How much RAM does your explore.exe use?

November 22, 2009 at 07:39:57
Specs: Win 7 Pro 64 bit, Intel Dual Core 3Gb

Looking at processes in task manager I notice that explorer.exe is using between 130 - 140mb. If I kill and restart this process it starts off at 11mb and then climbs back up to 140mb within a few minutes.

I know that some viruses disguise themselves as explorer.exe but I'm pretty sure this is not the case here.

Could someone please reply stating the memory usage of their explorer.exe please?

I'm using the retail version of windows 7 pro 64 bit.

Thank you.

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November 22, 2009 at 08:25:15

Mine uses around 12 to 13 Meg, increasing in size slightly as I open programs, decreasing in size back to 12 to 13 Meg as I close open programs. When I boot into Windows, it is around 11 Meg.

Some of your programs may not release RAM after they are terminated. This may be a design feature or design fault of those programs not releasing RAM.

You may also have a problem which is rare but happens sometimes and is called Memory Leak. If you have that problem, you must find which program(s) causing it.

Hope the above helps.



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November 22, 2009 at 09:42:41

I think I have found out what was causing this. I have been using the inbuilt feature that allows your desktop background to cycle through your "my pictures" folder. When I turned this off the ram utilisation of explorer reduced from 140mb to 57mb. Not as low as SuatCINI but better than nothing.


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November 24, 2009 at 11:09:57

Ram -- like money -- is there to be used. The problem with memory utilization becomes an issue only if you do not have enough to sustain your needs in the first place.

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November 24, 2009 at 12:19:33

I agree but there is no way explorer.exe should have been using so much memory. I read that there were some memory leaks in the release candidate and was afraid that they were still in the final release.

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November 24, 2009 at 13:45:10

Windows 7 handles memory far more efficiently than the earlier Windows versions did, but it still susceptible to roguish or badly coded applications when they run wild. As far as memory leaks, I'm not aware of any in Windows 7

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November 25, 2009 at 14:23:40

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November 25, 2009 at 19:33:05

*crickets* *crickets* *crickets* *crickets*...

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