Why is Windows using more memory over time?

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I’m currently using Windows 7 Pro, but my question applies to all versions of Windows. I have 4 GB of RAM on my office laptop and after a clean reboot with my basic always-on apps running (Outlook, Communicator, anti-virus, etc.). I have 2 GB free. After running normal apps (Word, Excel, Sequel Server Management Studio, etc.) throughout the workday and closing them, I will only have 1.5 GB of RAM free at the end of the day. Then, less each day after, forcing me to reboot every couple of days if I don’t want to be strapped for memory. This has been happening ever since I can remember. Now I can understand poorly managed apps not freeing up memory after use, but this will happen after using nothing other than Microsoft apps which one would think would have memory management under control? What gives? Any insight would be appreciated.

Memory management in any operating system is unimaginably complex. It’s either the stuff of nightmares or pure magic, depending on who’s talking about it.

From what you describe here, I actually don’t see a problem. That may sound weird, but I’ll talk through why I feel that way.

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Why does my computer continually reboot?

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Hi. My PC will not start. It continually reboots even when you try to start it in all the different modes. There is a flash of the sign-in screen and the flash of a blue screen, but it just keeps on rebooting. I’ve tried disconnecting the power supply for extended periods of time thinking that this reset it. I now have a new laptop computer, but all I want to do with the old PC is to get my music files from it and download it into the new laptop for my iTunes and iPod. Hope you can help.

There are a couple of different things that could be going on, but as you’re just trying to grab the data off of that PC, you have a few options.

The solution for this depends on the version of Windows that you have and from your description, I can’t tell what you’re running, so I’ll look at some of the most common solutions.

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Why Do So Many Tech Support Solutions Start with “Reboot” or “Turn It Off”?

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It seems like every time I call the tech support line for my software, operating system, or even my broadband connection, the first thing out of the technicians mouth is “reboot”. Or worse yet, “Turn the power off for a while.” What does that have to do anything? And why does it work?

It does seem like a bit of magic, doesn’t it? The computer’s acting up, you reboot it, and – poof – things are better again. At least for a while.

It gets even weirder when you achieve the same effect just by shutting it all down and pulling the power cord for a while.

A friend of mine provided a nice explanation for the power scenario, and I can speak a little bit to the magical mess that is software.

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