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Windows 7: Free up RAM

21 Nov 2009   #21
Kavoc

Seven 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike89 View Post
I'll say it again. People who want to free up ram are going backwards. Freeing up ram is essientially slowing down performance, not increasing it. Windows 7 makes use of ram on purpose, it's supposed to be doing what it's doing regarding ram. It makes ram much more useful than XP did and hence uses more ram. Windows 7 is always moving internally, trying to predict the users habits and moving information in and out of ram to suit this. Information can be retrieved from ram much quicker than from the hard drive so you want as much of your information stored in ram as possible, not less. One gig for Windows 7 is not enough. I have 6 gigs and regularly use more than 3. If I do more stuff, I'll use even more. Programs designed to free up ram are worthless and counterproductive. One of the fastest components (or should I say responsible for the fastest performance) in the computer is ram. Never can understand why people want to throttle it (by not using it's potential).
I understand that RAM is to be used. It's needed and it's good when it is being used. Though, when you're trying to run a program and can't because the OS is using all of the small amount you may have it's a way to get some back. Personally, I say go buy more RAM if you are having problems, but if you want a quick fix until that oh-so-loved tax return, the RAM compressor I mentioned is nice, or other methods.

The Game Booster I linked to doesn't actually free up RAM, but closes programs that run in the background that you may want to stop. It has a list, but also gives you some choices of programs running like Java. Things not needed to run intensive games. Other than my personal points, I agree with Mike, RAM being used is good. Otherwise why would you pay for it?


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21 Nov 2009   #22
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

We won't discuss a post I saw on another forum where the guy didn't want Windows (Vista at the time) to "use " all the ram, because it would increase the power/electricity usage.
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21 Nov 2009   #23
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ikilledkenny View Post
Hey guys, I want to know if there is a way to free up RAM. I have 1 GB of slow RAM and it is at 60% full when idle. No programs running either. When I click on a few programs like OpenOffice and Chrome, it shoots up to about 80% full. Are there any non-essential processes that I can just kill in order to free this up (other than the programs I'm running)?

Thanks in advance!
On XP, I've used CleanMem. It worked well by freeing up ram for let's say Firefox which would/could jump up into the couple hundred megs fairly quick.
CleanMem v.1.4.2 | PcWinTech.com?
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08 Mar 2010   #24
pokora22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have 1 additional question. I have W7 Ultimate x64, and 2GB of RAM. When system boots up it already is using around 1GB although all processes counted together shows only about 500MB of RAM usage. Can some1 explain that to me? And... after I play some games (Americas Army in this example) even when I exit it still shows me that 90% of my ram is being used. Does this mean it's still within that memory?
Thx in advance for any explanations ^ ^

Yours newbie xD
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08 Mar 2010   #25
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Process Explorer

This is a good program for seeing exactly what is running on your computer. it is more in depth than Task Manager as you can look at each individual process.

For the other part. sometimes graphics cards use the Physical RAM. Also, integrated graphics dont have their own RAM so they use the Physical RAM. So if you have integrated graphics, then it is probably allocating RAM for that.

Welcome to Seven Forums hope this helps.
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08 Mar 2010   #26
pokora22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the prog. Now it seems to be displaying the real amounts ^ ^ But still I don't know what is it with the game ram. I have radeon hd3650 with 512 ram... so it shouldn't use any of the computers.
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08 Mar 2010   #27
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pokora22 View Post
I have 1 additional question. I have W7 Ultimate x64, and 2GB of RAM. When system boots up it already is using around 1GB although all processes counted together shows only about 500MB of RAM usage. Can some1 explain that to me? And... after I play some games (Americas Army in this example) even when I exit it still shows me that 90% of my ram is being used. Does this mean it's still within that memory?
Thx in advance for any explanations ^ ^

Yours newbie xD
Hey there

Just a drive by FYI

a-win 7 will cache more than half of available ram on boot. This both perfectly normal and desired.

b-win 7 64 bit minimum ram is 2 gigs so you are in factfo rcing it to use HD cache. what do you have that set to?

Ken
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08 Mar 2010   #28
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

ATI Radeon? HD 3600 Series Overview

I am not seeing what amount of RAM is being used by your card or that the card has its own dedicated RAM. If you could, please download and run GPU-Z

GPU-Z Video card GPU Information Utility

This will show all of your GPU's specs.

There is a good chance this card does not have its own ram. Its classification is mainly for HD video / and Gaming. Most HD Vid cards don't focus on gaming yet claim they are good for it.

Edit: Sry...Your card is 'good', its just main focus is HD video. You will be able to play games with it better than the Intel Integrated graphics, but it might not have its own ram so it is using your system ram. This would make sense in your case of playing games and seeing that much ram being used. if it doesn't have its own RAM your best bet is to upgrade the ram in your comp.

Can you update your profile with your system specs and post the screenshot of the GPU-Z
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08 Mar 2010   #29
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Mike89,
100% correct. Wish more people would listen to such statements.

"killer" aka ikilledkenny,
Let's get at the root of your problem which is 1GB of ram.
Expand your ram to the max which your computer can physically contain.
Computers do hunger and thirst after ram.
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08 Mar 2010   #30
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

lol All these posts are old old....Pokora22 had posted in it today so i was trying to help, if you have any suggestions, as I am about out of ideas, feel free to share. pokora22's post started on 24th post (4th post down on 3rd page)
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