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Windows 7: Sluggish Performance/Memory Usage

21 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
High Memory Usage When Idle & Sluggish Performance

My computer has been running very sluggishly lately. It seems that becomes bogged down even when I leave it alone and it's idle. I have a pretty decent amount of RAM (12gb) and it doesn't run any smoother when I close programs.
I've attached some screenshots from Task Manager.
I've cleared almost 50gb from my hard drive and increased my page file to the recommended size.

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Sluggish Performance/Memory Usage-taskmanager-memory.jpg   Sluggish Performance/Memory Usage-taskmanager-graph.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

First try this:

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Does safe mode have the issue?

Safe Mode
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Apr 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Thanks! I'll try the clean startup in the morning and let you know the result.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

After the clean startup it's idling at 1.6GB of memory.
I also installed the latest Windows updates and it idled in safe mode at approx. 800mb of memory.
I'll keep an eye on it throughout the day and see if it spikes like it's done in the past.
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