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Windows 7: Mysteriously High RAM Usage


15 Jun 2010   #1

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Mysteriously High RAM Usage

First, I need to thank the whole forum and admins for their great work in creating this very useful website. Really sorry to interrupt you, so I'll be really thankful for your response. I've tried searching for a solution for days while using my imagination to solve the problem with no luck.

* The problem is I'm most of the time using 2 out of 4 GB of RAM [50% ++] or more while my Laptop is being idle or doing simple tasks.

I Have 4 GB of Ram installed on my Toshiba Satellite A300 15A running 64bit Windows 7 Professional edition. This doesn't affect performance though, but I can recall using 30% Of my RAM in the past. [~3 Months ago]. It may not be a performance problem because I Defrag & Optimize, while trying to keep my Laptop's HDD Clean with no additional software. I've changed [reduced] many things from msconfig, windows futures so as to increase OS speed. This way my Laptop never lags. I never had problems with viruses tracking cookies etc.

When I open task manager it sais ~ Processes=69 and ~ Physical Memory=47%
Keeping in mind windows "messes up" lot of times with "calculations" or doesn't show "real" numbers - I calculated all the processes to get a result from RAM usage. The result is more or less 700 MB of 4 GB. Task Manager shows 47% Physical Memory. The same story goes with the resource Monitor. 2 GB In use. You can see the screenshots below.

I Believe this is a problem because as time passes ram usage grows out of nowhere and I'm sure when OS uses more ram than it needs it becomes slower and slower while reading and writing in RAM Becomes more complicated.


My Laptop's Hardware:
* CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 [3 MB Cache, 2.10 GHz, 800MHz FSB]
* RAM - 2 x 2GB DDR2 667 MHz [Dual Channel]
* GPU - ATI Mobility Radeon HD3650 [512MB]
* HDD - Western Digital Scorpio Black 250 GB [7200 rpm]
* OS - Windows 7 x64 Professional


Thank you In advance for any possible help.



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15 Jun 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

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You may want to download and use process explorer to see what is using the resources
Process Explorer - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

In addition, you may want to take the memtest86, to insure that there are no memory problems.
http://www.memtest86.com/
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15 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Your RAM usage looks perfectly fine...
This is not Windows XP.

Only worry about RAM when you have a high level of Page Faults.
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16 Jun 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Welcome

You may want to download and use process explorer to see what is using the resources
Process Explorer - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
Shows the same results as Task Manager

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
In addition, you may want to take the memtest86, to insure that there are no memory problems.
Memtest86.com - Memory Diagnostic
No problems detected

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Your RAM usage looks perfectly fine...
This is not Windows XP.

Only worry about RAM when you have a high level of Page Faults.
The whole reason I'm posting is the fact that task manager does not measure/ show all the processes. What I mean: It sais 47% (out of 4 GB) -> Near 2 GB
WHen I add all the processes shown in task manager I get a ~ 700MB result. This means 1.3 GB is missing or is somehow hidden?
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16 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Task Manager reports processes, not everything that uses RAM is a process. This could be DLLs and other items loaded by the kernal. Here use RAMMap, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../ff700229.aspx
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16 Jun 2010   #6
tea

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Windows aggressively use memory for caching and for SuperFetch but release memory if it is needs for a program.
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17 Jun 2010   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tea View Post
Windows aggressively use memory for caching and for SuperFetch but release memory if it is needs for a program.
Thank you

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Task Manager reports processes, not everything that uses RAM is a process. This could be DLLs and other items loaded by the kernal. Here use RAMMap, RAMMap
Thank you

* How can I mark this thead as solved?
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