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So I have been having this problem for over a year, if anyone can help me solve this I would be forever grateful. Seriously.

Upon using my laptop (8Gb of physical memory) for a long time eventually it stops working because it runs out of memory and I get all sorts of memory related errors. This is without turning it off by the way. The Percentage used according to task manager has never changed and that has always confused me, however studying virtual memory recently, I realised I have a total of 32Gb by looking at "Commited" Memory. I am having this memory issue now as we speak and have closed everything to type this. I have a commited memory usage of 30.2/31.9Gb which if I am correct is how much space the processes have "reserved" to be able to run.

Upon opening resource monitor and looking at the Commit (KB) column and summing up all the values there, it comes up to around only 6Gb so I cannot work out what the offendor is. Is there some application with some memory leak or something? I have no idea what is going on. I will post some screenshots below and feel free to ask for any cause I am not sure where to start.

Memory usage task manager:

Memory usage task manager

Resource manager sorted by commit:

Resource manager sorted by commit

So I have downloaded RamMap and these are the values I am getting. None of this seems to add up to the 30Gb however, what should I be looking for?

RamMap usage

Memory private workign space

  • See in Task Manager the column "Memory (Private working set)" (link). – harrymc Nov 22 '19 at 8:16
  • He’s not really running out of physical memory though, so the working set isn’t all that relevant. Maybe try RAMMap. – Daniel B Nov 22 '19 at 8:45
  • @DanielB I have appended the RamMap results to my post, although I'm not sure really what is is telling me and it doesn't seem like anything is using anything close to 30Gb – NightShade Nov 22 '19 at 10:04
  • @harrymc as Daniel has pointed out physical isn't really the problem here. I can use the same applications for days and the commited memory will still go up while the physical stays constant. (Infact physical is at 60% right now) – NightShade Nov 22 '19 at 10:05
  • It would still be useful to add "Memory (Private working set)" to the Task manager screenshot. – harrymc Nov 22 '19 at 10:16
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So I tried a lot of the different programs and none of them actually showed me the commited memory increasing BY process.

In the end, I went into task manager, and the "Startup" tab and disabled EVERYTHING that wasn't necessary making a note of what I disabled so I could turn on if I needed again. Turns out this did it, I'm not sure what the offending process was, but I no longer have a memory leak because of it

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