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Windows 7: How to clear/empty computer's cached memory???

10 Jul 2010   #1
TheAslan

Windows 7 NVIDIA Edition x64
 
 
How to clear/empty computer's cached memory???

Hiya!!

I just wondered that is it possible to clear or empty your computer's cached memory on the fly without restarting the computer?

Here's the screenshot what i took where you can see better what i meant:


In this screenshot my cached memory is 4667mb, is it possible to clear it without restarting the computer??

Thanx you!! Btw..i'm using Windows 7 x64


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10 Jul 2010   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'd have to ask why you would want to?? The CPU uses cache memory to store instructions that are repeatedly required to run programs, improving overall system speed. The advantage of cache memory is that the CPU does not have to use the motherboard’s system bus for data transfer. You don't want to clear that.

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04 Oct 2015   #3
kbekmnrf

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There are many reasons to. For after effects users and many other vfx/editing softwares render and temporarily store the data in the ram. Once you close out of after effects all that stored ram data is still there. I have 16 gs of ram and 11 gigs is taken up by leftover cached ram from after effects. I know this is an old thread but idgaf
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04 Oct 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbekmnrf View Post
There are many reasons to. For after effects users and many other vfx/editing softwares render and temporarily store the data in the ram. Once you close out of after effects all that stored ram data is still there. I have 16 gs of ram and 11 gigs is taken up by leftover cached ram from after effects.
If another app can safely clear this RAM, then Windows native memory management can clear it.

Please post a screenshot Resource Monitor's Memory tab while this RAM is still in use after you have exited the software of interest.

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04 Oct 2015   #5
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It doesn't matters at all if no other program is needing memory. And the OS itself is designed to do such management on its own. When a program needs memory, the older and least used cache is flushed out of memory. A closed program is certainly a good candidate for freeing up memory.

It doesn't make any sense to ever try to manage it. The OS does it on it own, completely transparent to everything else running.
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07 Oct 2015   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Windows 7 has excellent memory management and has no need for and will not benefit from programs such as Soft Cleaner. The only dubious benefit it has is to make the numbers in Task Manager more attractive to those who do not understand them.

Mark Russinovich and David Solomon, both highly respected Windows experts, had some very uncomplimentary things to say about these programs in the Microsoft publication "Windows Internals", sixth edition.
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08 Oct 2015   #7
RVAH12

Windows 7 Professional (SP1) 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbekmnrf View Post
There are many reasons to. For after effects users and many other vfx/editing softwares render and temporarily store the data in the ram. Once you close out of after effects all that stored ram data is still there. I have 16 gs of ram and 11 gigs is taken up by leftover cached ram from after effects. I know this is an old thread but idgaf
I have a Win 7 Pro desktop (this works for laptops too, but you have to remove the battery). Anyway, I read somewhere in a trouble-shooting process that if you:
1) Turn your machine off
2) Unplug the power cord (remove battery for laptop)
3) Hit the power button 3-4 times with cord unattached (or no battery)
4) Then power-up as normal

Your machine will be cleared as this (#3) discharges some capacitors that hold a charge for volatile memory and will dissipate the charge and clear your memory. I remember now, it's one of the steps that a nice program called Windows Repair from Tweaking.com has you do. I really like it because it is easy to follow and even works. It found a broken reparse point that I can't repair (yet), but other than that ... lol - RVAH-12
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08 Oct 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well I'm another one that knows no good reason to clear cached memory.
Just let Windows 7 take care of the memory.
Just remember to take off the XP hat and put on your Windows 7 hat and things will work just fine.
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