Random access memory (RAM) plays an important role in the functioning of any operating system. It is volatile memory, unlike read only memory (ROM). Increasing the RAM on a computer can be helpful for the proper functioning of the operating system.

You must have noticed that the system operates at an acceptable speed when you start the computer, but gradually its speed decreases and begins to hang while processing the current task. This happens due to the saturation of RAM by running programs.

This article explains how to determine which programs are consuming your memory the most.


How to check the amount of RAM used by an application on windows 11 ?

You can determine how much RAM is used by the processor, operating system, drivers, and how much memory is available for applications.

If you want to check the amount of RAM used by an app, you need to open the Resource Monitor system app.

To do this, open the Windows 11 Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and go to the tab Performances. Then go to the lower area and click on the link Open Resource Monitor.

You can also type resmon in the search field and press Entrance.

In the app Resource monitor, go to the tab Memory, then click the header Private (KB) on the right side.

The names of the programs displayed in Resource Monitor are not the same as those displayed in Task Manager. This is because Resource Monitor uses the name of the processor and the Task Manager uses friendly names. If there is any confusion, the names of the programs can be searched on the Internet for clarity, if necessary.

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The column Private (KB) will help you know which application consumes the most amount of RAM and slows down the operation of the operating system. If the applications that take up a lot of memory do not need the running task, you can choose to stop the process.

To stop an application, simply select it in the Resource Monitor. Then right-click and select the option Stop the process in the context menu. This will stop the application and increase the available space in RAM.

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