Windows 7 - Windows Update High Memory Usage

2GB RAM on Win7 64-bit.  Seems most of the free RAM (up to 1GB being reported as being used in Task Manager) was being chewed up by one of the svchost that includes "Windows Update".

Killing the Windows Update service and changing it to manual has "fixed" the issue but obviously we need updates and this is for my mother-in-law that just wants to open Outlook and the odd document/image so asking to do updates manually once a week isn't a fix.

I want to exhaust all avenues before saying "buy a new computer" as her needs are so small in comparison to you or I.

QUESTION: Is there a way to have the windows update service not running but schedule the task to run once a week?  e.g. scheduling wuauclt.exe with these switches
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Asked:
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
2GB RAM is not so much for Win7. 64-bit of Windows 7 needs minimum 2 GB RAM. Can you add some more RAM?

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RobOwner (Aidellio)Author Commented:
unfortunately not... it's one of those all-in-one...  I know 2gb aint a lot but it's been great up to this point...
It wouldn't have anything to do with the number of updates since win 7 was released etc?
Windows updates only use up more resources when it is checking for updates, downloads and installs them. Once that is done, it goes down to idling and doesn't use up much. Maybe if you use MSE as your AV tool, you might want to switch to another, as it uses Windows update to update it's definitions, and as that is done more frequently, that might cause windows update to slow the system. I can recommend the free version of Panda cloud AV, as it is very low on resources and still very good.

You can also set the day and time windows updates are run. Maybe you could set it to do so every morning at 8.00 and then tell your user to start the PC before that time, and to only start using it somewhat later when the updates can be expected to have finished. After that the update service shouldn't be using up too many resources.

A further option could be to install teamviewer free on the PC, and then you could logon to it remotely whenever you want to do the updates for them, besides, with teamviewer you can also help the user remotely with other issues...
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Author Commented:
Thanks Rindi and thanks for the panda reference I'll look at that. Already got teamviewer installed, been using it for years and haven't looked back :)

I realised I can upgrade the memory (RTFM moment) *cringe* so that's what I'm going to do.
RobOwner (Aidellio)Author Commented:
No need to continue this one. Thanks for tips
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
I also use Panda Cloud Antivirus (new name Panda Free Antivirus) :-)
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