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  • Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

    I noticed really bad performance while playing my games. When i got off and look at my Performance levels in the Ctrl-Alt-Del menu, i found that i had 7 gigs of my RAM being used. Vista had 2.5 gigs cached, so the 4.5 gigs were unaccounted for.

    I went into processes and found that i have a svchost.exe process that is eating the 4 gigs all by itself.

    Restarting my computer frees this RAM up. But it slowly but surely takes the ram all to it's self. (After 5 minutes it's at .5 gigs and it keeps growing up to 4.5)

    What should i do, should i end the process or post a list of services that the thing runs.
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    Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

    You should perhaps do a Windows Repair.

    "svchost" is one of the main Windows processes. If you end it, then you won't be able to continue using Windows (usually causes a hangup if ended).
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    • #3
      Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

      Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
      You should perhaps do a Windows Repair.

      "svchost" is one of the main Windows processes. If you end it, then you won't be able to continue using Windows (usually causes a hangup if ended).
      Yes i know of this, as a test, i ended the process. The services that were under it still functioned, and i could use Vista like normal. I'll look into a vista repair.
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      • #4
        Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

        That amount of ram may be a bit misleading.

        What you see is what memory has been reserved. It doesn't mean it is actually being used.

        Reserved just means that those services has needed this memory in the past so the OS thinks it might need it in the future. If another application needs the memory, and the reserved memory is not actually being used, the OS will release it.
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        • #5
          Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

          http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...is-it-running/

          Process Explorer can show what service DLLs are associated with a given invocation of svchost.exe.
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          • #6
            Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

            I'll post pictures when it gets to the point im talking about.

            These process take the RAM and use for themselves. They do not free it when i need it and they just keep taking small amounts.

            EDIT: got the pics
            See the deficit between Cached and Free.


            This is caused by a single process.


            These are the services that are associated with this particular scvhost.exe.


            I'll be trying a Repair on this to see what happens.
            Last edited by Sir-Nerd; 01-17-2009, 02:31 PM.
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            • #7
              Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

              Got virus protection?

              That's not a native vista feature

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              • #8
                Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                I have AVG, what do you suspect is not part of vista.
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                • #9
                  Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                  Originally posted by Sir-Nerd View Post
                  I have AVG, what do you suspect is not part of vista.
                  Looks like a virus infection.

                  Did you do a virus scan yet (on your entire hard drive)?

                  If AVG is coming up clean, try a different program (like NOD32, Avira, or AVAST).

                  Originally posted by ZaBoo
                  Got virus protection?

                  That's not a native vista feature
                  He's saying that anti-virus software doesn't come with Vista.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                    News report, i ran Project reality, and when i loaded a map, the svchost process dumped some of it's memory. It's usage went from 3 to 1 gigs. Also, when i tried ending the process, 5 minutes later it popped up and kept running >.<.

                    I download AVAST and now running a thorough scan along with AVG, i'll report with result after im done.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                      I am pretty sure those are all real services.

                      Found this for you

                      http://windowsitpro.com/article/arti...ce-pack-1.html
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                      • #12
                        Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                        So this is causing a memory leak by creating excess programs.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                          Originally posted by Sir-Nerd View Post
                          I download AVAST and now running a thorough scan along with AVG, i'll report with result after im done.
                          Never run two AV programs side-by-side. They'll either cause each other to function improperly or just let every darn malware and bug slip through.

                          Run and have installed one or the either, not both.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                            Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                            Never run two AV programs side-by-side. They'll either cause each other to function improperly or just let every darn malware and bug slip through.

                            Run and have installed one or the either, not both.
                            I ran AVG twice without AVAST, i'll be running AVAST overnight. No dice, i'll post if anything else comes up.

                            BTW, how many installs on the same computer does a Vista OEM disk have on it. I'm thinking of doing a fresh install of Vista and running bare bones.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Vista services chewing up 4-5 gigs of RAM

                              Try the Windows Repair before you do a fresh install.

                              As for "install". I don't think there's a limit anymore since each Vista copy is restricted and tied to the first mobo it is installed on.
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