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  1. Faith's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home October 2018 Update 64-bit
       15 Mar 2016 #1

    Understanding Memory Question

    Hello all! I'm new here . I've been a lurker for a year now, but now it's time to create an account, and it's great to be here! but I have a question regarding the memory tab in Windows Task Manager. If I open it up it says 19%, but when I go to the advance tab it says "3200MB in use", "32MB Changed", and here comes the thing I don't understand: " 11273MB buffered/waiting", and only "1700MB Free". So I guess my question is, is this normal? I did play a couple of games hours ago, is it my games that are being buffered here? I have 16GB of memory in total, so why does it cache so much? Is it OK to only have 1700MB memory left?

    Thanks :)
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  2. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       16 Mar 2016 #2

    Unless you have problems with an insufficient memory, better ignore this topic altogether.
    Microsoft tried to explain it in 40 mins long video, if you have got time, you can watch it.

    Memory Compression in Windows 10 RTM Channel 9
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  3. Faith's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home October 2018 Update 64-bit
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       16 Mar 2016 #3

    Thanks! Very interesting video. Not sure if I understood everything, but from what I could gather, Windows 10 is much more heavy or aggressive with its memory management. Instead of utilizing too much on pagefiling on discs, wearing them out with read/writes especially on SSDs, it will actually use more of the RAM with compression techniques to store and free memory. In my case having a lot of buffered files on RAM is actually a good thing. :)

    So completely normal, question solved I guess.
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  4.    16 Mar 2016 #4

    With 16gb of ram you can safely disable the pagefile. This really isn't needed with that much memory and a good computer.

    Here's a screenshot of my memory stats for comparison.

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