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RAM gradually increasing then PC dies


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a) get HijackThis from www.trendmicro.com, run it, view the log, and post the contents here

B) get Process Explorer from www.sysinternals.com, run it, Ctrl+D (to show the lower DLL pane), select the µTorrent process from the list, Ctrl+S (and save the list somewhere you'll find easily -- like the Desktop), then post the contents of the saved process list in the .txt file here

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OK. Before I do that from what I see in the resource monitor (Win7 64bit btw) there about a dozen svchost.exe services running that seem to be using most of the memory and when I close uTorrent the svchost.exe processes gradually disappear. uTorrent.exe itself doesn't seem to be consuming any extraordinary amount of memory.

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OK. I think I solved the issue. First I decided to set my own cache size - it did seem to slow down a bit the RAM buildup, but RAM was still building up. So then I Disabled Windows caching of disk writes & reads and it immediately freed up RAM and there is no buildup anymore. From what I see now is that there was a lot Standby memory with the old settings. Thanks for your help Ultima!

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Thanks for the kind words!

Would it be too much if I ask what are the "mechanics" behind the Windows caching - what it is, how it works? I tried searching but all I find are threads that pretty much experience my problem and the solution to them - to disable the cache. What exactly is this Windows cache and why does it build up?

Also, on a side note if anyone comes across this thread - I've set back uTorrent to automatically set cache size - it has no effect in my situation.

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The Windows system cache is intended to be a system-wide cache for stuff.

The issue is, I believe, that Windows thinks it can't write stuff to disk fast enough, so what it does (in a stupid fashion) is that it starts paging other programs to disk to have more memory available for caching... but that's a really, really stupid thing to do.

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