Need help reducing memory usage (Vista Professional)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by John Raser, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. John Raser

    John Raser Guest

    My PC is hogging memory; the "Health Report" says to increase physical
    memory. My PC already has 1Gb of physical memory, so I hardly think it needs
    that. I have set visual settings to improve performance (set to Classic
    theme, reduced resolution to 16 bit...or is it colors?) and still I get the
    warning that the visual settings have to be adjusted to optimize
    performance. My gadget memory monitor is almost always up in the 80% range.
    Are there any suggestions out there as to how to reduce memory usage? Any
    help would be greatly appreciated.
     
    John Raser, Jul 31, 2010
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    Robert Miles Guest

    My two 64-bit computers are at 8 GB, and still show signs or needing
    more memory. My 32-bit computer is at 4 GB, and also shows signs
    of needing more memory.

    I've read that this can be the results of incorrect settings of the
    registry values controlling the SuperFetch feature of Vista, but
    I haven't been able to find enough information on what registry
    values and what alternate values to correct them.

    What I've found so far:

    http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2006/09/why-does-vista-use-all-my-memory.html

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2008/04/07/3031251.aspx

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/...-vista-superfetch-readyboost.aspx?PageIndex=2

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com...e/thread/d1a3f7f1-b0d9-434f-a603-fedd1c0308d8

    Robert Miles
     
    Robert Miles, Jul 31, 2010
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  3. John Raser

    John Raser Guest

    Thank you for the web references. Though they are more technical than I can
    understand (I had to skim parts) they explained the cause of the problem. I
    have adjusted Performance Options; overall performance is improved (though
    at the expense of visual effects). I am experimenting with the processor
    scheduling "just to see." As a general comment, registry information might
    be hard to come by simply because of the rapidity of the replacement of old
    information with new (like the way past versions of Windows are no longer
    updated).
    John
     
    John Raser, Jul 31, 2010
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  4. John Raser

    John Raser Guest

    There's a lot of files in temp; just delete them? Same with cache; what I
    found was music files; delete them? There must be several caches, only
    search found music files.
    John
     
    John Raser, Aug 1, 2010
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  5. John Raser

    John Raser Guest

    Eric,
    I've noticed that a lot of downloadable utilities are really things I can do
    myself if I know how to use my computer. I'll try the *.tmp business you
    suggested. Thanks.
    John
     
    John Raser, Aug 2, 2010
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  6. John Raser

    John Raser Guest

    Addendum: *.tmp produces many Template files and folders; I don't think I
    want to delete them. I used Disk Cleanup and Defrag (which are usual
    maintenance tasks, since I don't leave my PC "on" all the time).
    John
     
    John Raser, Aug 2, 2010
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