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My mem usage has gone up last few weeks, cant figure out why. the programs in task manager dont equal up to 60 percent ram usage, typically i used to idle around 33, always.

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Start tweaking! Disable services you don't need, and all that normal stuff you should do to get peak performance out of your OS.

And also, Vista has a pre-fetch feature, and that might indeed increase RAM usage (resulting in better performance over time).

You've got RAM, so why not use it? when you launch a RAM intensive application, Vista will release RAM for it, so you don't get a real performance hit. Vista just uses RAM when other programs leave it alone.
    
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Your Torrenting is taking up a large chunk of it.... svchost.exe and task manager shouldn't be that high up on the list though... have you been keeping up with your virus/spyware scans?
    
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It's the Azureus. That's a bittorrent client. It uses a LOT of resources. Are you even running bittorent or has it just started by itself? It'll also raise the svchost as it runs. I'd use uTorrent myself. Uses much less resources. Not Java based like Azureus. Good luck.
    
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Your desktop can almost be a stability test on startup lol
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Your Torrenting is taking up a large chunk of it.... svchost.exe and task manager shouldn't be that high up on the list though... have you been keeping up with your virus/spyware scans?
Honestly dude, don't listen to all the crap that the AV companies are feeding you.

Do you not see how many processes his taskman is monitoring? For each process, taskman requires a certain amount of ram.

And torrenting ALWAYS takes up a huge chunk of ram. Torrent programs use ram to cache all uploads and downloads. If a client requests 10MB of a file from his computer, that 10MB is cached into RAM. If he is downloading 20 things at once, there is no way his hard drive is going to keep up with the immense amount of random writes. Therefore the downloads are cached into ram as they are written to disk. If they weren't cached, his computer would lock up while waiting on the hard drive.
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thanks for all the quick replies. My thing is that when u add up all that ram usage from task manager, the MB for each, it comes nowhere near the total usage. 60 percent would be over a gig. and theres much less than that all told.

is there any ram thats used and task manager doesnt account for it?
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thanks for all the quick replies. My thing is that when u add up all that ram usage from task manager, the MB for each, it comes nowhere near the total usage. 60 percent would be over a gig. and theres much less than that all told.

is there any ram thats used and task manager doesnt account for it?
Of course... there is this little program called Vista that uses a bit also.

And then the pre-fetching feature that takes up a good amount of RAM, but that only improves performance, since applications will respond faster.

I would not worry too much about it. Again, when launching a heavily RAM dependend program, Vista will release RAM that it's using for pre-fetching and other stuff. What's so wrong with Vista using RAM that's otherwise unused?
    
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use uTorrent for torrents. Very small memory usage.
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Of course... there is this little program called Vista that uses a bit also.

And then the pre-fetching feature that takes up a good amount of RAM, but that only improves performance, since applications will respond faster.

I would not worry too much about it. Again, when launching a heavily RAM dependend program, Vista will release RAM that it's using for pre-fetching and other stuff. What's so wrong with Vista using RAM that's otherwise unused?
I agree 100%. Plus he has indexing and over 100 other services running in the background. By the way Chozart. I loved your tip the other day about front to back ventilation. I'd +rep you if I could
    
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