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Windows 7: Good idea to upgrade RAM? (shared memory)

27 Jun 2011   #11
CorneliusM

windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

When it happens I do check the Task Manager that doesn't show much running apart from usual, I have the Process Manager but I'm not that advanced to understand what is what in order to know what should/shouldn't be running.

My first experience in laptops was an old XP 1/2 GB Ram that pretty much conditioned me into having very few programs/windows/both open at once and I've still stuck to it, I always double check Task Manager to make sure a program has closed before using anything else.

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When you notice things are slower than normal, you might want to see what processes are running in the background that could be hogging your CPU. You could use Task Manager for an overview but I prefer either Process Manager or Process Hacker. Both are free and give a better insight as to what might be happening. (Process Explorer doesn't have to be installed, you can run it from your browser.)

Process Explorer

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Sometimes an unexpected slow down could be caused by automatic updates to an antivirus, a scheduled system scan, scheduled defrag, etc. Either utility should be able to tell you if something like that is happening. And there's another possibility called Perceived Slowdown.

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27 Jun 2011   #12
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

three or four GB wouldn't hurt you, but your shared memory is pretty low. It's really up to you if you don't notice any problems, but you will see an increase in performance in certain areas.
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27 Jun 2011   #13
CorneliusM

windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I would prefer a paired RAM seeing as its insisted so I would go for 4GB, I did notice, however, that when I went through my ATI settings, setting all the video settings to ATI rather than application-controlled helped a little with loading times and so far things have been okay.
Although I do have a Seagate External HDD 500GB that is frequently plugged in and used, I used Device Manager policies to set to Better Performance and switched back because it seems to write cache in Windows slowing my machine. Setting it back to Default Quick Removal again has helped!

Though I will be at some point upgrading to an extra 2GB in the empty slot for better performance in Adobe products

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
three or four GB wouldn't hurt you, but your shared memory is pretty low. It's really up to you if you don't notice any problems, but you will see an increase in performance in certain areas.
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