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Windows 8.1 Memory Usage @ 9.2 GB in use??

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March 12, 2014 9:21:49 PM

Hello,

I recently built this new rig and running Windows 8.1 it states my mem usage is 9.2 GB? Everything still runs flawless, games run fine on the highest settings possible but yet the mem usage seems incredibly high.

Is this normal for windows 8.1? I would be concerned if everything wasn't running well but it still runs flawless even with the high memory usage.

Any input in welcome.

Thanks,

-Dan

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a b * Windows 8
March 12, 2014 9:38:47 PM

Windows can use as much memory as it wants.

How much system memory do you have?

Are you using the resource monitor or the task manager to review?

Most of it is reserve memory. It's just holding often used programs to improve performance. Unused memory is more wasteful than used memory. Mine is only using 2.8 GB total on 16, but I've only had it powered on for the last few hours.
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March 12, 2014 9:53:54 PM

Alec Mowat said:
Windows can use as much memory as it wants.

How much system memory do you have?

Are you using the resource monitor or the task manager to review?

Most of it is reserve memory. It's just holding often used programs to improve performance. Unused memory is more wasteful than used memory. Mine is only using 2.8 GB total on 16, but I've only had it powered on for the last few hours.


Hello Alec,

I use 16 GB. I restarted it and now it's back to using 2.0 GB. I keep hearing about these memory leaks, ect with windows 8 in particular regarding the network card built into the motherboard. Some say that disabling NDU.sys fixes it. Not sure if that's the case with my issue.

I did have my computer on for 2 days doing hardcore gaming, downloading and the works but I notice my memory didn't go back down. I guess it's not that much of a cause for concern now since even when Task Manager stated it was using 9.3, the computer was still running flawlessly.

I ran into another thread about disabling the NDU.sys here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1940391/ram-wind...



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a b * Windows 8
March 12, 2014 9:57:22 PM

No, it won't return the memory. It's in reserve by Windows. If another program requires extra memory, it will release it.

Keep in mind, excluding Windows itself, most applications are only 32 bit. They can only use 3.5 GB of RAM to the program. That still leaves 4 GB of free RAM on your system.


Windows is using the memory because it's available to use, that's by design. Its nothing to worry about. Don't limit Windows from using RAM, or it will take longer to load applications and switch between them.
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a b * Windows 8
March 12, 2014 9:58:38 PM

That article is also for Win8 RTM , not R2. I wouldn't touch it. It's almost 2 years old.
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March 12, 2014 10:03:38 PM

Alec Mowat said:
Windows can use as much memory as it wants.

How much system memory do you have?

Are you using the resource monitor or the task manager to review?

Most of it is reserve memory. It's just holding often used programs to improve performance. Unused memory is more wasteful than used memory. Mine is only using 2.8 GB total on 16, but I've only had it powered on for the last few hours.


Thanks Alec,

I guess it's not to be of concern, it's just switching from Vista to 8.1 is completely different to me. I just wanted to make sure there was no severe memory leak in my system that was built last weekend hah!

I'll keep an eye on it and see how it goes and not worry about it in the mean time.

-Dan

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a b * Windows 8
March 12, 2014 10:09:27 PM

8.1 is much better. I've had 8 since release, and very few problems.

When you open the task manager, there's a button for "resource monitor"

This will give you a break down of what applications are using the RAM. The number you are looking for is "Hard Faults", this is how often Windows needs to use the Page File instead of reading the RAM. If you are seeing a lot of hard faults, that means your system is running out of resources.

It's most likely at 0.

If anything open is leaking, I'd blame Internet Explorer anyway...
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