Windows 7 desktop gizmo reveals annoying escalating RAM demands.
March 30, 2010 8:36 AM Subscribe
Windows 7 paranoia: the desktop CPU/RAM clock doohickey is now the central preoccupation of my life. But I'd like to know why does my RAM usage continually creep upwards?
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I stumbled my way through building my own decent-spec PC recently, installing Windows 7 and my regular host of programs and games without very much bother. It all works splendidly, and thanks to the Microsoft desktop CPU & RAM clock gizmo, I'm aware of the toll each program takes to run, and haven't even halfway taxed my system's capabilities yet - my usual activities are browsing with Opera, dl'ing to an external HD with uTorrent, some iTunes (background processes of which are turned off), video playback in WMPClassic and some relatively low-spec gameplay (my heaviest game being Mount&Blade).
But despite my low-stress demands, I notice my RAM usage always creeps upwards from 25-28% for the hour or so after startup to a constant 45-50% several hours later. RAM usage hovers at 50%... with me staring at it... and closing every open program... and still staring at it... and then checking task manager... and still staring... and then running C-Cleaner... all to no avail until I restart, after which RAM is back running in the 20's for a few hours.
Task manager reveals no extraneous processes from any user.
CPU and graphics temperature readouts are in the green.
I want to know is there any way I can restore my RAM usage to startup levels without actually restarting? What is commandeering more and more RAM over the course of the day and does that translate to poorer performance if I haven't rebooted in the past ~24 hours? Is it possible for a program to continue making demands on the system even after all instances of it have long been closed?
My basic specs: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium, 4gigs RAM, Intel i5 2.67ghz core, GTS250 graphics card, 4 fans, fluffy dice.