1.    06 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    Memory usage 99% during idle and continues after reboot.

    A while ago, after upgrading to Win10, my memory usage jumped to 99% percent while watching a movie via VLC player. I couldn't find anything in the task manager that seemed to use up all 16 gb of my memory, the new layout of task manager confused me a bit, so I simply rebooted. Fixed the problem.

    Today The same thing happened to me again, except this time the memory usage continues AFTER a reboot, and then another reboot. My desktop computer seems completely possessed by whatever is using up my memory. I consider myself to be a very advanced user, although not a professional, but I can't figure out how to nail down this culprit via the task manager. Nothing seems to be using up a lot of memory, the total of all the apps isn't close enough, yet it does identify my memory usage at 99%. There were no unusual apps running in the background, just VLC running an HD 1080p movie, which I have done many times on that computer.

    I can imagine this will happen again if I don't find the issue. Any advice on where to start troubleshooting to find a memory hog that only happens once in a great while? Does it have anything to do with windows updating itself secretly and automatically now?

    I need some help!
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  2.    06 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 604
    Windows 7

    Post a screenshot of Task manager - Performance tab showing memory information when the problem occurs
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  3.    06 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    Right now I am performing a boot time scan with Avast Pro anti virus. If my computer will let me take a screenshot, save it, open firefox, post it on here without taking 2-3 hours to process it I would seriously consider it. We'll see after the scan I guess.
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  4.    06 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,173
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    And do make note that 1 process, identified as System Idle Process, should normally be the largest percentage, over 90% if nothing is running.
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  5.    06 Feb 2016 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    My boot scan had nothing special to report and now my memory usage is normal. I know this will creep up on me again. This probably won't show anything in the error logs... right? Let me post what I found in event viewer.Click image for larger version. 

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