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I have a HP DV4-2126TX with Win7 OS. It has 2GB RAM.
However post startup and while idle , 50% of the RAM is occupied.
I tried disabling all the unwanted process at startup. Here is a list of what is running in startup:

Intel Common user Interface (3 processes)
Catalyst Control Centre
Alps pointing device driver
HP Quick Launch Buttons
HP Wireless assistant
Nero AG NeroCheck
Virtual Clone Drive
MalwareBytes Antimalware
IDT Audio
Java Platform Updater 2.0
Bluetooth Software

Previously my laptop would consume around 38% RAM when idle now it consumes 50% when idle. What should I do to get back the available RAM?

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I too have 2 gigs of RAM and 50% is always occupied, kill HP Quick launch assistant and Virtual Clone Drive and Java Updater. –  HackToHell Jul 16 '12 at 4:48

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Hate to break it to you, but this is normal. If you want to see what processes are consuming the RAM, feel free to take a look with task manager or resource manager, but there will not be much that you can do.

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For Windows 7, I'd recommend 4GB of RAM. Check if you have 2x1gb or 1x2gb and upgrade accordingly, it should cost $15-20

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