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Windows 7: 1GB of Ram always being used

14 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
1GB of Ram always being used


I'm having a strange problem. My computer is always using 1gb of RAM all the time. Even when there's nothing running. Obviously the problem lays in backround services and programs, I've checked to see whats running and I don't think it can all add up to 1GB. Attached are some pictures of my task manager showing what's running.

Thank you for your time.

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14 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 home premium x64

Not a problem, the system uses memory, if it's required for other tasks it will be re-assigned.
The only time no memory is being used is when your 'puter is off.
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14 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

With having 8GB of RAM, sounds about right to me.
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14 Jun 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Agree .... Looks completely normal to me. You have lots of RAM to spare - no problems.
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14 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Alright, thanks for the replies, it was just unusual to me because on other computers if nothing was running it wouldn't use any.
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14 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

I see nothing wrong either.
Adding up the memory sage of running processes rarely produces meaningful results. The numbers shown are not the full usage of the processes and there are major users of memory that are not processes.

Memory usage in Windows is highly dynamic and always under the control of the OS. The memory manager will always try to assign memory where it will do the most good to improve performance. As long as adequate memory is available the memory manager will allow system and other processes to use as much memory as they wish. This is a good thing and improves performance. But if memory is needed for new processes the usage of these processes will be trimmed back to meet the demand, drastically if necessary. This will impair performance so the memory manager will only do this when necessary.

The memory manager will always try to find some use for as much memory as possible, even if it is only of trivial value. The memory gauge does not show this. It was never meant to. The ideal would be zero free memory at all times but computer science has not reached that point yet.

Memory management in Windows is highly complex and follows principles that are poorly understood by most computer users. This often leads to confusion, sometimes even among computer professionals.
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