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Old 02-25-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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I am experiencing the same thing for about 3 weeks now. If I close all my gadgets, sidebar.exe goes away, and svchost.exe memory usage eventually drops back down to "normal". If I load ANY gadget, memory starts to climb again in both sidebar.exe and svchost.exe. I am starting to get VERY annoyed with this, I miss my sidebars.

Anyone found a solution for this ?

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I moved your post from - Massive win7 x64 memory leak in svchost and sidebar!

Download and save SysInternals Process Explorer -

RIGHT-click on procexp.exe, select "Run as Administrator"

Hover the mouse over the scvhost.exe in question to see what is running under it -



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I did that, see attached.



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Memory usage for scvhost.exe (PID 712) = 149,432k, which ~ 150 MB. Perfectly normal. I see no memory leak there.
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Well, I hadn't let it run very long. The longer it runs, the more memory it uses. Here it is up over 500MB. Do you want to see it climb to 2GB or more?



and you can see that sidebar.exe also uses a ton of memory:


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Thanks for new screenshot. There does indeed appear to be a memory leak.

What gadgets are installed?

Use SysInternals AutoRuns from Microsoft TechNet - Autoruns for Windows

"Sidebar Gadgets" tab.

Uncheck one gadget at a time; see if memory usage drops. If not, re-check box; go on to the next one.

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OK, after playing with the gadgets for days, I finally found 2 problems. The bad one was "The Weather Channel". I SWEAR just having it installed caused the memory leak, whether I had it on the desktop or not.
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The other one is "Network Monitor II" version 8.6. I have used that gadget since Win7 came out, but I guess the latest release must have a memory leak.
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The memory leak from The Weather Channel was much faster than Network Monitor II is. Right now I am running 4 gadgets, with memory usage steady at 49MB!

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I'm glad you finally found the culprit gadgets.

I remember the previous version of the Network Monitor caused problems when I was running Vista.

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