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Windows 7: Physical Ram Usage Spikes to 99%

17 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Physical Ram Usage Spikes to 99%

On occasion my physical memory usage will quickly rise form between 1 to 2 gigs of memory usage to over four until it reaches 98-99% percent of memory usage. I am running on 5 gigs of ram. This problem has even occurred while the computer was essentially idle. When this happens the computer loses almost all functionality. I've tried ending all non-essential processes to alleviate this problem but it makes no difference. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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17 Apr 2011   #2

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oureuphoriant View Post
On occasion my physical memory usage will quickly rise form between 1 to 2 gigs of memory usage to over four until it reaches 98-99% percent of memory usage. I am running on 5 gigs of ram. This problem has even occurred while the computer was essentially idle. When this happens the computer loses almost all functionality. I've tried ending all non-essential processes to alleviate this problem but it makes no difference. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
i had a problem like that a while ago on vista. It turns out i had some files to be printed but never cancelled them. Try checking that yourself.
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17 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

See if you can figure out where the memory is being allocated, or which task/program has done this to you... using the Resource Monitor in Windows 7.

Start -> Run -> TASKMGR to get the Task Manager window.

Then select the "Performance" tab on that window.



Then push the "Resource Monitor" button at the bottom of the window, to get a second Resource Monitor window.

Then select the "Memory" tab on that window.



The presentation of tasks shown will by default be in reverse order by "most memory used" first. Your "culprit" should be right at the top. But if it doesn't look that way, you can also click on any of the column headings to sort the rows into order by that column's values... either ascending or descending sequence as you repeatedly click on the column heading to toggle the sort sequence.

Hope this helps you find your "culprit"... assuming you can get into Task Manager when your memory gets consumed like you describe. Of course, you can always pre-launch Task Manager and the Performance Monitor and then minimize the windows to the taskbar, just to have them already started and running should you ever need to restore them to see what's going on when your memory usage suddenly spikes as you describe. That way it doesn't seem there'd be any risk of not being able to launch them when you really wanted them.
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