Windows 10: Releasing Standby memory

Discus and support Releasing Standby memory in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; Windows 10 Pro, 32GB memory, 970 GTX GPU. Ordinary boring, but previously very capable desktop. I'm running a couple Adobe tools. Needless to say,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by GracieAllen, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. Releasing Standby memory


    Windows 10 Pro, 32GB memory, 970 GTX GPU. Ordinary boring, but previously very capable desktop.

    I'm running a couple Adobe tools. Needless to say, they are total pigs. And it appears they've gotten WORSE in the current version. When the Adobe products are up and running, everything on the system has major lag.

    When I looked at the resource monitor, of 32GB of memory, something over 15GB is reserved for "Standby Memory" and the system shows around 97MB (yes, MB) available. And the Standby Memory STAYS at over 15GB whether Any of the Adobe products are running or not...

    I don't REMEMBER ever seeing this in previous versions of Windows 10.

    In the Resource Monitor I can sometimes see the system churning the pagefile.

    There apparently used to be something called RamMAP that was downloaded from MS to force the system to free Standby Memory, but it doesn't appear to work any more...

    Do I have a memory issue, and if so, do I need more page file? Less page file? Let the system manage the page file? Do I need to somehow make Windows 10 release a bunch of that Standby memory? If so, how?

    :)
     
    GracieAllen, Jan 19, 2020
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  2. srrese Win User

    standby memory not releasing

    Windows 10 ver 1903 standby memory not releasing, have to use Rammap all the time. All drivers are up to date, no malware or virus, any thoughts?
     
    srrese, Jan 20, 2020
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  3. Windows 10 not releasing standby memory when required.

    A restart does indeed free the standby memory. It quickly climbs to about 2.5GB (most being mapped files) when I open my standard programs.

    So I did 3 tests..

    1. While running Overwatch, loaded as many programs/webrowser tabs as I could to get Zero + Free close to 0 MBytes. The standby memory stayed very close to the same size (checked this by refreshing RAMMap a number of times during the testing period). Opened
    one more small memory footprint program to see if the standby memory would free but instead had errors with programs not being able to allocate memory. Taskmgr showed that is was only using 9.7GB at the time.

    Restarted.

    2. Ran Overwatch for a bit, closed it down. According to Taskmgr->Details Overwatch was no longer running. RAMMap showed the large overwatch files in standby memory which at the time I would expect it to as I still had over 6GB Free (according to RAMMap). Again
    opened programs to get to close to 0 Free/Zero MBytes, refreshed RAMMap but standby memory stayed. Opened the last program and same error.

    Restarted

    3. Same as other tests but DIDN'T run Overwatch. Standby memory (2.5GB) Same problem again.

    I didn't get to see in the first test but did in the last two was that when windows gives the low/no memory error it then starts to release the standby memory, but it's too slow and memory allocation fails. So it's not that the standby memory won't release,
    just that it's too slow to be useful. This seems like Windows isn't managing the memory properly.
     
    WallyWalrick, Jan 20, 2020
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  4. Markus Win User

    Releasing Standby memory

    Free Standby Memory without a Reboot

    You can use RAMMap v1.5 (RAMMap - Windows Sysinternals)

    1. Download RamMap from Microsoft Windows Sysinternals.
    2. Run RamMap (installation is not required).
    3. Wait until UseCounts shows the memory map.
    4. On the Menu Strip, indentify the Empty menu item. Click on it and choose Empty
    5. Standby List from the dropdown menu. Press F5 to
      update the Use Counts tab or check the memory tab on the Windows
      Resource Monitor to check that the Standby Memory has been released.

    Source: https://support.software.dell.com/appassure/kb/118393
     
    Markus, Jan 20, 2020
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