Windows Vista to use 800MB RAM?

Posted on Thursday, March 09 2006 @ 2:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Inquirer reports a source who is running Microsoft's internal beta version 2 of Windows Vista 53xx says the operating system uses as much as 800MB of the system memory, even while idling.
Memory manufacturers couldn't be happier about that, as it will make people to go out and buy more memory. Our source reported that Vista runs ok with 1024Mb of system memory but no-doubt 2048Mb would be much better.

Vista won't install on FAT32 partitions, it only likes NTFS partitions. We also know that the system performs quite well on an Athlon 4000+ and a Geforce 7800 GTX 512 works just fine in the mix. Aero glass looks good, we liked it when we first clapped eyes on Beta 1 version.
/blockquote> Windows Vista also uses more disk space than Windows XP. It will require approximately seven gigabytes.

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Re: Windows Vista to use 800MB RAM?
by Anonymous on Thursday, March 09 2006 @ 3:17 CET
i'm using Vista 5308 right now as my main desktop.
I have 512MB of ram
It idles at around 500MB after a clean boot of the Ultimate edition.
its currently using ~900MB, i've had it as high as 1.3GB with just 'normal' applications open.
They've optimised the Virtual memory ALOT, allthough a few components still eat the CPU cycles up, The Virtual memory management is great, most applications dont need to have fast acess to the memory they use, so vista throws it into the virtual memory.. (eg. alltho i'm using 900Meg of Memory, theres still 180MB of 512MB available, the other 500MB or so is in a page file.. and i dont notice any paging what so ever.

1GB is going to be the standard on computers soon anyway, Less than power users allready tend to see a gain in performance with 1GB, alot of people i know of are moving to 1.5/2.0GB of ram since they like to multitask between graphics/development programs.


  • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, March 09 2006 @ 6:16 CET

    I have Vista Beta 1 installed on my computer. 1.4GHZ P4 + 256MB RAM. I can use Windows Calculator just fine, thank-you-very-much.