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Memory being overused

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    Memory being overused


    My Windows 8 Operating system (tried 8.1 but I had to factory reset because it broke) seems to be taking up more memory than it needs and it gradually increases over time. Is there any way to fix this?

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    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    There's an old saying: Free RAM is wasted RAM. By default, Windows uses up a load of RAM, on top of that which it is using, as cache in anticipation of the next operation - it's called Superfech. If there is a sudden demand from elsewhere for that RAM it will instantly dump it for what is required. It helps Windows to run faster.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Can you post a picture of the Resource Monitor > Memory tab. You find it in Computer management > Performance as a link. The output would look something like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    There's an old saying: Free RAM is wasted RAM. By default, Windows uses up a load of RAM, on top of that which it is using, as cache in anticipation of the next operation - it's called Superfech. If there is a sudden demand from elsewhere for that RAM it will instantly dump it for what is required. It helps Windows to run faster.
    the problem is that its not being released... ever.... I even tried pushing it to 100% but it still wouldnt be released to the process I was running. and a couple nights ago it was lingering at 95% and my computer was running very slow

    and here is the resource monitor
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Looks like you have a Chrome invasion. Try not to use Chrome (set another default browser) after the next reboot and see what happens.
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    If it is chrome causing the problem is there a way around it so I can still use chrome? Internet explorer and Firefox never work properly for me.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    We don't know yet how much of the problem is due to Chrome. My suggestion was a test to find out. For that Chrome must not be used. Use Opera or Safari in the meantime if the others are no good - which I don't understand.
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    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Opera is quite light.
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    I will restart my computer and not touch chrome and go about my usual business. I will be back in a couple hours.
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    after running my computer for 8 hours and never opening chrome once, it is determined that chrome is the cause of my issue. thank you for the help on figuring out what is wrong. now I need to find the solution to the issue.
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