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Windows 7: Free RAM

11 May 2013   #1
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Free RAM

Im using 64bit Win7 with 8gb RAM, but the most of RAM that gets used is under 2GB almost garunteed.

Is it possible to increase my overall system performance by sacrificing some RAM to lets say increase the Superfetch cache so literally everything i use may be up and ready all the time

That would be awesome.


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11 May 2013   #2
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

fezbombmatt, review this tutorial

Memory
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11 May 2013   #3
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Nice try Dude....

Nope thats not what i ment, my PC already uses by DEFAULT my entire memory.

I mean is there anything i can modify to benefit myself as i have alot of unused RAM.

Basically i have installed alot more RAM than i thought i would need, i have heard of people increasing the cache of Superfetch which is there in fact to optimize your PC.

Now first thought of if we could increase this surely that would only benefit the system?

Let me know your thoughts
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11 May 2013   #4
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

This will show you how to change pagefile size

Change the size


I would recommend to let windows manage it

Look here for some other tips to optimize windows 7

optimize w7
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11 May 2013   #5
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

The Pagefile only kicks in when the RAM is running low. Which is never in my case.

I am not in need of optimizing windows as its fine however..

I want to know whether i can tweak anything so some of my unused RAM could be put to better use rather than not being used at all.
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11 May 2013   #6
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Maybe a ram Disc

Here is a post with another link to view

How to make a RAM drive in Win7 64?
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11 May 2013   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Windows 7 is very good at managing memory for best performance. I expect that you are seeing the 2 GB RAM usage in the memory usage graph in Task Manager. This is accurate but can be quite misleading if you don't understand how things work. The graph doesn't account for all memory usage, in particular it doesn't account for that used by Superfetch. All memory except that labeled as "Free" is in use.

To get a better idea of what is happening open the Resource Monitor and look at the memory tab. In particular notice the value for "Standby" memory. This memory contains system and application code and data but has not been accessed recently. It is available for the use of any application, just like free memory. But until that time it can be returned to the application that owned it. It is something like a cache. Standby memory also contains Superfetch data.

The graph doesn't show all memory usage because, particularly on system with 4 GB or less RAM, it would be nearly 100% most of the time. That wouldn't be very interesting or useful.

There really isn't anything you can do to force Windows to make better use of memory. Putting the pagefile on a RAMDisk, as some people have suggested, is a silly idea that will almost always impair performance. Disabling the pagefile or reducing it in size is also a bad idea. It is put forward by people who don't really understand how the pagefile works.
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11 May 2013   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

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The Pagefile only kicks in when the RAM is running low. Which is never in my case.
Wrong. No operating system in living memory has ever worked that way.

The pagefile is not simply some kind of overflow area used only when RAM is short. It is used as a place to offload rarely used data leaving more of your fast memory for more important purposes. It will generally improve performance.

A RAMDisk was once a useful thing, back in the dark ages of DOS. But those days are long gone. Modern operating systems have a sophisticated system cache that provides most of the advantages of a RAMDisk with fewer problems. The OS can usually make better use of RAM than a RAMDisk.
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11 May 2013   #9
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

So from what your saying my 'Free' RAM is 4GB. And creating a ramdisc would only give me the option to basically install certain applications to it. A total of 4GB.

That wouldnt be much use as i was thinking of a whole system boost.

Using all the free ram for that would just slow my system up anyway so thats out of the question tbh.

I guess my question is answered.

First time ive heard of ramdisc though. Glad i asked as thats kind of handy to know
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11 May 2013   #10
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Here is a good link on superfetch, I mentioned a ram disc as you seemed to want to try something different. I have been thinking about trying it out myself.
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