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Windows 7: ram usage spike, unknown cause for years

25 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
ram usage spike, unknown cause for years

tbh, i have no idea what is causing this because it happens all the time. even when i restart my computer, even when i do factory resets. (cpu spikes too, but thats recent so i will get to that)

a couple years ago, my RAM usage would spike. when i turn on my laptop, my usage would be about 1-2gb.

from there, since i like saving things to watch for later and i game a lot since im too broke to afford a new computer; i leave my laptop on for very long times (sometimes days).

from the beginning to the end of the day, my RAM usage spikes from 1-2gb to 6-7gb. everything would run perfectly fine until i start running out of memory. thats when my games crash or dont run properly and eventually my computer runs slow or it commits seppuku (BSOD).

i've tried everything to find the cause of the issue. i've ran multiple virus scans from multiple anti-viruses, i've done factory resets with the CD, checked multiple guides and solutions online, ALL to no avail.
(rammap is very weird, because it shows me that the memory is in use, but not whats using it)

(one guide said to try disabling superfetch, tried it out and still nothing)

so eventually i got tired of looking for a solution and i brushed it off since the computer could last me a day or two before i had to restart it.

fast forward a couple years to the recent present, it happens so often i cant run my computer anymore.
for example, i turned on this laptop a few hours ago at 8pm est and it is now 12am est and my ram usage has jumped from 2gb to 5gb.

about four days ago is when i started getting CPU problems as well. i used to be able to run programs and application normally without any cpu spikes.

i used to able to run games like elite dangerous on very low settings around acceptable CPU loads (hey this baby ran crysis years ago like a charm). now i can't even run simple side scroller games like starbound or terraria without my cpu bottlenecking. ((E : D has directx problems after my RAM usage gets high))

everything lags like i just set movie like quality graphics settings.


to make a long story short::

been passing by these forums for a very long time, decided to throw in the towel and ask for help.

please help me get my baby back into working condition, because i cannot afford another computer.

please and thank you

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26 Jul 2016   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

looks like my thread was moved to a more appropriate area. thank you for that, i wrote this post in a hurry so i didn't have time to look through the different areas.

if anyone needs more information or would like me to clarify to help me solve this problem, i will be more than happy to assist.
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29 Jul 2016   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

bump? anyone willing to help?

i have more info

it looks like the majority of my RAM is being used as modified memory
currently 3.4gb worth

looking through 'resource monitor' doesn't yield any results into what is using all the ram.

could it be the page file? i keep reading that the page file amount should be double the amount of your physical ram, but i also keep reading about not changing it and letting the system handle that.

i also hear that if its not that page file and the leak is somewhere else, then doubling the page file amount will only prolong the inevitable.

what do? anyone have any suggestions?

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29 Jul 2016   #4

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Yuen,
have a look at this thread, might point you in the right direction, with a few other thigs to run and post
Ridiculous Modified Memory usage

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