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Best answer by Rakanisheu Retired 29 April 2015, 10:09
So, I did some digging into this. And, like most things the answer is more complicated than it looks ...
Hello Muddy and TH,
I'm fairly confident that there isn't any cause for concern, unless the OP is reporting performance issues in addition to what was observed.
To further assist with some understanding here, 'MEMORY' is not 'RAM.' RAM is a very specific type of MEMORY. It's a temporary very fast location that allows your system to load files and programs quickly.
'MEMORY' as it is refered to in the OP (from my perspective) is actually a collection of different types of MEMORY and when viewing the report in Task Manager it's all added together to determine the actual memory footprint on the system.
The reality is such that Explorer isn't using 300mb of RAM, but 300mb of MEMORY which is broken down to several layers. It is really only using between 2 and 4mb of RAM while the rest of it is various other types of memory, other than RAM.
Memory management is a very difficult thing to explain because there are so many different types of memory. I spent a good month or so looking into it so that I could provide some insight to another customer who had asked similar questions regarding memory usage on the system.
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