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Topic # 42904 14-Oct-2009 10:32
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Hi all,

Colleague of mine took a personal laptop into be serviced (broken latch) and he's fairly sure it's come back with one less dimm of RAM.

My question is, does Windows (XP or Vista) keep a log over time of the total RAM availible upon boot?

Can't spot anything in the standard windows logs but thought it would be worth a shout out.

Cheers in advance

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  Reply # 264001 15-Oct-2009 01:13
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you can use performance monitor (perfmon) to log the memory counters. it isnt enabled by default. start perfmon by start/run/perfmon or by selecting the icon in administrative tools.

check the following for some descriptions of the memory counters that you can log: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555223

how to create a log using perfmon:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/248345




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  Reply # 264002 15-Oct-2009 01:17
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hmm, just re-read your question. i dont think that there is a way to check that. take a look at your pagefile size though - its typically set to 1.5 X RAM and wont typically auto-shrink if RAM removed. that might provide a clue




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  Reply # 264020 15-Oct-2009 08:23
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Cheers Regs, pagefile could be a good indicator, lets hope windows hasn't shrunk it just to be spiteful :)

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  Reply # 266671 25-Oct-2009 11:16
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If it were Windows Vista, you'd be able to install TweakVista and on the Assessment tab see the last time your system was analyzed to generate a performance score - the drop down shows the amount of RAM present in the system at the time it was run.




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