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#1 Ray Wiens

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 05:45 PM

Here is my system:

Windows Vista Ultimate - Service Pack 1.0
OS Version 6.0 (6001)
RAM - 2.00 GB
CPU - Intel® Core™2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
CPU Speed 2400 MHz
Number of Processors 2

Disk Drive - 600gb

I am also using a USB Thumb Drive with ReadyBoost with 4gb of memory.

I am running Desktop Maestro from PC Tools using the Performance tool. The RAM percentage never exceeds 50.

I am also running teh Vista Reliability and Performance Monitor showing the Memory statistics. The Used Physical Memory never exceeds 60%.

I thought that Vista tried to use as much physical memory as possible. Is there something I can do to use the physical memory more efficiently and speed up performance?

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:06 PM

Not using all your physical memory is good. I don't know where you heard that from, but if all your ram is being used, your computer will slow down.
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 09:28 PM

<<I thought that Vista tried to use as much physical memory as possible.>>

I think that you misinterpreted the fact that Vista can actually use more installed RAM on a system...than XP and preceding Windows versions.

XP can see/use a max of 4GB, while Vista has a max of 128GB (I believe) that it can accommodate.

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Edited by hamluis, 09 January 2009 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2009 - 10:48 PM

Not using all your RAM under normal conditions is a great thing, it means you have more than enough. XP and Vista can both use a great deal of memory. If you have 32-bit Windows, you're capped at 4GB, if you have 64-bit, you can use about 128GB, depending on which edition of Windows you're using.

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#5 Ray Wiens

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:46 PM

Thank you for all your help. I feel better now.




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