This article shares the best possible solutions for the memory leak problem on Windows 11 and 10.
Users generally expect fast jet performance from Windows computers. However, to their dismay, many users have reported sluggish performance on their devices. If you are also concerned about slow applications and programs, or overall slow device performance, Windows 11 memory leak may be the reason for your problems.
Hence, this article discusses 2023’s Windows 11 memory leak issue in detail and the ways to fix it. Let us begin with understanding what this issue is.
Memory leak in Windows is a situation where a process performs memory allocation from the paged or nonpaged pools. However, it does not free the memory. It makes your computer slow, and complete memory depletion may lead to failures.
However, before jumping to ways to fix Windows 11 or Windows 10 memory leak, it is crucial to ensure that it is the reason behind your problems. Hence, let us first look at how to check for this issue.
Steps to Identify Memory Leak
You can follow these steps to identify the Windows 10 or Windows 11 memory leak issue.
Firstly, press Windows and R keys together to launch the Run box.
In the Run box, input resmon and click on the OK button.
Close all the applications currently running on your device. If the memory usage still remains high, your computer has a memory leak issue.
Now that you are sure your PC has a memory leak problem, let us look at the tried and tested solutions to this issue.
Ways to Fix Windows 10/Windows 11 Memory Leak Issue
You can apply the below solutions to get rid of the memory leak problem on Windows 11 and 10.
Fix 1: Restart your computer
Restarting the system clears the memory used by various programs and applications. Moreover, it also frees up the memory. Hence, before trying any complex solutions, you should restart your PC to fix the memory leak issue. Below is the process to do it.
Firstly, press your keyboard’s Windows key.
Now, select the Power icon from the Start menu’s lower right corner.
Click on the Restart option when holding the Shift key.
Wait until your computer restarts and the login screen appears.
Input your password (if any) to launch your computer.
An outdated operating system may also be responsible for Windows 11 memory leak. Hence, you should download and install the available OS update to fix the issue. Following is the step-by-step way to do it.
Launch the Settings app using the Windows+I keyboard shortcut.
Choose Update & Security from the settings on your screen.
Now, select the Check for updates option.
Wait until the download and installation of the available update are complete.
Finally, restart your computer.
Fix 3: Close applications and free up RAM manually
Though it is not the most practical option, closing the applications frees up RAM immediately. Hence, below is how to do it to fix Windows 11/Windows 10 memory leak.
Firstly, right-click the taskbar and choose Task Manager from the context menu.
Now, choose Memory from the top tab.
After clicking on a program, choose End Task from the lower right corner.
Increasing the swap, i.e., the virtual memory’s size can fix Windows 11 memory leak if your physical memory is low. If you increase the virtual memory, Windows uses only a few sectors of the hard disk as the Random Access Memory (RAM). It prevents high RAM consumption. Hence, below is the series of steps to do it.
Firstly, press the Windows button on your keyboard and find Advanced System.
Now, select the option to View advanced system settings from the search results that appear.
Select Settings from the Performance section of the System Properties window.
Navigate to the Advanced tab and select Change from the Virtual Memory section.
Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option.
Select the Custom size option.
Now, choose the recommended size as the initial size. Please note that the maximum size can be up to three times the size of the physical memory.
In this article, we looked at various fixes for Windows 11 and Windows 10 memory leak problems. We hope this article helps you fix the issue.
If you have any better solution to this problem than the ones shared above, you can drop it in the comment section. Moreover, you can also write us a comment if you need more help solving this or other computer problems.
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