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Windows 7: memory question

28 Aug 2010   #1
Zivo

Windows 7
 
 
memory question

Hello people

i used to work with 2G memory and while working with graphic programs
i have always reached to 98% usage of memory

so few days ago i installed 4g more (2X1G kit & 2X4G kit)

Now whats strange here is

1. when windows up it started with 20% which is 1.2G i dont remember that with 2G i started with 60%

2. when i use many program together and push my memory to the limit then when i close them my memory doent get back to the low percentage that it had before run the prgrams

3. what should i do with the pagefile do i need it now ?


Thanks a lot
Friends


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28 Aug 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1) I would put 1.2 gb at startup as normal. It really depends on the no. and kind of apps and processes running. Offhand, I remember startup usage on 2 of my machines- one is about 1.25 gb, another around 1 gb.

2) Win7 is no stranger to memory leaks (apps not freeing memory when closed or memory usage just climbing on prolonged system usage).

Microsoft details Windows 7 memory leaks, hangs, freezes

A specific hotfix is described in that article, but generally speaking, keep windows and drivers updated- that may help. Other than that, rebooting the computer is the alternative.

3) Keep the pagefile at the windows managed size, esp. if you have large, memory hogging apps like Photoshop, WMC etc. running simultaneously.
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28 Aug 2010   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

The more RAM you have the more Windows will use. If I have 2 GB in my machine, I use about 988 MB with nothing else running. If I put in the other two GB so I have 4 GB, then Windows uses about 1.4 GB.

If you have 6 GB of memory, Windows using 1.2 GB is no big deal. You still have lots of RAM left.
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29 Aug 2010   #4
Zivo

Windows 7
 
 

hey

Thanks

maybe Do you know about a small program that track the closing programs
and empty the memory that was assigned to them

thanks again
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29 Aug 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If I were you, I would just leave it alone. The best way to watch RAM usage is in the Resource Manager > Memory tab. Everything in blue (light and dark) is "available" RAM.
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29 Aug 2010   #6
Zivo

Windows 7
 
 

yes i thats what i do
but how do i free the memory after i close all the programs and the memory is still not free
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29 Aug 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zivo View Post
yes i thats what i do
but how do i free the memory after i close all the programs and the memory is still not free
Don't worry. When it is needed, it will be freed up. It is not at all a good idea to try to smart out the system in memory management. And if you are talking about the "cached" (the dark blue line), it would be a performance disadvantage to clear that up - because next time you call the cached program/subprogram, it is right there in RAM and does not have to loaded from disk which takes ages - even if you have a SSD, RAM is still a lot faster.
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