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Windows 7: What's reserving 51MB of memory?

05 May 2014   #1

Windows 7: Home Premium
What's reserving 51MB of memory?

Hello All,

I noticed in Resource Monitor that 51MB of my memory is 'Hardware Reserved' and I'm just wondering what's reserving this.

I don't have the IGD enabled so that's not using any. I know the BIOS usually reserves a few MB but I'm not sure why it's 51MB, maybe modern day BIOSs/UEFI systems reserve more than they used to?

My MB is a GA-Z87-HD3 and could it be something to do with Intel's Management Engine?

This isn't really an issue but rather curiosity as to what's reserving it.


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05 May 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

Modern day hardware reserves actually use less memory then before. Especially uefi.

When you hover over it, it states that drivers are also a factor. Perhaps you might have some heft drivers installed. People with dedicated graphics card have beefier drivers, which could be an explanation. It could also be a lot of old flash drive drivers or other items, etc. Look in device manager and uninstall old devices found under other show all items.

Your usage is normal.
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05 May 2014   #3

Windows 7: Home Premium

Thanks Andrew for the reply.

Yes, just had a look and it also says drivers are reserving some of the memory as well. Don't quite understand this, I just assumed it was the BIOS that was taking up space.

Hovering over the 'In Use' section and that also states it used by drivers, so I'm a bit unclear on the difference.

EDIT - Just read it again and it says "Reserved by drivers for some peripherals". This makes more sense, it's not actually reserved for the driver but rather provides memory to a device that doesn't. I guess it will work a bit like shared graphics memory.
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05 May 2014   #4

Windows 10 Pro

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