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Windows 8.1 using 16gb's of RAM on nothing

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 using 16gb's of RAM on nothing

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    Any idea what is going on? Task manager or process explorer doesn't show anything taking up 16GB's of ram usage, yet its maxing out.

    Tried upping the pagefile but to no avail.


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  2. #2

    Hi Moldypoato and Welcome the Eight Forums
    We have had this discussion so many times. Modern OS from Vista onward use all the ram to load the os and everything possible into it. Why have ram and have it empty when it is the fastest method of loading and unloading data. Superfetch loads stuff into ram. Programs you use often. Then they are ready right away. Don't fool with this as it will cause your computer to run slower and even crash with a BSOD
    Read about the subject here:

    SuperFetch: How it Works & Myths
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    Hi Indianatone,

    Superfetch is disabled though, as in the past I have had problems with it. Plus my PC is slowing to a crawl while it closes all the programs from not having enough memory to use. I was thinking it may be an unknown driver causing the issue but I don't know how to tell what driver it is or where to find out if one is causing an issue
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  4. #4

    OK couple of possibilities. You are full of malware or a virus and you should enable superfetch as that is exactly the problem I was mentioning.
    Download trial and scan your system. What antivirus do you have and what other "Tweaks" have you done to the system? Please fill in your system specs.
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  5. #5

    Post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab - Performance.
    Looking at processes is premature.

    Edit: Better yet, post a screenshot of Process Explorer System Information - Memory tab. This is accessible from the View menu.
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