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  • I have an HP Pavilion AMD Athlon II X4 635 @ 2.90GHz, 6GB RAM. I have in the range of 80-90 processes running all the time, and I have no idea what they are. Also my physical memory seems to stay between 50-70% and still, no idea why. If you could take a look and see what the issue is I would be grateful, thanks!

    • Changed type Arthur Xie Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:40 AM
    Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:28 PM

Answers

  • First let me say theres not really a problem here, you just have a lot of applications running at once.

    Your big hogs are....

    Steam (used for games)

    Pidgin (chat service)

    Chrome (web browser)

    Skype (chat service)

    Malwarebytes (virus scanner)

    between all these you have about 1.7 GB of RAM being taken up.

    Windows uses about 20-30% of your ram anyways and since you have 6GB of ram lets say windows takes 2GB of this.  then you have all these programs running which is another ~2GB so theres your 60% of ram being taken up right there. 

    To free up some space, if you aren't using Steam or Skype or Pidgin then close it.  Or if you have multiple tabs open on Chrome then close a few of these.

    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Thursday, April 5, 2012 6:09 PM
  • Try performing a Clean Boot (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135/en-us) and let it sit for a few hours without launching the applications Ang101 mentioned above just to see how the system behaves.
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Thursday, April 5, 2012 6:42 PM
  • Hi,

    Since so many progresses are running in same time, please perform clean boot and check it again.

    How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

    Meantime, you’d better scan your system and remove malware in time.

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/security-essentials

    I suggest you contact HP support for assistance.

    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:51 AM
  • If you want to reduce the number of processes running at all times you should uninstall any unused programs and tools. Then take a look at systinernals tool "Autoruns" to see which programs are creating startup entries and running in the back ground from bootup: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:46 PM

All replies

  • First let me say theres not really a problem here, you just have a lot of applications running at once.

    Your big hogs are....

    Steam (used for games)

    Pidgin (chat service)

    Chrome (web browser)

    Skype (chat service)

    Malwarebytes (virus scanner)

    between all these you have about 1.7 GB of RAM being taken up.

    Windows uses about 20-30% of your ram anyways and since you have 6GB of ram lets say windows takes 2GB of this.  then you have all these programs running which is another ~2GB so theres your 60% of ram being taken up right there. 

    To free up some space, if you aren't using Steam or Skype or Pidgin then close it.  Or if you have multiple tabs open on Chrome then close a few of these.

    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Thursday, April 5, 2012 6:09 PM
  • Try performing a Clean Boot (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135/en-us) and let it sit for a few hours without launching the applications Ang101 mentioned above just to see how the system behaves.
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Thursday, April 5, 2012 6:42 PM
  • Hi,

    Since so many progresses are running in same time, please perform clean boot and check it again.

    How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

    Meantime, you’d better scan your system and remove malware in time.

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/security-essentials

    I suggest you contact HP support for assistance.

    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:51 AM
  • If you want to reduce the number of processes running at all times you should uninstall any unused programs and tools. Then take a look at systinernals tool "Autoruns" to see which programs are creating startup entries and running in the back ground from bootup: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, May 4, 2012 7:02 AM
    Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:46 PM