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Windows 7: Very High RAM usage very low CPU usage, fix?

10 Jul 2016   #1
Alasdair

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Very High RAM usage very low CPU usage, fix?

Hi!
Recently I did a clean install of Windows 7 home premium and as soon as it completed I started noticing unreasonably high usage of RAM while having little to no CPU usage ( out of 16GB total RAM the portion that is usable jumps from 2GB to 256 MB)
I tried goofing around with the boot options in MSCONFIG and set it to use all 4 compute cores and no maximum amount of RAM. After restarting several times I seems there is permanently only 265MB of RAM usable and my PC is barely usable at this point. I'm only 15 and I have very little experience in this sort of stuff so please try to dumb it down for me. Cheers x


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10 Jul 2016   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Welcome to our forum Alasdair.

Make sure your msconfig/advanced boot option is like the picture.
Notice no check marks in the red circles.

Very High RAM usage very low CPU usage, fix?-msconfig-boot-advanced-options.png


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10 Jul 2016   #3
Alasdair

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the reply!
While this did help, it only freed up about a 1GB of RAM, and that's after I disabled the NETGEAR A6210 Genie and Steam programme that launch immediately after boot. After going through task manager I noticed that the real memory hog program is 'svchost.exe (LocalSystemNetworkRestricted)' and 'avguard.exe'. Any idea on what would hell reduce that memory usage?
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10 Jul 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Let me see one of these.

Use this tutorial by Brink to post a picture.

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Very High RAM usage very low CPU usage, fix?-memory.png


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10 Jul 2016   #5
Alasdair

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Very High RAM usage very low CPU usage, fix?-physical_memory_meter.png

I'm not sure what any of that means. If it helps to know this PC was bought to be used primarily for gaming.


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10 Jul 2016   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Did you reboot after you changed Boot Advanced Options?

Your Hardware Reserve is way to big. Compare it to my picture.
Reboot and try again.
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10 Jul 2016   #7
Alasdair

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

When I uncheck those boxes you circles in red the startup switches from normal to selective, is that a problem?
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10 Jul 2016   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

No that is not a problem as far as I know. Mine are set at Selective.
I believe this is cause by changing the programs that start at boot. I have very few.
Reboot and show me the picture like my post #4 again.

Then we will go from there.
We must find out why Hardware Reserve is so big.

Is this computer a new build or have you changed or added new hardware?
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10 Jul 2016   #9
Alasdair

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Having tried restarting with both selective boot with nothing checked and normal boot with everything checked I've found there's zero change in RAM usage and it stays like this:
Very High RAM usage very low CPU usage, fix?-physical_memory_meter2.png
This PC was bought as it is now, the only things that didn't come with it are the monitor, mouse and keyboard.


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10 Jul 2016   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My systems look like this and always have.

Very High RAM usage very low CPU usage, fix?-system-config.png

Unless you are running a special program to configure your ram; when Hardware Reserve is that high, it is cause by mismatch ram, ram not installed correctly as per the motherboard manual. Ram not seated correctly or some changes made in the BIOS.

Most computer have Hardware Reserve between 50 and 100 MB.
Yours is over 14000 MB.


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