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explorer.exe has eaten all memory RRS feed

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  • Process C:\Windows\explorer.exe has eaten all memory and needs more. I see about 600 MBs in Task Manager. All processes use 72% totally of 8 GB RAM, but system is dead and it asks more memory. Before I have completed Search on drive partition using 'type:image' keyword to find all images. This window has been closed, but process still uses same memory and all system freezes. Windows 7x64 HP
    Saturday, March 9, 2019 4:31 PM

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  • Greetings!

    Did you try to restart your computer, or if nothing can move, force shutdown and restart by electrical way?
    Saturday, March 9, 2019 5:34 PM
  • Read Bad_Pooler_Caller posted earlier,follow the same steps for Virtual Memory/Page File adjustment.Also,some services use a lot of memory,reason being the OS isn't set to its defaults..1 area is to edit Windows services/Components (Add-remove) L.sub menu.The other,open cmd,type: services.msc  scroll thru,edit any set to Disable,double click on one,set to Auto or Manual start up..For specifics on explorer,open Administrator Tools/Event Viewer/System/Expand the trees one at a time,locate a error/warning/properties.See what the OS says...
    Monday, March 11, 2019 1:48 AM
  • Hi,

    To troubleshoot whether the issue is related to a third party service, please check the symptom in a clean boot environment.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929135/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows 

    If the issue still occurs, please download the process explorer from here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer, then view the Properties of explorer.exe and view the running Threads to confirm which service leads to memoty leak.

    Best regards,

    Yilia 


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    Monday, March 11, 2019 9:09 AM
  • Hi,

    Is there anything I can do for you?

    If you have any problems or concerns, please feel free to post here.

    Best regards,
    Yilia


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    Friday, March 15, 2019 4:03 AM