The Reddit forum has been swamped with posts on the high memory usage issue after Windows 10 upgrade.
It appears that even when the system starts at normal RAM usage, in a few hours it increases to the maximum level. Despite turning all the major processes off, the memory usage remains the same.
"A few of us at the office have Windows 10. I noticed earlier today that my system was being sluggish. I checked the task manager and was using an enormous amount of RAM. I sorted processes by RAM usage and the System process was using over a gig. I checked every one else's and it was the same. After a re-boot it was using about 130MB and has grown to over 250MB in the last hour or so," observes a Redditor.
The faulty drivers seem to be the culprit in such situations. If your system is also plagued with the same issue, consider trying out the following guide detailing how to fix the high memory usage.
IBTimes UK warns its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device, hence proceed at your own risk. Also ensure that you have installed the latest drivers for your PC.
How to fix high memory usage in Windows 10
Step-1: Download and install the Windows Driver kit
Step-2: Go to Start menu from the Windows key and open Command Prompt. Right-click on the resulting icon and select Run as Administrator from the drop-down menu
Step-3: Type cd C:Program Files (x86)Windows Kits8.1Toolsx64 and press Enter to go to the directory in the command prompt where WDK was installed
Step-4: Type poolmon.exe then press Enter. When the utility opens up, press P to sort via pooltype then B to sort it according to number of bytes
Step-5: Note down the pooltag of the item which is using a majority of the memory. Open another command prompt to check which driver the tag belongs to. For this type f indstr / s then the tag which you have noted
Step-6: The command will point to a specific sys file. Open the file properties to check which driver the file belongs to. When you find out the driver, head over to the Microsoft site to download the official driver for Windows 10
Hopefully, these steps will address the memory issue on your Windows 10 powered PC. Microsoft has also outlined a few tips for preventing low memory problems in Windows 10.
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