I just opened chrome to make this post... only extensions are adblock and dictionary.... I used microsoft's little "process explorer" to get more details and it didn't' help. chrome was using a lot but no where near 16gb. more like 700mgs (i know that's still too high)
Excel needs to be open but it doesn't look like it's hogging resources. I have 4 instances of it open so I can use multiple monitors easily.
Can virtualbox cause this? I have 1 vm instance open which takes 3gb of system and doesn't show up in task manager. When I close it, it does free up about 2gb. but that still leaves about 13-(3 system) so 10 gb for applications? lets say 3 for excel+chrome and other crap. still have 7gb going to what???...
Here is what it looks like on a fresh boot with all the same applications running (to my knowledge) notice the bump, that's the VM turning on. in 10-20 hours I can send you what it turns into... without me opening anything else.