A new Windows Sysinternals tool available for download allows Windows 7 users to map out the system memory usage of their machines. Developed by Windows gurus Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, RAMMap 1.0 is now available for download both as a standalone utility and as a part of the Windows Sysinternals package.

RAMMap is capable of showing customers just what is happening to their physical memory, beyond anything the Task Manager is capable of doing. The utility is designed to integrate seamlessly with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but also Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

“Have you ever wondered exactly how Windows is assigning physical memory, how much file data is cached in RAM, or how much RAM is used by the kernel and device drivers? RAMMap makes answering those questions easy. RAMMap is an advanced physical memory usage analysis utility for Windows Vista and higher,” an excerpt of the tool’s description reads.

Essentially, RAMMap can be leveraged in order to gain insight into how the Windows operating system manages the RAM it has available. In addition to being able to shed light on just how much memory is reserved by Windows through the platform’s advanced caching capabilities, RAMMap can also reveal how much memory is being allocated, as well as the specific memory usage of applications running at a specific point in time.

Users will be able to take advantage of the default refresh feature in order to make sure that the data offered by the utility is in accordance with the RAM usage of the system at all times.

According to Microsoft, RAMMap “presents usage information in different ways on its several different tabs:


- Use Counts: usage summary by type and paging list;
- Processes: process working set sizes;
- Priority Summary: prioritized standby list sizes;
- Physical Pages: per-page use for all physical memory;
- Physical Ranges: physical memory addresses;
- File Summary: file data in RAM by file;
- File Details: individual physical pages by file.

Windows Sysinternals (including RAMMap 1.0) is available for download here.

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