Windows 7 excessive RAM usage

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jdjb78

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My windows 7 64bit PC is using 45% of my 12gig of RAM. Any suggestions? I'm sure you'll need me to provide more information, I'll provide any information you need.
 

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The purpose of having RAM is to use it instead of relying on much slower hard drive virtual memory.

As long as the computer is running okay, don't worry about much RAM or CPU usage there is.

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Win7 is supposed to consume lots of RAM - repeatedly queried data is cached in memory to improve performance. It's better than having the RAM sit there doing nothing ;)
 
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Actually, that's what you want.

Windows uses whatever RAM it needs as well as any programs you are using. After that, what is left is used to anticipate what you might run next, cache, program stubs that you were using but remain in memory in case you start them again, and anything else it can possibly think of. After all, you have 12 Gigs of RAM.

The alternative is to clear the RAM so that programs take longer to start, have to constantly pull stuff from the hard drive, have to page programs to the hard drive, and no caches.

By the way, Windows will still use a swap file on the hard drive. Don't remove it. It allows Windows to move RAM around in 4K increments rather than 64K increments without the swap file.

I also have 12GB RAM. I a currently at 56% usage. Since my PC is running fine, and I know that Windows can instantly use the RAM it needs, I am not even slightly worried.
 
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