Windows 7 eats memory

A performance expert claims that Windows 7 PCs max out their memory, resulting in performance bottlenecks. (Xpnet) chief technology officer,  Craig Barth said that new figures show  an unsettling trend. 

On average, per cent  of Windows 7 machines in the XPnet pool are regularly consuming 90-95 per cent of their available RAM, resulting in slow-downs as the systems were forced to increasingly turn to disk-based virtual memory to handle tasks.

The 86 per cent mark for Windows 7 is more than twice the average number of Windows XP machines that run at the memory “saturation” point, said Barth. 

The most recent snapshot of XPnet’s 23,000-plus PCs show that only 40 percent of XP systems run low on memory.

Obviously with their memory flat out the machines are not performing that well. But according to Barth the low-memory condition of most Windows 7 PCs is even more notable considering the amount of RAM in Windows 7 systems.

Windows 7 PCs have  an average of 3.3GB of memory, compared to 1.7GB in the average Windows XP computer. 

It is not clear if the memory usage is being eaten up by the operating system itself, or users maxing out their computers with more software.