The Gangrel wrote:
Also, I'm late to the bandwagon with Win 7, but my 64 bit Professional version seems to be using 1.2GB of 8GB total ram sitting there doing nothing (haven't installed anything yet). This seems absurd, is there any way to reduce ram usage?.
I just installed the same version, and after installing firewall, AV and everything else I consider necessary, and changed all settings the way I wanted, it used 470 MB and 36 processes.
But I can't see why yours uses 1200 MB, that's insane if you haven't installed anything.
Now before some someone says "RAM is supposed to be used, unused RAM doesn't give you anything, RAM is cheap blabla", let me say this:
RAM usage isn't the issue primarily, but it's an indication of programs and processes running in the background that makes the computer less responsive.
For the same reason, people do clean installs on new computers.
I've seen new laptops having 90 processes from the start, now that's retarded. All those utilities and help functions only makes the computer slower, and usually replaces functions that you either don't need, or are already present in Windows. That computer didn't work with WLAN, and I couldn't install a bluetooth device, until I did a reinstall.
1 - Open task monitor and check the number of processes running in the lower left corner. Anything over 45 is abnormal if you really haven't installed ANYTHING.
2 - Open start menu and type msconfig and then enter. Open the Autostart tab. How many programs are listed?
3 - Did you perform a clean install, or did you upgrade, leaving all programs from your old installation?