If Windows 10 memory usage is high, you can use task manager to find out which apps or programs are using the most RAM or memory. Here’s how to do it.
RAM and its role in computer performance
Every program running in Windows requires a certain amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) or memory to function. In case you didn’t know, RAM is temporary storage used by programs to store data temporarily, like current settings, workflow, unsaved data, etc.
Generally speaking, RAM is much faster than hard drive or SSD. Therefore, the programs require this memory to function properly. If one program is using up available RAM, other programs may not function properly due to low RAM. In the worst case, the program itself or the operating system may crash due to low RAM levels.
Most systems today have at least 8GB of RAM. For general everyday activities like web browsing, office work and viewing media, this amount of RAM should be sufficient. However, if you are running heavy programs like Photoshop or playing games, you have to be mindful of Windows 10’s RAM usage.
This is especially important for systems with 8GB or less RAM. If a program is using too much RAM, you can end the program before it goes out of control or makes other programs run slowly. That way, you can reduce RAM usage in Windows 10.
Instead of wondering what is using all of your RAM, you can find which programs are using all or most of the RAM in Windows 10 in just a few steps. Here are the exact steps you should take to locate programs that use too much RAM.
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Use Task Manager to find programs that use most of the RAM
The built-in Task Manager in Windows 10 can easily show which apps are using all or most of the memory. To do that, open up Task Manager, go to the “Processes” tab and click the “Memory” heading to sort by programs using the most RAM. Here are the detailed steps you should follow.
1. First, right click on the Taskbar.
2. From the list, select “Task Manager” to open the task manager.
3. In Task Manager , go to the “Processes” tab.
4. Once you are here, click on the heading “Memory”.
5. As soon as you click it, Task Manager will sort by the processes using the most RAM.
6. You should see the process or program using the most RAM at the top of the list. In my case, Chrome uses up most of the memory.
When you find that the process or program is responsible for using all the RAM, you can force quit the application or reduce the workload in that particular program. Performing any of these two actions will reduce the program’s RAM usage.
Important Note : Keep in mind that if you force quit an application to free up RAM, you may lose any unsaved data. So you should save the data manually and then close the application, not end the process from the task manager. Only force exit when the app is not responding.