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Windows 7: RAM Being Used Up when Computer on Idle?

17 Oct 2013   #1
RunOrDie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
RAM Being Used Up when Computer on Idle?

Hello fellow members,

I was wondering why my roughly 2.8GB of RAM is being used when my laptop is on Idle? I have a total of 8GB of RAM installed so I don't know what's using all of this memory. When I watch a video online on Google Chrome, I am using 3.38GB worth of RAM!!

When I go to Task Manager, I see I have around 120 Processes but with CPU activity of 0-1%. Also, my Cached RAM is 4513 and my Available RAM is 4636 while I only get around 0-100MB of Free RAM.

I looked at my Startup programs and they are are important, so I don't know I have so many Processes though.


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17 Oct 2013   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I'd remove the Google Chrome spyware and try Firefox or IE10 to see if the problem persists.

If so then work through the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 starting with testing hardware, establishing a Clean Boot, using Process Explorer to drill down, and all other steps.

What Startup programs are so important they must start with Win7? Only your AV needs to start, unless you use Sync, Gadgets or Stickies. All others are freeloaders and can spy on you.

I'd also use a free lightweight AV like Microsoft Security Essentials at least until you know if a bloatware AV is the problem.
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17 Oct 2013   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs
 
 

I don't think you have a problem with how much RAM is being used.
Let Windows manage your RAM to make best use of it.

I think you have a problem with 120 processes running, but that's just my opinion.
I usually have less than 50 processes running, and I keep my startup programs to the minimum ... and check msconfig periodically to make sure something didn't sneak in there on me
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17 Oct 2013   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Having a low value for free memory is a good thing, zero being the ideal. Having a high value for cached memory is also a good thing. Free memory is wasted memory and modern operating systems hate waste.

The idea that free memory is necessary for good performance is hopelessly outdated and has no place in a modern OS.
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17 Oct 2013   #5
RunOrDie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok so I have disabled several of my Startups (only have 15 enabled on Startup) but I am still at 107 Processes.

I do have AVG AV and that program alone has 5 Processes. Do I really need AVG Scanning Module, AVG Identity Protection Services, AVG User Interface, AVG Watchdog Service?

I also have 18 Processes that are all svchost.exe...
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18 Oct 2013   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

When I just finished telling you that you only need your AV to start with Win7, why would you report back that you only have 15 items in the startup list? Are we in some kind of XP timewarp here, or do you want help for WIn7? You have 15 freeloaders on your Startup and wonder why you have a slow boot?

AVG is bloatware, not recommended here, and the source of regular problems.

I would uninstall AVG and replace it as already suggested with MSE.

AVG is such bloatware it requires a special tool (like a virus) to uninstall it: AVG uninstaller | Download tools and utilities
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18 Oct 2013   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The number of processes running doesn't really mean very much. It is what they are doing that is important. In your case the answer seems clear - not very much. With a low CPU usage at idle and 4513 MB memory available I don't think you have a problem.
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18 Oct 2013   #8
RunOrDie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Gregrocker,

I uninstalled MSE, because even from their site, it recommends to download a different AV.

Furthermore, I require more than just my AV on startup. I need my Synaptics, wireless etc.
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18 Oct 2013   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs
 
 

It would help if you could post some screen prints for your msconfig startup programs and task manager processes.
Here is a tutorial explaining how to include screen prints in your posts:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Here are example of what i think would help that show startup programs in msconfig on this PC:
RAM Being Used Up when Computer on Idle?-stusp01.png


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18 Oct 2013   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Touchpad software is only needed if you have a scroll pad or tap to click which will not work without it, but most will so I would disable it to test it as the software can cause problems.

Wireless software is the worst of the duplicate utilties which interfere and cause issues with Win7, which has a perfectly lean built-in wireless utility. I would turn off the wireless crapware and enable Win7 wireless from the System tray. Some require uninstall before releasing the stranglehold on Win7.

Feel free to ask about any others so we can reassure you further, based on tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here?
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