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Windows 7: Abnormal RAM usage / reported usage

02 May 2015   #1

Win 7 Ultimate
Abnormal RAM usage / reported usage


I have 8GB of RAM (7.90 usable) and I get "Your computer is running low on RAM" messages, up to the point where Windows asks me to close programs or even closes some. The problem is I don't see this reflected in the Task Manager -> Memory column for the running processes. Any idea what's eating up my RAM or why Windows is falsely reporting it's low on RAM?

Screenshot: the reported RAM adds to around 2GB, but the reported 77% would mean 6GB are being used. What's up?!

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02 May 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab when the problem occurs.

Adding up the items in the process memory usage column will never equal total usage. It was never intended that they would. There are major users of memory that are not processes, not all of which are shown in Task Manager. And in this case not all processes are shown. You must select "Show processes from all users" to see all processes.

The error message states that the computer was low on memory. The problem usually has nothing to do with RAM at all.
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02 May 2015   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

Is it RAM or Virtual Memory? If the latter then check disk space.
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