Agreed, but if you want to keep such misbehaving programs running, without having to restart , then these programs will often do the trick.

Lots of things are basically inadvisable, but people want to do them anyway!

I should perhaps have clarified these things more in my original post, but if I tried to list all the caveats involved when doing various things, even if I knew them all, I would have to write a book practically every time I posted.

Regards....Mike Connor
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09 Apr 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Would also help to know what program.
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