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Friend of mine just did a clean install of Windows Vista 64-bit and if having some high cpu usage and multiple instances of the same program running at once. He says his performance is **** and was fine before... He just got done upgrading his HDD with 2x 500gb in RAID 0.

laptop specs
intel core 2 quad cpu q9100 @ 2.26 ghz
4.00 gb ram
vista 64 bit os
2x ati 3870
x2 500gb raid0

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In the pictures it shows his free ram as 2, that might be the problem something running is eating up all his ram which usually makes the computer very sluggish when multi-tasking.
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In the pictures it shows his free ram as 2, that might be the problem something running is eating up all his ram which usually makes the computer very sluggish when multi-tasking.

Could it be possible his RAM is going bad? Because I mean it's only showing that he's using about 2GB of ram out of 4GB....
    
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In the pictures it shows his free ram as 2, that might be the problem something running is eating up all his ram which usually makes the computer very sluggish when multi-tasking.

Looking at that SS and without knowing you would think the wording would explain the usage in the way it portrays, but sadly, it's just badly written. Free RAM isn't really 'free' in the sense, rather it's paged for system processes currently running and paging free RAM to a cache of sorts. To see how much RAM is actually free you have to see what amount has been committed to Windows and other processes which is cached in RAM to what is committed to the counter which reads 'RAM+pagefile'. He has plenty of free RAM for programs that need it and plenty of page file to swap from if memory overruns or needs caching for distance use.

Windows does a decent job managing memory requirements in reality.
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Could it be possible his RAM is going bad? Because I mean it's only showing that he's using about 2GB of ram out of 4GB....

Anything is possible but bad RAM would cause other more noticeable errors like memory related BSOD's, programs faulting related to memory errors, execution malfunctions etc...
    
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If he leaves World of Warcraft minimized, of course windows will be sluggish.
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