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Windows 7: RAM is sooo high!

16 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 7 Professinal x64

what are your page file settings.. make sure you ALWAYS have a page file. This would cause abnormal ram usage since windows can't use the page file. make sure it's set to at least 10-12 GB as the max and 6 as the MIN. other users on this forum might have other recommendations but that's mine.

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17 Jul 2011   #12

windows 7 home premium x64

Thanks guys i appreciate the help here!

I was able to take down the processes but want to get them lower. Only four items are in startup so i went to the services tab assuming there would be some stuff there i can get rid of but im not exactly sure what i can safely remove.
I've also run defrag and disk cleanup to delete stuff, both somewhat frequently and the other day as well

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17 Jul 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Please keep in mind:

Your PC wanting to use/keep more things in memory is a different that being bogged down with many useless processes/services.
I do agree, disabling applications at startup that are not at all needed is a very good idea.

But altering Windows default Services, or any application thats acts as a performance booster (other than Windows own) may actually hinder performance more than it helps.

After cleaning up junks files, defragmenting, and disabling un-needed startup items, has game performance improved any?

One other thing I think is fair to mention.
So games do not run optimally with the out of box settings. Sometimes they need .ini tweaks etc, to get them running better on a particular system. These type of games usually have nothing to do with your system set up.
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17 Jul 2011   #14

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kopp View Post
A few months ago my RAM usage just started reaching 1gb at its lowest. Now it hits over 2.5gb sometimes and is seen at 1.5gb normally. Programs I used to be able to run now have problems frequently and have rendered my gaming laptop to a MSpaint and notepad oriented computer.

Thank you for taking the time to look at this!
FWIW, I had some similar problems with my kids computers over the last 12 months. They a all run Windows 7 Ultimate, with 8GB RAM, GTX460 gfx with 1GB RAM, and ran I7-920, until recently when I upgraded them to I5-2500 and I5-2500K.

For some online games we found that running in window mode rather than full screen fixed the problems. The problems were caused by updates to the game. The publisher released new versions and the problem went away.

We also found that a combination of security and performance updates from Micro$oft and nVidia caused some problems. We found that one particular "performance patch" that M$ released actually made things worse. However, that patch was superceded and the problem was resolved. The point being, it might be worthwhile making sure all your M$ and video patches are up to date

There are some processes that are just a waste, such as IPHelper (for the time being at least), security Center, Offline files and in my opinion Windows search. But them I'm very organised, and this thread isn't abount tuning systems.

My system runs at 1.25gb on idle after being rebooted. When applications have been opened and closed it will go up to 1.35gb at idle. The system has 8GB RAM. I have 43 processes running.

The only program I have found to cause problems is HCenc 0.25, which will use all available memory when encoding, then strip memory from other processes and requires a reboot to fix.

We also found a problem with my router killed some online games, like runescape, GMod, Counter Strike and AruaRose. These appeared to be lagging really badly, and leave terrible mouse trails everywhere and when we reset the router to factory defaults and reconfigured it the problems went away.

Things don't just go awry for no reason. If you have system restore enabled, have you tried going back to a point at which things worked well (If you can remember the date things last worked well)?

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23 Jul 2011   #15

windows 7 home premium x64

no i haven't tried a system restore and i did obtain some success when i took down startup applications. My processes right now are at 67 with 717 threads (if that matters) and 1.47 gb ram used with only firefox running. I just want to mention that the games worked perfectly before and i have been considering a system restore but to get it back to when it ran perfectly would be setting it back over a year. I have too many files on here that I've devoted too much time in to just throw them away considering i don't have any external memory.
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23 Jul 2011   #16

Windows 7 64b Ultimate

I'm not sure if I see/interpret your example screen/snip correctly but it seems you're running stuff you don't need to run whilst gaming...
Over time your system acumulates loads of software that comes with processes that run / sleep in the background and seem to take up memory. That is not necesarily a bad thing because sleeping processes are put away in your pging file which is fine as long as they don't want to wake up on a regular basis.

If you want to stop that altogether, clear out all automatic update processes.. And extreme, if your game is local and doesn't need internet, take out your nic and disable AV and Firewall, anti malware whilst gaming locally. Just remember to turn them back on after....
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23 Jul 2011   #17
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

this laptop is supposed to be a gaming computer
This is an oxymoron.
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23 Jul 2011   #18

Windows 7 64b Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
this laptop is supposed to be a gaming computer
This is an oxymoron.
You probably mean a contradictio in terminis

But that is not necesarily true... I 've seen great gaming lt's with full hd screens and the cpu and gpu power to back it up.... But in this case... You may be right. It wholly depends on the games the op wishes to play....
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23 Jul 2011   #19
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

67 processes at idle to me is quite high. Mine, for example, runs about 49-51 idle. Try taking some more startup items if you can. Or, if you crapware installed, uninstalling those will reduce the amount of processes further.
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23 Jul 2011   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I see Tune Utilities Service and MBAM Service running. What antivirus do you have? MBAM Pro slowed things down on my machine too much so I ditched its real time protection.

Do you print? Do you share files? Do you share Windows Media? Check out Black Viper for services that you can safely disable or set to manual based on how you use your machine. Just write down any settings before you make a change so you can always go back to your default setting.

Black Viper’s Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations | Black Viper's Website |
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