By micah imomos ·
my system is 8g of ram .i am running windows 8 and on task manager it is showing 5.3g is available and 2.5 is in use.what is going on so out of 8g i am using 2.5...y is that

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i googled

by PurpleSkys In reply to CAN SOME EXPLAIN THIS

how ram works, there is a good list to read on how it works, but this one looked easy to understand

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It would also help if you said which version of 8 you where running

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to CAN SOME EXPLAIN THIS

The 32 Bit Version by it's very design can not address/use more than about 3.25 GIG of Total System RAM and that includes Video RAM.

Even then that 3.25 Gig is dependent on the Chip Set of the M'Board so it may be less than that figure.

Of course if you are running a 64 Bit Version of 8 then it can use all 8 Gig but depending on what is being used at the time it may not need all of what it has available. It's just like the CPU it can run at a Certain Top Speed but if the load isn't there it's not going to be running as fast as it can.

When Vista came about it showed what was available what was being used on all versions both the 32 & 64 Bit Versions and this was brought about because way too many people complained to Microsoft about their 32 Bit OS's that they had more than 4 Gig fitted but it wasn't being shown. In that case Microsoft changed the system and it lied to you implying that the fitted Ram was available for use and could be used when it couldn't.

So just because it shows you how much is present if you have a 32 Bit OS it most certainly can not all be used once you go above that Magic Figure that all 32 Bit OS's are limited to by their very design.


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Add Up the Numbers

by TheChas In reply to CAN SOME EXPLAIN THIS

If you add up your numbers and throw in some memory for your video, the numbers add up.

2.5 in use plus 5.3 available comes up to 7.8GB of usable RAM, add in 200 MB for your video, and you have your 8 GB of installed memory.

The key word in the details is "AVAILABLE". That is the amount of RAM that Windows is not using and is available for Windows or applications to use.

You NEVER want to use all of your system memory, (at least not for very long) or your system WILL crash and blue screen.

I just reviewed the memory details on my Windows 7 x64 system.

16 GB installed.
13 GB available.
3 GB in use.

I have a video card with 1 GB of RAM and do not need any system memory for video.

Your system is working and reporting memory usage as it should.


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Do you mean high memory usage?

by wrapper In reply to CAN SOME EXPLAIN THIS

Your question isn't specific enough. 2.5GB out of 8GB is normal for Windows 8 if that's what you're wondering about. If you mean the numbers don't add up, then Chas has already answered your question.

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Memory leaks


I don't understand the nuts and bolts of why it happens, but I have issues with some programs using memory, then when they aren't being actively used, they are still hogging the memory. When they are being used, they take memory and then more, and more, and more, until they've hogged it all. So you might want to monitor this to see if it happens most after running a particular application.

It was really bad with Windows NT, and I only see it rarely in the newer versions where it's usually attributed to sloppy programming in the application.

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Hope this helps...

by mikeadams1137 In reply to CAN SOME EXPLAIN THIS

Every Operating System requires a set amount of memory just to support itself. (OS Preservation).

I found a great article here

It shows you how to check your memory utilization in Windows 8. Find out what processes are taking up what amount of memory, then do a "sort by size", and list those processes here. The information will be good for the community, plug some of the services name into Google and see what they relate to.

Certain programs have "memory leaks" or flaws in coding that don't enable the memory to cycle correctly, so eventually...a very simple program can end up sapping all of your memory until the system crashes. This is what we want to make sure you don't have.

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