Why is my PC’s ram usage over 90% the computer starts?

Ashu Ishu Kumar September 5, 2012
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My PC runs Windows Vista Business and I have 1 GB of RAM. My PC doesn’t have many start up programs, yet the RAM usage is over 90% when the computer starts. After 10 to 15 seconds RAM usage becomes normal. Is this okay?

  1. Alex Perkins
    September 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    You don't a lot of RAM. As windows starts up, so do al lot of processes and backround apps. As the OS gets itself sorted out these get put into "virtual RAM" on the hard drive. Therefore freeing up your physical RAM.

  2. fatihamzah
    September 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    1GB RAM is not enough i thought to run Windows Vista

  3. Usman Mubashir
    September 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Its OK I think considering !Gb RAM, Either get 2 or 3Gb more RAM (at least 1) or upgrade to windows 7 or 8 to get rid of this headache.

  4. lineuxman
    September 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    get rid of all that windows crap.. sounds like your old pc would benefit from using linux!!

    download linux mint 13 MATE or Cinnamon try them both see what you like best!! the layout is very similar to Windows!!

    burn a the iso's with imgburn set your bios to boot from the cd and you can try them out without affecting your computer.. you can even setup a dual boot with the installer..

    once you get the hang of linux you'll never go back to all that defragging and viruses believe!!

    there many free alternatives to your windows programs too..

  5. Boyd Yocum
    September 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I do agree 1gig is a small amount of ram, upgrading would be good. You also must look at if you bought it at a Walmart or best buy, they also install programs on their pc's that also affect start up because it preloads their stuff. Going through your services and disabling services that you don't need will help performance also. Although I only suggest the latter only if you are familiar with working with services.msc

  6. Zach
    September 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    2 reason:

    1.) You run Windows Vista
    2.) Your are most likely booting an excess number of start up programs.

    can be resolved here: http://www.lytebyte.com/2008/06/11/remove-unwanted-startup-programs-windows-vista/

  7. Harshit Jain
    September 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Remove unused startup programs by typing msconfig in start menu and then deselct the useless apps.

  8. GrrGrrr
    September 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    1GB RAM is to less to run Vista. such hiccups are very usual.

  9. Muhammad Ahmad
    September 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    yes it's ok. Because at the startup windows perform many a background tasks like checking for windows updates, checking for software updates and starting antivirus or other software services. You can check task scheduler to check the scheduled tasks.

  10. Rob Berry
    September 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    1GB of ram is relatively low, Coupled with a poor OS Vista business, Its a ticking timebomb,

    Get some more RAM (4GB max) and an Upgrade OS (Windows 7)

    If the laptop cannot handle it still, It may be time for a new laptop.

  11. Kao Vang
    September 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Time for an upgrade.. if you can. Nowadays laptops can be had for cheap.

    Other than that, it is normal. Sometimes my 'beast' of a computer still show the symptoms you mention as well. Just let it run it's course. As you said, after 10-15 secs, it's normal again.

  12. Oron
    September 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Yes, it's normal, but as others have said, 1GB is not really enough for Vista or Win 7. Upgrading to 2GB will make a world of difference, and if you can upgrade to 3GB you would benefit from that extra memory. RAM is relatively inexpensive today so this would be the best single way of improving your PC's performance.

  13. ha14
    September 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

    use some ram cleaners to reduce ram usage and if stays low then it means you had some process that were still there after uninstall and were eating memory.

    also you can make a new environment on desktop by stopping some process/service that you do not use so to gain more RAM; Have look at appbooster
    http://www.appsmaker.com/index-language=en.php.html
    in free version you can create only one profil

  14. MrXlover
    September 5, 2012 at 5:39 am

    You can disable unwanted start up software using Ccleaner and clean system from trash to speed up your PC

  15. Bruce Epper
    September 5, 2012 at 2:58 am

    With only 1GB of RAM running either Vista or Win7, this would be normal behavior. When the system is starting up all of the services and background processes, they all consume some RAM. As the system stabilizes, the lesser used items in RAM begin to be shuffled out to virtual memory. As this is happening, your available physical RAM begins to free up. This is what you are seeing. If you want to help things along, adding more physical RAM will do so and reduce the system's reliance on virtual memory improving overall system performance. You could also remove unnecessary startup items and stop services you are not using (and are not critical to the system's operation).

  16. Dalsan
    September 5, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Along with startup programs, there are services started at Windows startup. With only 1GB, it may be normal if it goes back down to normal usage, but you may want to reduce some of the services running in the background that are not necessary or wanted to speed the startup process a little, and get a little better performance overall. Also check if you have your antivirus setup to start scanning at startup or other software that can be delayed to after startup. If you don't wish to manually sort through the services to disable by typing services.msc in the search box in the start menu, you can use Tweaking.com Simple Performance Boost, or if you are a more advanced user, Tweaking.com Advanced System Tweaker as it lists the services and what it is used for with a simple way to disable and enable them, and other things to go through for getting better performance. Usually software that uses startup scans or updates will use up the memory a lot and quickly before the memory normalizes.

  17. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Check all the startup programs and disable the ones you do not require.

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