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Windows 7: Ridiculous Modified Memory usage

23 Jan 2016   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The solution is simple - even over a year later. just reboot and the 'modified' will shrink.

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24 Jan 2016   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The solution is simple - even over a year later. just reboot and the 'modified' will shrink.
That's treating the symptom, but it doesn't eliminate the cause of the excessive memory load. My system has 16GB of RAM. It would slowly fill up completely over a few days until Windows started closing down applications. I would then reboot the pc and the whole cycle started again. Now, after what i did yesterday, task manager shows a nice and stable 3.2GB load. Problem solved.
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24 Jan 2016   #13

Windows 7 64bit

I am not sure I remember correctly, but I think I solved the issue by letting Windows automatically manage my Virtual Memory.

As I mentioned in my first post, I used to have a manually configured paging file of 2000MB (initial) to 8000MB (maximum). Apparently, this was too low to handle my 32Gb of RAM (for reasons I don't fully understand). The reason I had such configuration was that I noticed a very low available disk space on my small C: SSD and after installing SequoiaView, I saw a huge pagefile.sys file in my C: drive (as well as a huge hiberfil.sys but that's another story). In order to prevent Windows to reserve such a huge chunk of my little SSD disk space, I manually set the Virtual Memory to the above values.

Currently, I have checked the "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" in the Virtual Memory tab and I have no issues. I also no longer see any pagefile.sys file in any of my drives. I am not sure why that is, but I would guess that a fixed pagefile.sys is only created when the "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" is not checked.

However, the Handles column suggested by Bonez0r is still interesting as you can see in my screenshot below. My top 2 consumers are related to Realtek software and after a little research on the internet, it seems they are well known for memory leaking.

I am still not sure why my Modified Memory is low (only 63MB with 9 days uptime) since there are still processes leaking memory. Maybe Windows can tackle these issues when they have the freedom to manage paging file themselves.

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24 Jan 2016   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

My simple methods that I use.

1. Let Windows 7 manage all memory.

2. I turn off Sleep and Hibernation. I don't use them. As fast as today's computers boot why bother.

3. When the computer is not in use; I turn if off. (Shut it down) (Give it a rest) Be nice to your little friend.
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