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I have a HP DV4-2126TX with Win7 OS. It has 2GB RAM.
After startup and while idle 50% of the RAM is in use. I tried disabling all the unwanted process at startup but the problem persists. 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
  • hpWuSchd
  • HP Wireless assistant
  • Nero AG NeroCheck
  • Virtual Clone Drive
  • MalwareBytes Antimalware
  • IDT Audio
  • MSE
  • Java Platform Updater 2.0
  • Bluetooth Software
  • Rainmeter

Previously my laptop would consume around 38% RAM when idle but 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
Also note that Win7 does have a lot of services running, those all add up with their RAM usage. – Chris O Nov 25 '14 at 15:00
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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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