Laptop is showing memory usage of 70% without running any programs

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I'm currently looking at my Task Manager and it's showing my memory at 70% usage - and I'm not running any programs at the moment! What could be causing this high usage? It's an Acer laptop running Windows 10. Thanks so much.

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There’s always something running in Windows whether you think you have anything loaded or not. This sounds like a driver or, perhaps, malware issue. Running taskmgr.exe and services.msc will show you the details, including what’s using up the system’s memory.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Windows 10 runs several unnecessary services that are not used currently or long time. On Windows 10, search for Advanced System settings, and when it shows, go to the System properties windows. Next select Settings, & then Adjust for best performance, after that click to Apply. Click OK & restart the computer. Also this issue depends in computer configurations, specially amount of RAM.
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  • TheRealRaven
    First thing to determine is whether or not it's causing a problem. In itself, a given memory usage level is fairly meaningless, almost regardless of how much is installed. What's more important is how memory usage affects performance of specific apps or the overall system.

    Until memory usage exceeds real memory capacity and needs to use some of the swap space, there might be no impact worth noting.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    As you did not mention System's configurations, while RAM is a crucial issue for this type of problems. Also latest update is required. You can open msconfig.exe from Search bar and uncheck all unnecessary services/programs excluding Microsoft services.
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  • ToddN2000
    You may not be running any programs, but Win10 is running and probably a lot of background apps as well. You may have an anti virus program as well as program you have installed checking for automatic updates. It could be doing a Windows update. Try looking at the Task manager settings under processes. That shows what is running and how much CPU and MEMORY it's using.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    It is better to download/install 'Process Explorer' a small utility which can help a lot for this issue. Please see here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer
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  • TheRealRaven
    The biggest problem with Process Explorer is that it can encourage actions that bring more difficulties for users who need to ask about "memory at 70% usage". If memory usage isn't understood to begin with, there's little use for Process Explorer.

    A trivial app could use 70% by itself if it holds enough data in memory.
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  • ToddN2000
    First question I should have asked is how much memory do you have 4 / 8 / 16 gig or another amount?
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  • bhannah
    It is also possible that you are not displaying all the details of what is running in the processes running, in Task Manager. Down at bottom left hand corner there is a link that says fewer details or more details. If it is in the fewer details mode then it will not show everything that is running.
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