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    Vista Task Manager - Memory (Vista Ultimate)

    I realize that we are all fairly new to Vista and thus these questions are more difficult to find answers for at this time. Nevertheless I have a question about the "Memory" display in Vista's Task Manager. When I bootup the system and after it settles down, the Memory section shows about 465-525 megs of RAM. As I progress throughout the day, this figure increases constantly. What is bothering me is that the amount shown doesn't return to even close to the original at bootup even if I close down all running applications.

    For example, I've been on the system for about 5 hours now doing various things, e.g., browsing through some photos in the Photo Gallery, searching for items online, visiting various forums, etc. With no applications open the Memory item has risen to over a gig. I am experiencing no negative side-effects from this as my system has 2 gigs of RAM installed. But is what I am experiencing typical of others running Vista?
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    Re: Vista Task Manager - Memory (Vista Ultimate)

    XP, Win2k3, & Vista all keep things in memory even after you quit an application. That way if you reuse an application the OS does not have to load it from disk. In the mean time if the OS needs the memory it will release it and use it for something else.

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    Re: Vista Task Manager - Memory (Vista Ultimate)

    Joe,

    Yeh.... that's basic knowledge, at least for me..... what I am wanting to know is if the large AMOUNT of RAM being displayed in Vista's Task Manager is typical. With XP, that amount rarely went above 350 megs but in XP it also returned to a smaller amount when all applications were closed although never back to the original bootup size. To see amounts of 750 megs + and even over a gig of RAM I find a bit disconcerting. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Vista Task Manager - Memory (Vista Ultimate)

    I suspect that number is dependent on what applications YOU run. I don't know what or if there is a 'typical number'. I'm not running Vista yet. Just know I've read that memory management is much better with Vista than prior Microsoft OSes. Maybe DaveA will weigh in on his experience.

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    Re: Vista Task Manager - Memory (Vista Ultimate)

    BTW, I just checked the XP Task Manager and what you see on XP is Page File usage not real memory usage. So, on a 2 GB RAM machine I'd expect that the PF usage would be small unless you are editing some very large grahpics files.

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    Re: Vista Task Manager - Memory (Vista Ultimate)

    I have not checked the Memory usage much at all, in any OS. As I understand things and this includes Vista, once used, the system does NOT release it unless some program needs more than what is NOT in use.

    As someone stated earlier you just may reuse a program and it does NOT have go out get some, it already has most of what it needs. In earlier OS's some programs did NOT like to give up memory once it had even when the program was closed. That is why we had to do a lot rebooting to get some memory back. It appears that Vista can TAKE it away from a closed program a lot easier than it could in XP, 2K or 98.

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