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Windows 7: Is 1 Gb memory use at idle OK? (slow computer)

27 Jan 2014   #1
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 
Is 1 Gb memory use at idle OK? (slow computer)

My computer has gotten horribly slow and I'm going through the 39-step optimization checklist on this site.

In the meantime I would like to know if my memory usage is too high: 1 Gb with no programs running and the computer just sitting there; 1.59 Gb with these running:

Firefox, Opera, Spotify, Xlporer2 (3rd-party file manager/explorer)

I'm attaching lists of the processes from these two cases.

Thanks




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27 Jan 2014   #2
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catalogue View Post
My computer has gotten horribly slow and I'm going through the 39-step optimization checklist on this site.

In the meantime I would like to know if my memory usage is too high: 1 Gb with no programs running and the computer just sitting there; 1.59 Gb with these running:

Firefox, Opera, Spotify, Xlporer2 (3rd-party file manager/explorer)

I'm attaching lists of the processes from these two cases.

Thanks
Firefox seems to be using around 312mb of ram. Try closing it when you don't need it. Have you gone into msconfig and disabled startup programs you don't need? If not, go to start, type in msconfig and press enter. Then, go to the startup tab and disable everything you don't need. If you have a question on an item to disable, please feel free to post it.
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27 Jan 2014   #3
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Can you tell me how much RAM is shown in system properties? To get to system properties, you can go to start, then right click on computer, and click on properties. Does it say #GB (2GB usable)? If so, you might have a problem with your ram (or your graphics chip is using part of it). If not, you may need a RAM upgrade. 2gb of ram is the minimum RAM requirement of 64 bit Windows 7, which is what you have.
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27 Jan 2014   #4
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Firefox seems to be using around 312mb of ram. Try closing it when you don't need it. Have you gone into msconfig and disabled startup programs you don't need? If not, go to start, type in msconfig and press enter. Then, go to the startup tab and disable everything you don't need. If you have a question on an item to disable, please feel free to post it.
Yeah, mainly I'm just wondering if 1 Gb of memory usage is normal when *no* programs are running. If it's high then wouldn't it mean I have something like malware or an OS glitch or some other background process hogging memory?

- Firefox: The computer's slow even when Firefox isn't running.

- Startup: Yes, I've done that. Everything was pretty straightforward: things like audio- and cam-related (I kept enabled), or Apple-related (disabled; I don't use Apple stuff)

- I'm about to start going through this list of 'services' that can be disabled.

- And I'm halfway through this list of things to do to speed up. Most of them I already knew about - defragment, turn off Win 7 animations, get rid of bloatware. I'm concerned I'll get through the list with no speed increase... but will cross that bridge when I come to it.
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27 Jan 2014   #5
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Can you tell me how much RAM is shown in system properties?
It says: 2.00 GB (1.89 usable)

Also - the computer speed used to be fine, with the same amount of RAM - so doesn't that mean it's not a RAM problem?
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27 Jan 2014   #6
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catalogue View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Firefox seems to be using around 312mb of ram. Try closing it when you don't need it. Have you gone into msconfig and disabled startup programs you don't need? If not, go to start, type in msconfig and press enter. Then, go to the startup tab and disable everything you don't need. If you have a question on an item to disable, please feel free to post it.
Yeah, mainly I'm just wondering if 1 Gb of memory usage is normal when *no* programs are running. If it's high then wouldn't it mean I have something like malware or an OS glitch or some other background process hogging memory?

- Firefox: The computer's slow even when Firefox isn't running.

- Startup: Yes, I've done that. Everything was pretty straightforward: things like audio- and cam-related (I kept enabled), or Apple-related (disabled; I don't use Apple stuff)

- I'm about to start going through this list of 'services' that can be disabled.

- And I'm halfway through this list of things to do to speed up. Most of them I already knew about - defragment, turn off Win 7 animations, get rid of bloatware. I'm concerned I'll get through the list with no speed increase... but will cross that bridge when I come to it.
Be sure to read the Black Viper list carefully. Also, can you run a full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes? Be sure to remove anything that they find. Here is a download link to Malwarebytes: Malwarebytes : Free Anti-Malware
Note: Be sure to uncheck the free trial of Malwarebytes PRO at the end of the installation, unless you want it.
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27 Jan 2014   #7
N00berG00ber

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

you should have about 50-60 processes running when just booted and idle before anything is launched. so u do have quite a bit of stuff running. i have about 35-40 processes when started up and idle. i would start to uninstall some stuff and maybe get some more ram. if u r using 1 gb and at 50% that must mean u only have 2gb of total ram installed? if so, shoot for 6gb. you can also check for disk activity in performance monitor and see whats accessing the disk a lot.
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03 Feb 2014   #8
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N00berG00ber View Post
maybe get some more ram. if u r using 1 gb and at 50% that must mean u only have 2gb of total ram installed?
Yes, 2 Gb, but the point is that the computer speed used to be just fine and I haven't installed any new programs.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N00berG00ber View Post
you can also check for disk activity in performance monitor and see whats accessing the disk a lot.
Yes. I just started this thread about the processes in Task Manager.
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03 Feb 2014   #9
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
can you run a full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes?
Neither one found anything. I did full scans.

About the Black Viper list - I think it makes more sense to start with my 70 processes running when no programs as such are open. I will start a new thread about that. That seems more likely to turn up red flags about something that's not as it should be.
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03 Feb 2014   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
High RAM Usage

Hi,

1Gb RAM usage with nothing much running is not high in my opinion. As you rightly suspect, some services will be using RAM and are not displayed in the processes list. Other stuff gets loaded into RAM anyway like frequently used programs - so that they launch faster when you actually want to use them.

Your Opera & Firefox RAM usage does seem high though. (See screenshot from my machine) - Cyberfox = Firefox 64bit

Opera is 64 bit version.


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