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  1.    07 Apr 2016 #1
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    1GB of RAM is being used while computer is idle!


    This is bad, this is very bad. I don't like the fact it uses up so much memory, the computer needs this stuff and it is using so much of it!
    I just got this computer 3 days ago to replace my old one which was very slow. I don't want this to keep happening.
    Much help would be appreciated
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  2.    07 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Indiana/Florida
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    Windows 10 Home x64

    Welcome to the forums 123cwillett!

    Have you uninstalled all the factory bloatware? That would be my first step.
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  3.    07 Apr 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
    Welcome to the forums 123cwillett!

    Have you uninstalled all the factory bloatware? That would be my first step.
    Okay I will do so, and also I don't mean hard drive space, but I will try uninstalling the factory bloatware.
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  4.    07 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 7

    1 GB memory usage on a system with 4 GB RAM is neither bad nor unusual. Windows is using the memory because it is there. And that is a good thing, what any intelligently designed operating system would do.

    Memory usage in any modern OS is highly dynamic and will vary depending on how much RAM is present, what processes are running, what they were doing previously in the session, and more. This is far more complex then most people imagine.

    Current usage might seem high but that is only because there is currently no better use for it. Any modern OS will try to find some use for as much memory as possible, even if it is only of trivial value. Free memory is wasted memory. But if a large application is started this usage will be trimmed back, drastically if necessary. I have seen this happen many times.

    Please do not install one of those third part memory "optimizers". They actually do the opposite. They might make the numbers in Task Manager appear better but will actually impair performance.
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  5.    07 Apr 2016 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Left coast but not a progressive liberal
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    dual boot W10 10586th2/14291 rs1 Win. Insider since Jan. 2015

    Exactly what ^^^^^ the previous reply from LMiller7 said very well ........

    Again Windows is going to to use RAM
    in varying amounts at idle from almost nothing to maybe as much as 3 GB or maybe almost half of what you have at 4GB or less now and then ,usually nothing to be concerned about and it will try to fill up what you have at 8 GB or less just with casual use anyway when you are using windows

    Understand Windows re locates all that instantly dynamically as you need it for windows apps and programs

    OTOH some ( a lot ) of the factory bloatware like indianacarnie legitimately suggested uninstalling may and often runs persistent background processes ,updates and services .


    IOW if I'm not going to use Bloatware my rule is uninstall it

    Windows probably reserves at least 1GB for your GPU or whatever it has even if it has its own memory it will (at least) mirror what you have there anyway whether it's an IGPU or d/GPU and then there is the other hardware and compressed page file in ram for quick access , and less hdd R/W in win 10 hdd indexing ,file indexing and so on and so on


    Maybe open Perform Mon and see whats going on to an extent if you are curios but while it may overwhelm newbies big time Proc man is better and so is Auto Runs and there are often hidden background processes and services running anyway and maybe (usually ) some telemetry back to Microsoft randomly on the test builds when you arent using it .


    OTOH you can give all that a "Black Viper " haircut with proc man and auto-runs but if you knew how to do all that and about Black Viper you wouldn't have posted the question anyway but outside of bloatware Windows 10 is much better about all that than any of the others

    You can give your run time app permissions and notifications ,actions & idling ram use a haircut with the settings >system app >notification & actions menu & apps and features on off toggles
    Last edited by blutos cousin; 07 Apr 2016 at 14:50.
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  6.    07 Apr 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by 123cwillett View Post
    Okay I will do so, and also I don't mean hard drive space, but I will try uninstalling the factory bloatware.
    Use control panel /uninstall don't just delete it from the program folders again windows re allocates resources & memory as you need them anyway

    8GB of ram seem so be th eseet spot for a lot of folks and 4GB can work fine also it depends on what your needs are some folks need 16,35 or 64GB of ram and some more than that 8-16 is usually plenty and not bad for PC games and 2- 4 GB of v ram is decent
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  7.    08 Apr 2016 #7
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Colorado
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    Windows 10

    As others have said, welcome to the modern 64 bit operating system. It uses memory more efficiently than the predecessors.

    That said, your use of the system will be a major indicator of how much memory you need. If you perform little multi-tasking (that is you keep one or two open apps at a time) then you are probably fine with 4GB of RAM. That won't be a problem. However, if your work flow is such that you need many applications open at the same time and are doing memory intensive tasks (video editing, multiple tabs in browsers, etc.) then more memory might be your friend.

    The day when 4GB of RAM was the optimum for an OS have long gone. Today I'd say the average person should get 8GB minimum. 16GB being the optimum and more than that if you are using some really intense memory applications.
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  8.    08 Apr 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by blutos cousin View Post
    Use control panel /uninstall don't just delete it from the program folders again windows re allocates resources & memory as you need them anyway

    8GB of ram seem so be th eseet spot for a lot of folks and 4GB can work fine also it depends on what your needs are some folks need 16,35 or 64GB of ram and some more than that 8-16 is usually plenty and not bad for PC games and 2- 4 GB of v ram is decent
    i use this computer to do web browsing, play minecraft and some flash games.
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  9.    08 Apr 2016 #9
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    Windows 7

    In other words - you don't really need all that RAM. You will be OK, no need to panik.
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  10.    08 Apr 2016 #10
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    Iowa, USA
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    Windows 10 1709 Pro x64 (Fall Creators Update)

    My Windows 7 (that I just installed) used 98% of ram and I was using Chrome on it, Malwarebytes & AVG scanning, and Nvidia GeForce Experience open and when I closed NVidia G.E. and Chrome it was still at the same spot. So, your lucky sir --> But no, you're totally fine That is very normal, mine uses about 24% - 30% when started. Like what

    Like @hiphopper said:
    Quote Originally Posted by hiphopper
    As others have said, welcome to the modern 64 bit operating system. It uses memory more efficiently than the predecessors.
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