What Processes Can Be Turned Off To Free Up Ram?

  1. smirk24's Avatar
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    What Processes Can Be Turned Off To Free Up Ram?


    I was given an HP TouchSmart LQ504 AIO Desktop which is no longer supported HP and does a decent job with windows 10 but I have noticed the ram gets eaten up to where it's not ad smooth to use but tolerable. Well since the ram has been getting eaten up I booted into safe mode to copy almost a 100gb worth of files. I got the idea while in safemode I'd check task manager to see how much ram is being used, I seen that my pc was using under 1gb of memory while at an idle but when the pc is at the desktop without safe mode enabled its eating up almost 2 gigs of ram.

    I've tried windows 10 debloater (helped a little)
    Making sure processor scheduling is set to programs.
    Disabling System Services
    I was thinking about slapping a ssd but my ram would still be eaten up.

    My question is what behind the scene settings run in windows 10 that just eats resources and isn't anything that will cause instability on my system?



    https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01481519
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    I would be more concerned about disk or processor activity than RAM usage.

    RAM management is quite complex, using a mix of compressed memory and page file.

    Paul Black undertook a long exercise on Windows services (tenforums thread), attempting to determine which might be disabled. This is not straightforward, as many depend on one another.

    Hacking Windows carries the risk of introducing unexpected consequences as you suggest.
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  3. cereberus's Avatar
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    smirk24 said:
    I was given an HP TouchSmart LQ504 AIO Desktop which is no longer supported HP and does a decent job with windows 10 but I have noticed the ram gets eaten up to where it's not ad smooth to use but tolerable. Well since the ram has been getting eaten up I booted into safe mode to copy almost a 100gb worth of files. I got the idea while in safemode I'd check task manager to see how much ram is being used, I seen that my pc was using under 1gb of memory while at an idle but when the pc is at the desktop without safe mode enabled its eating up almost 2 gigs of ram.

    I've tried windows 10 debloater (helped a little)
    Making sure processor scheduling is set to programs.
    Disabling System Services
    I was thinking about slapping a ssd but my ram would still be eaten up.

    My question is what behind the scene settings run in windows 10 that just eats resources and isn't anything that will cause instability on my system?



    https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01481519
    Turning off processes will have minimal impact on RAM.

    Of course in safe mode, you will use less as networking etc is switched off.


    Idling at 2 GB RAM is pretty normal. Your main issue is lack of RAM - 4GB?

    8GB is really minimum.

    If you cannot upgrade RAM, then putting an SSD will help as it pages much faster.
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  4. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Hello @smirk24,

    Just for interest as you asked regarding Services . . .

    > Project: Which Services can be Disabled WITHOUT Drastic Impact.
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  5. smirk24's Avatar
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    Usually I'd try to max out my ram but in this case 4 gigs is the max ram the mobo supports
    cereberus said:
    Turning off processes will have minimal impact on RAM.

    Of course in safe mode, you will use less as networking etc is switched off.


    Idling at 2 GB RAM is pretty normal. Your main issue is lack of RAM - 4GB?

    8GB is really minimum.

    If you cannot upgrade RAM, then putting an SSD will help as it pages much faster.
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  6. Sven1458's Avatar
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    You can try Home - Black Viper | BlackViper.Com and see what he recommends
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    smirk24 said:
    My question is what behind the scene settings run in windows 10 that just eats resources and isn't anything that will cause instability on my system?


    What is 'behind the scenes' is Windows memory management. It will make the most efficient use of whatever memory is available, typically using about half the available RAM whether that's 2GB, 4G or 8GB. It will put as much as possible of the kernel and services in RAM to improve responsiveness.

    Only with 16GB or more installed RAM does that tail off, only then are you likely to see less than half the memory in use.
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  8. MaloK's Avatar
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    In Chronic case Like that.

    Make an image of your setup (Can never stress that enough)

    Then try this Powershell script:

    Decrapifier, 18XX/19XX/2XXX

    Windows Scripting Host must be enabled and the script must run with administrative privileges.

    Machine goes down to 140 processes. But Still Have 1.5 gig ram used iddle.

    However the only advantage of this on "small" machines like that is the reduced number of task windows will do, This will reduce greatly HDD activity. But on the memory side it will still be "loaded at boot" so maybe a ssd could improve swapping performance.

    If that is not enough, maybe looking into another OS Like Linux Mint. It have the latest firefox using 300MO ram and 5-10Mb per tab instead of 1GIG and 100 mo per tab and more in windows...

    I didn't really bother to check the specs of the machine before starting to post but if it's this machine.

    2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750.
    2GB (1x1GB) RAM.
    320GB SATA Hard Drive.

    Install a small ssd and Linux Mint Xfce.
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  9. smirk24's Avatar
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    Thread Starter
       #9

    Yeah it's that machine thanks. I'll check it out
    MaloK said:
    In Chronic case Like that.

    Make an image of your setup (Can never stress that enough)

    Then try this Powershell script:

    Decrapifier, 18XX/19XX/2XXX

    Windows Scripting Host must be enabled and the script must run with administrative privileges.

    Machine goes down to 140 processes. But Still Have 1.5 gig ram used iddle.

    However the only advantage of this on "small" machines like that is the reduced number of task windows will do, This will reduce greatly HDD activity. But on the memory side it will still be "loaded at boot" so maybe a ssd could improve swapping performance.

    If that is not enough, maybe looking into another OS Like Linux Mint. It have the latest firefox using 300MO ram and 5-10Mb per tab instead of 1GIG and 100 mo per tab and more in windows...

    I didn't really bother to check the specs of the machine before starting to post but if it's this machine.

    2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750.
    2GB (1x1GB) RAM.
    320GB SATA Hard Drive.

    Install a small ssd and Linux Mint Xfce.
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