That's an oddball amount. Is that supposed to be 2047 mb ? (2 gb = 2048 mb - 1 mb for conventional memory).
"My desk is near where meetings are held and I like to switch from my account which has some stuff I'd rather not visitors and guests see so I switch to a more vanilla account "
( Update - I started making this post before your response 2 appeared. )
If you want to reduce memory use without having to change your habits or anything else otherwise...
Switch User to the vanilla account, then select Switch User again, select and Log off the other User, then select the vanilla account.
When you want to resume using your user account, Switch User to your user account, then select Switch User again, select and Log off the vainilla account, then select your user.
Other than that, there are lots of reasons why Windows may be using a lot of memory.
- If you look at a lot of picture files such as those made by a camera, if you have a lot of them minimized, that can use a huge amount of memory.
- Some programs are known to have bugs that cause the program to "pig out" on memory use (which will show up in Task Manager - click twice on the Mem Usage tab when you're viewing the Processes list) , or cause everything in Windows to run slower despite the fact they don't seem to be using much memory in Task Manager.
Two examples of the latter:
- The add on on for XP - Windows Search (Windows Desktop Search)
- Windows Media Player 10 and above have a feature Share My Media or similar that is disabled by default, but it you enable that it slows down Windows, especially XP.
- You could try looking here:
Start - Run - type: msconfig (click OK or press Enter), select the Startup tab. On many computers there are too many programs loading there that don't need to be running that are eating up memory.
See response 4 in this:
"Gateway / Gt5428"
Gateway GT5428 Desktop Computer
Chipset - Intel 945G
Video - Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Up to 224 MB Shared Video Memory
Add-in Card Slots
•One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
•One PCI Express ×1
•Two PCI conventional
Power Supply 300 watt
Usually you can change the amount of ram shared with the onboard video in the bios Setup.
Even if your onboard video is using the max 224 mb, you would still have a reasonable amount of memory available for Windows otherwise.
You could free up the shared memory used by the onboard video by installing any video card in the PCI-E X16 slot - as well as you having up to and including 224 mb more ram available for Windows and your video probably performing better, your memory will work better because sharing memory with the onboard video reduces the max bandwidth (max data transfer rate) the ram is otherwise capable of by as much as half of it - however there are not a lot of video cards out there that have a video chipset that will work fine and not damage your power supply when your computer has only a 300 watt power supply.