Damn this is getting out of hand. I remember when I first built my computer I was using maybe 100-110 megs or so on a boot with a few programs.
Now ive disabled just about everything and I'm using 170 megs right off the bat! This just doesn't make sense, someone explain why windows shows all processes adding up to maybe 50 megs while im using 170 megs of ram? Even with drivers and whatnot this is absurd.
Heres the pics of my task manager http://lbi.250free.com/ramgone.jpg http://lbi.250free.com/ramdiscrepency.jpg
The biggest descrpency in what you are showing here is
You've got a list of the processes (most of them being services) that are being loaded into memory - by my Calc - about 60MB or so.
And ya - you probably have a couple of megs 5MB or so of drivers running.
Whats not being seen in the list is the support DLL files that are needed to simply run basic Windows (irregardless of what other services or how clean the environment is). If you were to run Windows in Safe Mode - you'd find that you are still using far more memory that it appears in Task Manager.
XP is a Beast - between its GUI, its loading of DLLs for security, etc., and its inherent caching of Windows data into Memory (even if its not currently being run) builds up to a machine thats gonna use RAM.
Windows (XP especially) caches DLL and system files into RAM so that when you attempt to access one of the 'core' set of features, its responsive and fast (even on older machines). It does that by looking at your overall RAM and taking a percentage (even a large one) of that RAM for use of system caching...
If you were attempting to run XP on a 128MB or 256MB machine - you'd find that less of the OS would be cached.
Now - if anyone else has better info - please lets here it! - but to my understanding - there is very little that can be done about the system caching...
Hope that info helps clarify...
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