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I have an i5 12gb RAM Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit machine and I recently had to kill several processes because it ran out of 'Free Memory'...however there was still 7.5gb in 'Standby' Memory.

I didn't have that much open (Outlook, VS2010, SQL Server) but not really running any of them. Iwas typing an email and it just stopped.

I killed VS and SQL Server and then it slowly question is if I have nearly 8gb of Standby memory not being used why does it run out of memory and die and can I somehow adjust the amount of memory


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one cause could be wrongly configured pagefile – kaykay Apr 7 '11 at 4:05

1 possibility, Poorly coded programs may not release memory when it is needed by other processes, or the program has a memory leak.

Open a run box and type in resmon , then go to the memory tab, see what is using all the memory.

You can also install and run RAMMap it gives a better display than resmon and has much more information to help solve the problem.

Some insight on how to use RAMMap

Also check your pagefile size.

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Ahhhh I'd forgotten this little gem. Comes in handy! – enderland Oct 30 '13 at 21:00

There are some prudent things you can try to see if it will help:

But you're not running that much, so I think that Moab may be onto something where there may be some poorly coded programs.

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In my opinion, it is probably the absence of a page file. I have been having the same problem since I have disabled the page file on my workstation. I have 32GB of RAM, and after two or three days without a reboot, my standby memory usage is up to 29 GB, and my system starts grinding to a halt. It seems Windows x64 does not always gracefully release the standby memory.

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