Solved Ram issue

August 13, 2011 at 04:11:27
Specs: Windows XP
Hello...need some help please !PC using 540MB RAM before I do anthing and thats out of 1GB total. Anyone care to explain why???

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August 13, 2011 at 05:36:08
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What's unusual about that? When you first boot up, windows loads all kinds of programs depending on how you have it configured. I would first run msconfig and uncheck all items that don't have to start up like instant message programs, printers,camera software etc. You should also consider installing more ram if possible. 1 gig doesn't usually cut it. I would suggest you use at least 2 gigs. To access msconfig, click the start button and choose run. type in msconfig and when it comes up, click the startup tab. Uncheck anything that's not necessary.

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August 13, 2011 at 06:02:02
Sounds normal.
There is a common misconception that Windows uses some fixed amount of RAM at bootup and applications are then left to fight over what remains. This is not correct. Not even close.

Windows memory manager is always in control of RAM usage, the goal always to maximize performance, not minimize usage. At bootup system processes will be consuming considerable memory but that is only because there is currently no better use for it. When applications are run the memory manager will redistribute memory usage as necessary. I have seen this happen many times.

I see no cause for concern.

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August 13, 2011 at 07:20:57
Many thanks.

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