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After I turn on my computer, my RAM does this

It hangs at 95+%, making my computer very slow.


is normal.


What's weird is that if I run a MSE virus scan, RAM frees up randomly.

The vertical drops are when I run it. I only run it for 10 seconds, and then cancelled the scan for testing purposes.


There are no weird programs running or start-up programs.


Can someone figure out what is wrong, so the computer does Image 2, instead of Image 1?

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If your memory usage is high something is using memory. Adjust which programs are capable of being ran during the startup procedure. Use a image host that allows you display the image within your post itself. I hate having to going to those image hosting websites myself. 465 memory usage is not high...during the startup procedure. I see lots of programs you could disable to figure out which program is using a ton of memory. –  Ramhound Mar 8 '12 at 14:40
    
You provide a screenshot where Chrome is using over 200MB worth of memory. –  Ramhound Mar 8 '12 at 14:46
    
@Charlie - You only show some of your startup programs, and I see many, that I myself would disable. Read this article: howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/… –  Ramhound Mar 8 '12 at 15:03
    
@David Schwartz, in image response to chmod, there is practically no RAM available. Computer slows down immensely. –  mrcharlie Mar 8 '12 at 15:06
    
@Ramhound, I show all programs that are checked. –  mrcharlie Mar 8 '12 at 15:08
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Windows 7 will cache stuff in to ram, it is normal for your "free" RAM to be very low. Look at the "available" part. That is the amount of RAM you can use. This is pretty normal for Windows 7.

However, if your available RAM is low then look in the process tab and see which process is consuming the most RAM

You might want to try this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/69332/tracking-cpu-and-memory-usage-per-process try perfmon or process explorer

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Look at image 4. –  mrcharlie Mar 8 '12 at 15:19
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This looks perfectly normal. The memory is being used by the SuperFetch service because otherwise it would be wasted. If for some reason you'd prefer that memory not be used, remove it from the machine. It's not like if you use less RAM today you can use more tomorrow. Any RAM not used is opportunity to improve performance that is forever lost.

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I understand what superfetch does. The problem is seen in image 4. –  mrcharlie Mar 8 '12 at 15:18
    
I don't see any problem. What exactly is the problem? If it's performance, let's troubleshoot that and stop worrying about normal RAM usage by SuperFetch. –  David Schwartz Mar 8 '12 at 15:36
    
Windows doesn't count cached data in the Physical Memory Usage History graph. –  Louis Mar 8 '12 at 15:41
    
Ok, maybe I'm wrong, but once physical memory hits 95+%, performance of the computer get s incredibly slow. I thought they were related. –  mrcharlie Mar 8 '12 at 15:46
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@mrcharlie, I was actually pointing out to David Schwartz that the graph and SuperFetch are unrelated. There's nothing normal about image #4, and of course your computer will slow down when it starts using your disk drive for memory. –  Louis Mar 8 '12 at 15:51
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