About a month ago, I reformatted my computer so I decided I may as well take the chance to upgrade from XP to Win7. So far, I haven't felt any major changes though I do like some small things such as the aero theme,"drag window to side to half maximise", etc. However, there has been something that irks me. For some reason, the amount of ram my computer uses slowly goes up over time. Eventually, I will end up with about 1.6-1.8GB/2GB ram usage when my computer is idle. Task Manager and Resource Monitor don't show any programs taking up abnormal amounts of ram and it just doesn't add up.
Here are the screenshots of the task manager and Resoure Monitor:
I googled this problem and I came across threads where people said Windows7 wasn't releasing the ram so commonly used programs can load faster. When a program requires more ram than available, then the computer would release it. However, when I reach an idle ram usage of about 1.5GB and I open something like VMware, Modern Warfare2 Multiplayer or even a 720p video, my ram will reach 98-100% usage and the computer will experience quite a bit of lag (the 720p video will start "jumping"). This lag isn't there when my computer's idle ram usage isn't so high.
The only way (that I know of) to release the ram is to restart the computer. Then the idle ram is at about 700-900MB/2GB
Edited by quantic, 16 April 2010 - 02:37 AM.