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Is this normal for Home Premium?

Also how can you tell if you have service pack one?
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With all the Areo and goodies enabled, that happens.

With 3 users logged onto my computer, I usually hit 1.5GB without many apps running (iTunes, iexplorer, notepad). (XP)
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Yes this is normal, Vista uses RAM in idle for pre-caching so your programs will open faster, if you open a RAM intensive program (like a game), Vista will free up RAM for the that program so its all set. The more RAM in your system, the more Vista uses while idle, I have 4GB and Vista uses a little over 1GB on idle for me.

To see if you have SP1, go to start, right click computer, properties, and on that window, under Windows Edition it will say Service Pack 1 if you have it.
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Vista does use more memory then XP but if it is idle I wouldn't worry since your not using the memory anyway. Its probably due to Superfetch.
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SuperFetch is a technology that pre-loads commonly used applications into the memory to reduce their load times. It's based on the "prefetcher" function in Windows XP. [7]

The intent is to improve performance in situations where running an anti-virus scan or back-up utility would result in otherwise recently-used information being paged out to disk, or disposed from in-memory caches, resulting in lengthy delays when a user comes back to their computer after a period of non-use.

SuperFetch also keeps track of what times of day that applications are used, which allows it to intelligently pre-load information that is expected to be used in the near future.

By default the necessary files are loaded into main memory but Windows Vista can use alternate storage such as USB flash drives, thereby freeing up main memory. Although hard disks usually have higher data transfer rates, flash drives can be faster for small files or non-sequential I/O because of their short random seek times.
IIRC you can tell if you have SP1 by looking at the Windows version in My Computer
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Hey I just checked mine... Vista Ultimate x64 uses 646MB at idle. I only have AVG running in the background. That extra 2GB I have coming is going to come in handy!
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its doing its thing......


this is mine idle......
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I win iam using 1.6G with only a few things open.

Edited by Lemondrips - 6/19/08 at 12:52pm
    
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Just ordered more ram. Knew 2 gigs prolly wasn't going to cover it, good thing its so cheap now.

I knew XP showed SP in system so I checked there before posting but it doesnt show Edition there anywhere. Whatever, downloading from microsoft site now, guess I'll find out when I try the install.

Edited by Malisk - 6/19/08 at 1:00pm
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