Following yesterday’s suggestion on Windows 7 memory usage optimization … I wanted to add a few more thoughts and parameters.
As I stated in the post, I was around 23% when I was writing the post.
Just past midnight, I started to wind down. I closed FireFox 3.6.2 (two instances) [FireFox yet again having hung a few minutes earlier]. My memory usage, per the desktop gadget, dropped to 11%. Call that 1.3GB.
So Windows 7 Professional … with no applications running … was using 1.3GB of physical memory. That seems fair. Hence my contention that you really need a minimum of 2GB to run Windows 7, realistically.
This would indicate that FireFox was also using around 1GB. Seems fair.
I just fired up Task Manager >> Resource Monitor … and am looking at my memory usage. Yes, yet again, as is the norm, I have two instances of FireFox 3.6.2 running … 13 open tabs.
It says I have 2.2GB in use. The gadget says 19%. That is pretty close. The the gadget is pretty accurate.
Says FireFox has 706.9MB committed. So the numbers kind of make sense. I have 1.7GB cached.
I just started up Word 2007. It only took 22MB! Pretty impressive.
So all of this confirms my initial contention. I am NOT seeing anything untoward when it comes to Windows 7 memory usage. It seems to be well behaved. But, now that I started checking … I will keep an eye and keep YOU posted. OK?
All the best. Good luck.