This video will show you how to fix High Memory usage in Windows 10. It includes the following:
- RAM Management
- High RAM Usage
- Background Processes
About high memory usage
Computer memory is an important part of the modern computer. It includes Random Access Memory, Memory Cache, and Read-Only Memory. The memory that’s used to store active programs and software when you boot up your computer, is known as RAM (Random Access Memory) – this is also the type of memory that most people talk about when it comes to how many programs your computer can run at once without lagging or slowing down.
Memory is mainly used by the computer to store the operational data of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) – data then gets exchanged from RAM to an external memory device like a hard drive. Programs and software that are installed on the hard drive also get loaded into the system’s RAM when the user loads up anything on his/her computer.
When the Task Manager gets opened in Windows, you might notice that your RAM is running unusually high, maybe at around 70% or 80% – this, in turn, slows down the computer by using the hard drive’s page file to substitute as system memory, and in turn, also increases the CPU usage due to the constant paging of information back and forth from your hard drive. If a PC has memory issues, it will freeze and sometimes results in the occasional message that states “Your computer is low on memory“.
How to fix high memory usage
All of your PCs memory is connected to the RAM and CPU. The cause of high memory usage is mainly due to an overload of applications and startup programs running in the background of which the user may not be aware of. To check your current memory usage, use the Task Manager. Furthermore, here are some steps that you can follow to potentially reduce the amount of RAM your system is using and improve general performance for games, apps, and multitasking:
- Close unnecessary applications that are running.
- Clean and optimize your hard drive by defragmenting and doing a disk cleanup.
- If your RAM is limited and non-upgradeable – consider increasing the page file size.
- Disable Superfetch – Go to Services and navigate to “SysMain” or “Superfetch” and permanently disable the service.
- The last resort is to purchase more RAM if you don’t notice any improvements in the performance of your system.