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Windows using too much Ram when idle

Last response: in Windows 7
February 16, 2012 9:33:14 PM

Hello, I have Gb of ram and recently upgraded from 4gb. When i had 4gb it used 30% of ram when idle. I switched to 8gb and it is using 50% when idle. I used several virus detection softwares to see if that was it. It wasn't. NowIi am also finding programs such as firefox or java using ridiculkous amounts of ram. For example; I was using firefox and was just using google. Next thing I see is a message from windows saying to close firefox casue it using too much ram. I look at the processes to see how much ram and it will be using about 3.5Gb ram... anyone have any idea how to fix?

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a c 209 $ Windows 7
February 16, 2012 11:05:26 PM

What operating system do you have? If you're getting "out of memory" errors with only 3.5GB of RAM in use then it sounds like you have a 32-bit operating system which can only see the first 3.5GB or so of RAM.

If you want to use 4GB or more of RAM you have to switch to a 64-bit operating system.
February 16, 2012 11:29:03 PM

Run Malwarebytes.
a b $ Windows 7
February 17, 2012 12:41:31 AM

how much do you use just at idle no network connected plain os