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Windows 7: What Can I Do To Save Memory?

14 Jan 2011   #11
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

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I would add another 2GBs. Mucking around wih the processes is no good way to save RAM. Just make sure that you do not have too many startups running - in fact, you really only need the AV program there.
Totally agree - RAM's pretty cheap these days
I also agree. And might wonder why your running x64 on 2gb.


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14 Jan 2011   #12
MadHacker

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I have one machine that runs w7 professional 64bit version on 2GB with no problems whatsoever. It's not the fastest machine on the planet, but it's a lot faster than most new machines that are full of factory installed bloat.
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14 Jan 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I have one machine that runs w7 professional 64bit version on 2GB with no problems whatsoever. It's not the fastest machine on the planet, but it's a lot faster than most new machines that are full of factory installed bloat.
If the "bloat" does not show up in the Startups, it should have no bearing on the performance. Processes that are not running cannot impact the performance. Those programs may only take a tiny bit of disk space, but who cares.
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14 Jan 2011   #14
MadHacker

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

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I have one machine that runs w7 professional 64bit version on 2GB with no problems whatsoever. It's not the fastest machine on the planet, but it's a lot faster than most new machines that are full of factory installed bloat.
If the "bloat" does not show up in the Startups, it should have no bearing on the performance. Processes that are not running cannot impact the performance. Those programs may only take a tiny bit of disk space, but who cares.
That's the deal. It seems like every program wants to run the second windows starts. So I unchecked almost everything in MSCONFIG and ended up with a total of 38 running processes at startup.
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14 Jan 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Very good. 38 running processes is fine - I have 65
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14 Jan 2011   #16
MadHacker

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

38 processes seems about right when running a 2.4Ghz core 2 & 2GB RAM. My z800 is just about as responsive with over 100 running processes. I think the idea is to find a good balance for the hardware you're running. Manufacturers ought to be shot for some of the factory setups I've seen.
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14 Jan 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

On this desktop system, I have a 2.5GHz duo core with 3GBs of RAM and absolutely no performance problems since I use an 80GB Intel SSD for the OS. That is always the first thing I do with a new system, install a SSD (even on my laptops). That makes a world of difference for performance. Only things like video editing where you depend a lot on the CPU and GPU are not as swift than on a system with more muscle. I can notice the difference when I use my quad cores with 1GB GPUs.
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14 Jan 2011   #18
MadHacker

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

If you're into video editing you'd love the machine I'm using right now. I can convert 1 1/2 hours of raw video to DVD format in about 6 minutes.
To the OP: try doing what I did. go into the startup tab of MSCONFIG and uncheck everything there except for drivers and your AV software. Nothing else needs to run when windows starts in order to work when you need it.
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14 Jan 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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you'd love the machine I'm using right now
You made me curious. What machine is that. I use Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 to convert captured screen videos from .xesc format to .wmv format. And that takes quite some time (2 passes) even with my i7, 1GB GPU, 4GB RAM and the OCZ Vertex2 SSD.
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14 Jan 2011   #20
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As others have said, with a 64-bit operating system, getting to at least 4GB of ram seems very worthwhile..especially considering how cheap RAM is these days. With Windows 7, it's not that advantageous to have gobs of ram just sitting idle. Might as well use everything you can. As long as it shows as "available", means that Windows will clear it and use it for other things when it's needed.
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