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So ever since Windows 10 forced the "Anniversary Update" on me a couple of weeks back, I've noticed that when I load into Windows my PC is using 8.8GB+ of my 16GB total DRAM. Nothing in Task Manager shows a use over roughly 250MB and BEFORE the Anniversary Update I would idle around 1.7GB-2GB.

Anyone know how to fix this? The only solution I've found is removing 3 RAM sticks, booting into Windows, then replacing said RAM. At this point Windows returns to the normal 1.7GB idle RAM usage but only for a short time. Eventually I boot up and it's idling with half my RAM again.
    
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Yeah remove that **** os.....
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Thats the point of having all that ram. I am sitting at 8.6GB of ram on a fresh boot from power down. The point of having ram is for frequently used items to be stored in it for quick retrieval.

On a side note are you using chrome as your brower?
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You can download the Microsoft provided tool RamMap: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ff700229

It will take a moment to check everything, then use the "empty" drop down and select "empty standby list". This will manually empty the standby memory. Hit F5 to refresh, or check however you did before to see the change.

The standby memory will be given up to any programs that need it, but this can be useful if a program isn't checking for free memory properly, and is refusing to run, or complaining about low memory.

There isn't anything wrong with the standby memory taking up most of your RAM, unless an application specifically is complaining about memory.
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Heh....Windows 10 just ran another "Cumulative Update for Windows 10" and guess what? I'm back down to 1.7GB Idle DRAM usage. Must've been some kind of memory leak or something in the previous version? I dunno.
    
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Heh....Windows 10 just ran another "Cumulative Update for Windows 10" and guess what? I'm back down to 1.7GB Idle DRAM usage. Must've been some kind of memory leak or something in the previous version? I dunno.

It's normal for Windows 10 to fill all but ~500mb of your RAM. As you load programs, there's no reason to actually wipe the memory until something needs the space- this way if you run the same thing again, it's already in RAM and will be much faster to load.
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