I have joined this forum in the hopes of finding an answer to a question I have had for years, but cannot seem to find a real answer on the internet anywhere. Though specifically an issue on a Windows Operating system, this pertains to all Windows operating systems, so I felt this was more appropriate here since it is specific to RAM. My question is:
A. Is there any method or program to move the "Available" (a.k.a. "Standby") Memory to "Free"?
B. If not, is there a method or program that can help prevent Windows from allocating memory to "Available"/"Standby"?
My office and I use a memory hogging drafting/modeling program called Revit. Revit will slow down or even freeze during certain tasks (such as upgrading a project) when the "Free" memory runs out, even if I have 10 GB of "Available" RAM. This is likely because Revit (and not just Revit, most other programs as well) search for "Free" memory before falling back on "Available"/"Standby" memory, if they fall back on it at all. This program, as well as the Windows OS itself, have a tendency of not releasing memory to "Free", but rather sending it to "Available"/"Standby" for future use, which is not helpful at all since there is absolutely no need for 10GB of "standby" memory. Restarting the program only releases 4GB to free, if I'm lucky, as this accumulation of "Standby" memory simply grows the longer the computer has been on. Even just on reboot, Windows 7 throws a whopping 4GB in "Standby"! I am not interested in run-of-the-mill "Memory Cleaner" programs, as these do not differentiate between Available and Free, and simply move, at most, 10MB from cached to Free; hardly a speck in 16GB of RAM. I am not concerned with Cached memory, or total memory, or kernel memory, or any memory other than the Free and Standby/Available.
Even if you just know of a program that provide a warning when "Free" memory runs low or a desktop or system tray widget that can gauge TRUE "Free" memory (not "Unused" Free+Standby memory), it would be helpful for the users in my office, since they are not Tech-Savvy enough to use the Task Manager / Resource Monitor. Please let me know of anything that can even remotely help with this issue, I appreciate any help I can get.
How do I stop Window's greedy hoarding of Memory in the "Standby" purgatory?
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Tired of rebooting several times a day,
Shawn van Boven