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Has anyone been able to find out where the memory leak is within Windows Vista? I know there has to be one somewhere, because all my processes add up anywhere from 400MB to 800MB. I have 4GB of RAM in my PC, and when Idle, Vista uses about 1.2GB, and when active, can use anywhere from 50% to 100% of all 4 gigs.

I know there are similar issues all over the internet with Vista, I even disabled superfetch, and that actually helped a little - but not much.

Anyone have any ideas as to what I might look at or try - to get rid of this issue?
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Did you see what programs were running in the task manager, mine uses around 1.2GB idle, but it never gets close to 4GB so that is sort of odd in your case. Also, disable indexing and remote desktop services.
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go to Task Manager > processes and see what is using the most ram. Are you using the sidebar. Took pic from:

http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1616
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go to Task Manager > processes and see what is using the most ram. Are you using the sidebar. Took pic from:

http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1616
Holy sheeite, thats killer usage for the sidebar. Must have alot of plug ins. When I boot into Vista 1.2GB of 4 is being used as well. Eveything works great though so I try to ignore that.
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Did you see what programs were running in the task manager, mine uses around 1.2GB idle, but it never gets close to 4GB so that is sort of odd in your case. Also, disable indexing and remote desktop services.
Dumb question, but where? I've already disabled ReadyBoost, and Superfetch (on a hunch)

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go to Task Manager > processes and see what is using the most ram. Are you using the sidebar. Took pic from:
http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1616
I've attached a pic of my Task Manager, but that's at idle - with Windows using 1.5GB of 4. I do use the sidebar, it comes in handy for a lot of things, but doesn't use that much memory because I don't have that much running on it.

I'll try to get a better pic when it actually happens next time.



EDIT:

It happened again when I installed UT3 on my PC, but according to my Task Mgr, there wasn't anything taking up more than 95,000K of memory - which was explorer.exe. I tried to get a screenshot and post it, but I couldn't get it in time before my PC rebooted.
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Does anyone have any ideas about this? or have experienced it themselves????
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Has anyone been able to find out where the memory leak is within Windows Vista? I know there has to be one somewhere, because all my processes add up anywhere from 400MB to 800MB. I have 4GB of RAM in my PC, and when Idle, Vista uses about 1.2GB, and when active, can use anywhere from 50% to 100% of all 4 gigs.

I know there are similar issues all over the internet with Vista, I even disabled superfetch, and that actually helped a little - but not much.

Anyone have any ideas as to what I might look at or try - to get rid of this issue?
i noticed if you have 4 vs 2 they use diff. amounts 1.25 gigs vs 750mb's
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Go use your Performance Manager and look under memory. It tells you more information than task manager.
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Dumb question, but where? I've already disabled ReadyBoost, and Superfetch (on a hunch)



I've attached a pic of my Task Manager, but that's at idle - with Windows using 1.5GB of 4. I do use the sidebar, it comes in handy for a lot of things, but doesn't use that much memory because I don't have that much running on it.

I'll try to get a better pic when it actually happens next time.



EDIT:

It happened again when I installed UT3 on my PC, but according to my Task Mgr, there wasn't anything taking up more than 95,000K of memory - which was explorer.exe. I tried to get a screenshot and post it, but I couldn't get it in time before my PC rebooted.
well for starters you dont need itunes running at all times,or itunes helper only when your using it, also same with adobe cs2. those are programs that run in the background even if you arent using them. disable them in startup to only run when you want them too that will free up some memory. do that with everything you can think of that runs at startup. processes dont need to run unless you click them to run thats my thinking you just have way too many processes running i only have 50 running
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Go use your Performance Manager and look under memory. It tells you more information than task manager.
The last time it happened, I did look in there and it told me the exact same thing as Task Manager, nothing taking up more than 100 megs of RAM.

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Originally Posted by phillipjos View Post
i noticed if you have 4 vs 2 they use diff. amounts 1.25 gigs vs 750mb's
Hmmm, that's interesting. The reason I upg'd to 4GB is because at 2GB, vista was constantly maxing out the RAM. I don't quite understand it though.

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well for starters you dont need itunes running at all times,or itunes helper only when your using it, also same with adobe cs2. those are programs that run in the background even if you arent using them. disable them in startup to only run when you want them too that will free up some memory. do that with everything you can think of that runs at startup. processes dont need to run unless you click them to run thats my thinking you just have way too many processes running i only have 50 running
I'll go through the Startup processes and disable things so I have more free RAM. I'll post another screenshot next time it happens.

The last time this leak happened, I was installing World in Conflict, and as soon as I started the install, i watched my RAM usage climb from 25%, all the way up to 95% in about 5 seconds, but nothing in Task Mgr, Performance Manager, or Process Explorer showed anything taking up excessive amounts of RAM.
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