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So I pulled up my Task Manager today, and found that out of my 16GB of RAM, 14.5GB was "in-use".

Naturally, I switch to the Processes tab, click "show processes by all users", and sort by Working Set - only to find that all the processes listed in Task Manager together only use up ~3GB of RAM. I've also tried Process Explorer, which doesn't give me any new information.

So what's eating up almost 11GB of RAM?

I found one tool - RAMMap - which tells me that 11GB of ram is being used by "Paged Pool". What is this used for? And how can I find out what caused it to spike up so high and stay high?

Paged Pool

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Try killing programs and see when it dives? –  soandos Feb 27 '12 at 6:23
    
I found this link on troubleshooting the paged pool memory hope it helps blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2009/03/26/… it sounds liek it may be a device driver of some sort –  Mark S. Feb 27 '12 at 13:51

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Best way to see which process is eating up ram is to click on Processes tab on your Task manager.
Add a new column to it (View -> Select columns) called Working Set (Memory).

Now sort processes using this column, and you will see which process is taking up this much memory.
Should you find a process, but don't know what it is - post it here and we'll help you out.

Edit:
I just saw I failed to answer to your post properly. You will need to select a column Commit Size.
This will tell you the amount of virtual memory reserved for use by a process.
It is not currently being used, so you can not see it in working set, but it is still taken away from the pool of free resources.

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Any luck with this? –  extremko Mar 16 '12 at 9:26
    
It's been more than 2 months now. Care to post results? –  extremko May 4 '12 at 12:34
    
@FrankieA - I guess I need to include your nick in order for you to receive a message. Question answered? :) –  extremko May 15 '13 at 9:33

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