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Windows 7: Physical Memory at 50%

28 Jul 2010   #21
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Jeez and they say Norton is bloated, 11 services just from McAfee alone. Other than getting rid of McAfee and going with something else, no idea how many of those are actually needed.

For the rest, if you aren't using anything bluetooth you can safely disable it. Leave the intel ones alone, but the rest can be set to manual in Services (Start, and type services in the search box) and they should start and stop as needed instead of running all the time. The few from Acer are probably not needed as most of what they do is already built into Windows; got to love the bloat and duplication some of these system builders like to add.


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28 Jul 2010   #22
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Kevin, when I first boot and after everything loads and stabilizes and before I open anything, my RAM usage is about 36%. Once I open Outlook, Firefox and other programs, it runs to 52% to 66% the rest of the day and night. I am own a desktop and to not have any laptop/notebook utilities loading and running. I have 2.5 Gb of RAM.

I think you are concerned for nothing. Windows 7 manages memory much more efficiently than does XP or even Vista. Look at it this way, unused RAM is wasted RAM. If Windows needs more RAM, it will empty some of the RAM and write it to the page file - which happens surprisingly very little. Windows keeps in RAM, what it "thinks" will be needed. That makes for faster operating; you don't have to wait for something to be loaded into memory for the disk.

Oh and I darn sure don't run McAfee on my system.
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28 Jul 2010   #23
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Excuse me, I'm going to go call McAfee and cuss out the first person that answers, because in the past week I've seen so many problems, including some of my own, be caused by McAfee. I'm willing to bet you'd get it down to 40% without it.
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28 Jul 2010   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Jeez and they say Norton is bloated, 11 services just from McAfee alone. Other than getting rid of McAfee and going with something else, no idea how many of those are actually needed.

For the rest, if you aren't using anything bluetooth you can safely disable it. Leave the intel ones alone, but the rest can be set to manual in Services (Start, and type services in the search box) and they should start and stop as needed instead of running all the time. The few from Acer are probably not needed as most of what they do is already built into Windows; got to love the bloat and duplication some of these system builders like to add.
I don't think McAfee is the RAM problem. It has a relatively small footprint. E.g. MSE would be a lot more. Most of the other startups he has already disabled - if I read his snips right.
What is the problem that there is too little RAM. I just started my system (64bit) and already have 1.3GBs of RAM used.
Have a look in Resource Manager > Memory tab. That gives you the best picture of what is going on. Maybe there is also a big chunk that is "Hardware reserved".
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28 Jul 2010   #25
kelvinwgr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits OS
 
 

Yes I do notice that there are quite a number of services with regards to McAfee. Anyway, it was a free trial version that comes along when I purchased the laptop and I think it's going to expire soon. They also packaged it with a Norton CD which I would probably going to install after mcafee expires.

I am not an expert in OS but I do believe and agree with Carl that windows 7 manages its memory more efficiently.
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28 Jul 2010   #26
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kelvinwgr View Post
Anyway, it was a free trial version that comes along when I purchased the laptop and I think it's going to expire soon. T
When you do decide to get rid of it,

How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee consumer products using the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe)
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28 Jul 2010   #27
kelvinwgr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits OS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Jeez and they say Norton is bloated, 11 services just from McAfee alone. Other than getting rid of McAfee and going with something else, no idea how many of those are actually needed.

For the rest, if you aren't using anything bluetooth you can safely disable it. Leave the intel ones alone, but the rest can be set to manual in Services (Start, and type services in the search box) and they should start and stop as needed instead of running all the time. The few from Acer are probably not needed as most of what they do is already built into Windows; got to love the bloat and duplication some of these system builders like to add.
I don't think McAfee is the RAM problem. It has a relatively small footprint. E.g. MSE would be a lot more. Most of the other startups he has already disabled - if I read his snips right.
What is the problem that there is too little RAM. I just started my system (64bit) and already have 1.3GBs of RAM used.
Have a look in Resource Manager > Memory tab. That gives you the best picture of what is going on. Maybe there is also a big chunk that is "Hardware reserved".
Hi whs, you are right. The 64-bit OS is taking about 1.2. ~ 1.3GB of ram. Anyway, thanks to you guys for sharing all the insights.

I saw in your system spec that you are using a few diff OS such as ubunto..etc. I have no experiences with other OS. In fact, I just came to hear of ubunto recently as compared to linux. Do you mind sharing some of your experiences with these OS?
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28 Jul 2010   #28
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Ubuntu is a pretty well developed Linux OS. Its also one of the most popular. YOu know those pop-ups you get where you have to click yes. In Ubuntu those pop-ups want you to enter your password for every change you make. Its a little more annoying, but anyone can click Yes. Only you should be able to type your password. The best things about it are that its free, IMO better than XP, and so many people use it that you can find most solutions to any problem you have online. Oh, and another great thing is that it can be installed on an external drive. I have an installation of it on a partition on my 1TB external HDD in case I ever can't boot into Windows for some reason or my hard drive fails, so I can keep doing what I do with no problem. Its also cool because I can use my programs and media on any computer that will boot from USB.
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28 Jul 2010   #29
kelvinwgr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits OS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Ubuntu is a pretty well developed Linux OS. Its also one of the most popular. YOu know those pop-ups you get where you have to click yes. In Ubuntu those pop-ups want you to enter your password for every change you make. Its a little more annoying, but anyone can click Yes. Only you should be able to type your password. The best things about it are that its free, IMO better than XP, and so many people use it that you can find most solutions to any problem you have online. Oh, and another great thing is that it can be installed on an external drive. I have an installation of it on a partition on my 1TB external HDD in case I ever can't boot into Windows for some reason or my hard drive fails, so I can keep doing what I do with no problem. Its also cool because I can use my programs and media on any computer that will boot from USB.
That's cool.. Thanks for sharing. Can I say that it can be downloaded from the internet since it's free?
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28 Jul 2010   #30
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes it can. YOu download and burn it to a DVD and then you can actually use the OS from the DVD if you want. It comes with Open Office (free version of Microsoft Office) and Firefox preinstalled, so you can see what its like before installing.
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