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Windows 8: Never uses all of my memory

  1. #1

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    Windows 8: Never uses all of my memory


    Below is a screenshot of my task manager. I have no idea why my machine does not use all of its RAM even though it knows the full 12GB are there, nor how long it has been doing this, but I think since I purchased the laptop.

    It is running windows 8 and I have not updated to 8.1, could an update make any difference? I assume there may just be a setting somewhere but have no idea where

    Any help is appreciated, and sorry if I missed any details.

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  2. #2

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    I don't think one wants ALL the memory being used.
    That might lead to a freeze up.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Maybe not all

    But it's using half all the time, wouldn't an increase to 10GB speed up the entire machine significantly?

    Actually, it occasionally does freeze up because it's using 6GB as the maximum, it never goes over what it's currently showing, but does go below when not required
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  4. #4

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    I have no idea how to force a computer to use more RAM.
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  5. #5

    You can run a benchmark program and follow RAM usage while it's working.
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  6. #6

    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit

    I have 6GB of RAM and my ram usage display looks just like yours (percentage-wise) all the time. I have tried starting multiple programs yet the approx. 50% usage never budges. I think the display is a fake by MS. :-)
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  7. #7

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    I have 6GB of RAM and my ram usage display looks just like yours (percentage-wise) all the time. I have tried starting multiple programs yet the approx. 50% usage never budges. I think the display is a fake by MS. :-)
    Don't forget abut swap file, windows is writing to disk some of it. Kill PF if you have enough physical memory and see than.
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  8. #8

    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Also, something like a game might use quite a bit while playing but when you quit the game, the memory is freed up again. You go to task manager and it looks like it was never used.
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  9. #9

    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    To me 54% is a lot being used, unless like popeye saying running a game. Is this when it is idle ? Your concerned about it using more RAM and why is doesn't, meanwhile it's using kind of a lot of RAM in your pic. I am here on internet on Firefox mine is using 9%, 1.4GB of 16GB.
    Think you need check what is running on your PC be little more concerned why it is using so much at once, unless you know.Rather then being concerned how to use it all. Check startup tab in task manager.

    Check your Pagefile ,right click Windows start button, select System, then Advanced System Settings, then click Settings and Advanced Tab. See how much Virtual Memory it is using as could be this.

    Some possible reasons for crashing.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7

    There is nothing to worry about. The OS actually uses relatively little RAM. On systems with a lot of RAM, most is used for caching (Standby). But for that you have to have run a lot of programs.

    My currnet use of the 8GB is 2GB for the OS and 1.5GB for caching - after running all day. More than half of my 8GB is currently unused. I have really only seen it all used when I run a couple of virtual machines on top of the OS.

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