Tools to monitor memory usage in Windows 7
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Because resource management was horrible in the Windows 9x days, system crashes were inevitable. If you keptyour eye on the Resource Meter icon, you could literally watch the amount of system resources deplete as youworked. As you can see in
, the green bars would move down and change to yellow and then to red rightbefore the system crashed.
The evolution of a system crash caused by the depletion of system resources.
The Task Manager Performance tab
When you compare the Performance tab in Windows 7's Task Manager to the one in Vista, as shown in
,you'll notice a few changes in the statistics sections. First, in the Physical Memory section, you'll see that there isnow a measurement showing the amount of Available memory. While in Vista you can easily deduce the amountof available memory by subtracting the Total value from the Cached value, it is nice to be able to tell at a glance just how much physical memory is currently available to the system.
Comparing Vista's and 7's Performance tab, reveals a few slight, but noteworthy, changes.
Of course, the Total entry shows the amount of RAM installed in the system. The Cached entry indicates theamount of physical memory used recently for system resources. (This memory will remain in the cache in casethe system resources are needed again, but it's available should other operations need it.) The new Availableentry indicates the amount of physical memory that is currently not being used. The Free entry indicates theamount of memory being used in the cache that does not contain useful information.