I read with interest the article here at Lockergnome posted by the Oracle, another from Adrian Kingsley-Hughes and the original from Computer world, in which it stated that 86% of Windows 7 computers run out of memory. My first thoughts were if 86% of Windows 7 users were running out of memory, than I must be blessed by the Computer Gods since the 3 machines I have using Windows 7 have not displayed this anomaly. Or I am one of the 14% who have not experienced this freaky behavior.
But wait a minute. If 86% of Windows 7 users were running out of memory, why was there not a HUGE out cry from the masses? Where was the outrage from the media? Where were the Apple zealots who love to throw stones at Windows?
In the Computerworld article it stated that:
Most Windows 7 PCs max out their memory, resulting in performance bottlenecks, a researcher said today.
Citing data from Devil Mountain Software’s community-based Exo.performance.network (XPnet), Craig Barth, the company’s chief technology officer, said that new metrics reveal an unsettling trend. On average, 86% of Windows 7 machines in the XPnet pool are regularly consuming 90%-95% of their available RAM, resulting in slow-downs as the systems were forced to increasingly turn to disk-based virtual memory to handle tasks.
The 86% mark for Windows 7 is more than twice the average number of Windows XP machines that run at the memory “saturation” point, said Barth. The most recent snapshot of XPnet’s 23,000-plus PCs — taken yesterday — pegs only 40% of XP systems as running low on memory.
But one starling element in this scenario, is that Windows 7 is compared to Windows XP. No where in the article is Vista even mentioned for comparison purposes, only on how much RAM Vista machines average. Does this mean that Vista does not use memory at an alarming rate? What this tells me is that the data the Computerworld article is presenting is suspect. The company making these claims, Devil Mountain software, also wants users to download and install their software on your system so you can compare your computer with others in their database.
There was also this statement:
Barth acknowledged that XPnet’s data couldn’t determine whether the memory usage was by the operating system itself, or an increased number of applications, but said that Devil Mountain would start working on finding which is the dominant factor in increased memory use.
As far as I am concerned this study is rubbish.