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Windows 7: Reduce Windows 7 memory footprint

08 Aug 2013   #1
Derek10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Reduce Windows 7 memory footprint

I have a netbook with 1 GB of RAM and Windows 7 Starter and it still eats lots of memory without any background program despite reading all tutorials on the internet (kill any non crucial background program and services, using classic theme, disabled visual effects, cleaning registry and junk files, etc)
This makes the hard drive light stay on almost constantly while the RAM is 99% used.

If anyone knows another way to improve RAM memory please reply


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09 Aug 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Increase the amount of RAM. With 1 GB i think it's going to swap no matter what you do. You don't have enough ram to turn swap and prefetch off.
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09 Aug 2013   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab. This will give a better picture of what is happening.
On a system with memory problems disabling the pagefile is the worst thing you can do. This would make things worse, if it would run at all.

Windows 7 is not going to run well with 1 GB RAM.
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09 Aug 2013   #4
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

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I have a netbook with 1 GB of RAM
It's very possible to get w7 to use less mem, shaving off startup programs and non-crucial services (see attachment, HP 6735b w7 32bit ultimate, less than 600MB with ff + more stuff running). But you may have some of the 1GB gone to start with > hardware reserved... so getting yourself a GB more of ram is recommended in all circumstances.
Post a resource monitor shot of your memory usage.


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09 Aug 2013   #5
x BlueRobot

 

What programs do you generally run? You will need more RAM too.
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09 Aug 2013   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Their is no tap dancing around this problem or magic wan. You need more ram.
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09 Aug 2013   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Running Windows 7 with 1 GB RAM is a problem but it does meet the minimum requirements. With a workload within it's means it should run reasonably well. Ultimately it is the system memory manager that controls memory usage and it will try very hard to maintain a reasonable amount of available memory. Having 99% memory usage is a good indicator that something is wrong. Solving problems starts with information and at present there is very little. A screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab, will provide much of that.
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09 Aug 2013   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Correct 1 gb of ram is all that is required to install Windows 7.
Post #1 the ram is being eaten up. Their is no ram to be eaten. One gig of ram just barely runs Window 7.
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10 Aug 2013   #9
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Running Windows 7 with 1 GB RAM is a problem but it does meet the minimum requirements.
I've found minimum requirements to mean the system will boot after you install. You can look at the desktop wallpaper all you want. But if you want to use anything, search the web and find out what hardware people using it really have for adequate performance, before you get the OS in question.
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