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Windows 7: exessive memory usage

19 Jul 2017   #1
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 
exessive memory usage

I've got a widget that displays my CPU and Memory usage. Over the last couple of months I've seen memory usage occasionally jump up way beyond my 'idle' figure (which is around 21 - 24%) to as much as 90%. This occurs following boot-up. No CPU usage is apparent. I've looked at my Resource Monitor (and I have my 'Services' well under control) but nothing appears that is different to the normal usage. If I do a re-start it always goes back to regular usage. Basically, something is grabbing memory at start-up. I'm always conscious of my OS doing stuff in the background but this excess usage issue occurs at boot-up which is not the way I've seen it working in the past. I thought it was Malware Bytes 3 and gave them a hard time, but it wasn't them and I apologised. During my fracas with MB we ran AdwCleaner, JRT and Sophos virus removal but nothing showed up that made any difference. Anyone know what I should do; if, in fact, I should do anything?


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19 Jul 2017   #2
torchwood

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

Hi urbanspaceman1,

start-up is a 2 phase operation.
Immediate
Delayed

Have a look under services -sort by start up type
gee i wonder if Windows updates is there.

Roy
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19 Jul 2017   #3
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

Hello Roy. Yes, Update is there under delayed start but it is set to notify only; however, that doesn't mean it isn't busy in the background, I just assumed it wasn't. What is it doing? If I disable it does it mean I won't get notifications?
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19 Jul 2017   #4
torchwood

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

Hi,

Notify DOES NOT stop it looking(running).
The better option PERFORMANCE wise is Download let me choose

have a look in your CBS log(C-Windows-logs-cbs (top text one).
You dont have to understand it Just look at the times its running AND how often while your online
Even set to dissabled DOES NOT stop it.
Turning OFF the driver update part of WU helps.

You might also want to look at your task manager LOCAL for 3rd party start-ups
and any peripheral update GUI settings ESPESCIALLY printers. even OEM bloatware.

Roy
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19 Jul 2017   #5
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

OK, I've switched to 'Download let me choose' although I can only hazard a guess as to why this is better performance-wise: does it stop Windows constantly checking?
I appreciate the log indications: yes, constantly talking on-line; however, I assume that is not a recent occurrence and has always been that way, so not causing my recent memory hogging... yes?
I can't find any reference to WU Driver Updates anywhere; where is that option?
Task mgr LOCAL showed on Windows Host Processes (5 or 6 of them) nothing else.
I have everything tightly controlled on my Services access page with nothing even remotely unnecessary starting up. Also, Sys Config Startup is pared down to ONLY those startup items required.
This is why I am mystified as to what is doing it, and why only sometimes.
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19 Jul 2017   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Please post pictures like these so we can have a look.

exessive memory usage-capturestart-up.png

exessive memory usage-services.png

Jack


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19 Jul 2017   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\View update history. When was the last successful update? Do you have resent fails?
When you manually run Check for updates, does it find updates or run forever?
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19 Jul 2017   #8
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 
screenshots

exessive memory usage-screenshot_wed_jul_19_19.40.03.png
exessive memory usage-screenshot_wed_jul_19_19.41.37.png
exessive memory usage-screenshot_wed_jul_19_19.43.50.png


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19 Jul 2017   #9
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\View update history. When was the last successful update? Do you have resent fails?
When you manually run Check for updates, does it find updates or run forever?
I've had no problems with updates for some considerable time
last update was the monthly roll-up on the 12th of July; installed no problem.
This memory issue dates back before then.
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19 Jul 2017   #10
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

Just to be perfectly clear: the Services screenshot doesn't bother showing all the manual entries that have not started;
I just included a few to indicate where active services stop.
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