what is consuming RAM

Dear All,

I would like to know if it is possible to know what is consuming RAM for the computer.
I can see the activities in Task manager , is that the only process consuming memory ?
It is a windows xp system.

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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Check out the Process explorer, it will give out much finer info on processor and memory usage than what the task-manager does:

zazagorConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Make sure you check the box: view processes for all users.
The user "system" is running a lot of processes.

Iain MacMillanIT ManagerCommented:
I agree with rindi, use Process Explorer to get a full picture of what is running on your system and using resources, especially those SVCHOST entries, which Task Manager cannot show what is under them, but PE will show the application using them.

You can also use Autoruns to control what launches on start-up as well, to control these background apps/utilities - http://www.filehippo.com/download_autoruns/
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
As an aside, in an XP system nearly all available memory is used for something.  The most obvious example of this is disk caching.  If an area of memory is not currently used by a process, it is considered available for disk caching.
bond7Author Commented:
Hi Rindi,

Is this process manager same as in sys internals ?
Iain MacMillanIT ManagerCommented:
Process Explorer & Process Monitor are both from Sys Internals
bond7Author Commented:
Is the physical memory actual memory used in process ?
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