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Windows 7: explorer.exe higher than normal mem usage

29 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
explorer.exe higher than normal mem usage

Normally explorer.exe should have something like 12,000 K memory used at boot and rise to around just under 50,000 K as you do stuff on the computer, at least mine used to. Now the one explorer.exe is hovering around 77,000 K and I've seen it as high as 102,000 K. This happened once before but it went away the same night randomly. Now it won't go away this time. I've read other threads about two explorer.exe's and one of them being some malicious program of some kind in ProgramData, this is not the same thing. My legit one and only explorer.exe is taking much more memory than it usually does.

Any ideas? I've tried all the basic stuff I can already try now. No viruses, no malware, nothing weird going on that I know of.

On a related note, sometimes when I boot up my PC, when Windows Update and Action Center loads up, one svchost.exe will explode to around 1,300,000 K memory used! After about ten minutes, it settles to 800,000 K or 600,000 K and then after a few more minutes, finally down to 200,000 K where it belongs. I'm 99% sure it has something to do with Windows Update loading up and scanning for updates.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2015   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Explorer memory usage

Explorer memory usage

That could be down to a buggy shell extension that needs updating (or disabling / removing)

High svchost memory usage. If it's svchost.exe (netsvcs) it would indicate either a problem with internet explorer or windows updates or both.

Reset IE and check for any missing patches.

Lots of users have had the windows updates high memory usage problem. It doesn't seem to be easy to fix. It could be that windows updates components need resetting. It could be that you need to run an advanced disk cleanup. It could be that you need to reinstall windows update agent. It could also mean that you've got failed or pending updates that need sorting out. Maybe ask for help in the windows updates section.

Also see: Very high memory (and sometimes CPU) usage by svchost.exe: up to 1 GB

I don't know what you mean about the figures you quoted for normal memory usage. It seems high.

Here's mine:

explorer.exe higher than normal mem usage-memory-usage.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 explorer.exe higher than normal mem usage

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