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Windows 7: Need help getting WIN 7 to use more memory

26 Mar 2014   #1

64bit Win7 Home
 
 
Need help getting WIN 7 to use more memory

I have an eMachine cpu to which I added 4 more gig of memory and now have a total of 8 gig of main memory. Is there a setting I can change which will make the 64-bit Windows 7 use more of the available memory, which would hopefully speed it up a little?

Thank you.

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26 Mar 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Kerrigan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Windows will automatically make use of all available memory as needed by default. If Windows shows all 8 GBs available, then there's nothing else that needs to be done.

If you like, you might see if going through and doing the listed items you want in the tutorial below may be able to help improve the performance of your Windows.

Optimize Windows 7

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Mar 2014   #3

64bit Win7 Home
 
 

Is there a parameter to set within Windows, or some way I can check Windows to see how much it thinks it actually has to use?
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26 Mar 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Open Task Manager - Performance tab. In the "Physical Memory" section see the "Total" value. This is the memory available to Windows. There is nothing to set or change.
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26 Mar 2014   #5

64bit Win7 Home
 
 

It says a total of 7935 MB physical memory is available ... isn't there any way to increase the amount available to WIN 7 by setting some parameter in the OS? That isn't much out of 8GB installed ...
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26 Mar 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That would be about right then. Some RAM will be reserved for hardware.
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26 Mar 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Kerrigan please understand the Windows 7 will only use ram as it is needed.
If it needs more ram and their is more ram it will use it. If not needed it will not use it. It's simple.

Lets see one of these from your computer.

Need help getting WIN 7 to use more memory-ram-usage.png


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26 Mar 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

8 GB RAM is 8192 MB and of that 7935 MB is available to Windows. The difference is 257 MB and I would assume that most of that is in use by the video system. Even so almost 97% of the total is available to Windows.
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27 Mar 2014   #9

64bit Win7 Home
 
 

Okay. I don't find that report; mine look like the "old task manager" format ...

Is my version of Windows 7 "out of date" or "broken" that I have a different format?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Kerrigan please understand the Windows 7 will only use ram as it is needed.
If it needs more ram and their is more ram it will use it. If not needed it will not use it. It's simple.

Lets see one of these from your computer.

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27 Mar 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

As stated Windows uses memory when it needs it, you can`t force it to use more.

If you open task manager, it doesn`t look like this ?


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