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How To Fix High CPU And RAM Usage In Windows 10/8/7

Is your Windows system not working efficiently? Do the programs and application take much time to respond or to open? Are you facing high CPU and RAM usage problem in Windows? This article gonna surely help you and you can thank us later. 😉

Well, high RAM and CPU usage have become a matter of anxiety for many Windows user. Especially after upgrading the Windows to Windows 10, this issue is being faced by many people. On forums, the most frequently asked question was about the high RAM and CPU usage after installing Windows 10.

The most common factors causing high RAM usage are memory leaks, registry issue, incompatible drivers, large numbers of background running programs, virus, etc. All these factors lead to poor performance and high RAM and CPU usage in you Windows PC.

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Fix high CPU and RAM usage in windows

But no worries, there are some hacks which will help you solve this high RAM and CPU usage in Windows 10/8/7. Below are some of the best ways fix the high CPU and RAM problem of Windows. All these methods are quick and easy to understand. So, let’s get started…

1. Registry Hack

The first and the most effective and helpful way to fix all the issues related to high RAM usage. So, if you are not aware of the cause of the slow performance of your Windows PC then this method will help you to a great extent. For fixing high RAM usage simply follow the below steps.

  1. First, press Win+R and type Regedit in the run command and then hit enter.
  2. It will open the Registry editor where you will need to perform some changes.
  3. Now, in the editor from the left sidebar go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>>system>>CurrentControlSet>>Control>>Session Manager>>Memory management.
  4. Now when you click Memory management, in the main content panel you will get many options, from those options, just find ClearPageFileAtShutdown and double-click on it. After that, change its value to 1 and click ok.
  5. That’s it, at last restart our computer to apply all the changes.

Hope it helped!

2. Uninstall unwanted programs

If you still aren’t able to fix the high usage of RAM and CPU then there might be some more than required programs installed in your system. If there are such programs which are installed on your Windows PC but you do not use them then immediately uninstall those programs.

Doesn’t matter whether you work on some software or not but if it is installed on your PC then, it will surely use up space, consume resources.

You can uninstall the programs from the Control panel. Simply go to control panel>>Programs & features>> Uninstall a program. You can see all the programs installed on your system and to uninstall the unwanted ones simply right click on the program and select the Uninstall option.

3. Disable all the unnecessary startup programs

Whenever you start your PC some of the programs automatically get started by themselves without your knowledge. For example, antivirus, Java updater, downloaders, etc. These programs may not be visible to you but run in the background. And it is obvious that they use up the CPU and RAM. So, disabling the unnecessary programs at the startup will definitely help ou to save a lot of RAM and CPU usage.

  1. Press Ctrl+ALt+delete to open the task manager.
  2. Now, select the startup tab in the task manager.
  3. It will show you the list of all the programs which automatically run with the PC startup.
  4. You can disable all those programs which you don’t want to run in the background or with the Windows startup just right-click on them and select the Disable menu item.

4. Check and fix the driver issues

Many users have reported that after installing Windows 10 they faced the poor performance and high memory leak of RAM. And for your surprise, the biggest reason was the faulty and outdated drivers. Yes, if the drivers are not latest and flawless then they can cause memory leak problem in your system causing the high memory usage of RAM and high CPU usage.

Windows regularly updates the drivers for all the main hardware of your system but that’s not enough and you need to use some other tool to fix all the driver related issues in order to prevent the memory leak or high memory usage in your system. Also, manually fixing the drivers is a little bit complicated and messy task. So, it is advised to use some other third-party tool which can fix the driver issues within one-click. One of such software is DriverTalent. With the help of this software, you can fix the faulty and outdated drivers in no time.

  1. So, download and install DriverTalent on our system.
  2. Launch the software and you will get many options to choose from such as Repair, Install, Update, etc. Select the needed option to perform and after finishing the process, simply restart your system.

5. Adjust your Windows 10 for best performance

“Adjust for best performance”! As you can see what the name suggests. Actually, this is a setting option in the Windows system which helps a lot in fixing memory, CPU and performance related issues in Windows. It is very simple and quick process to activate this feature.

  1. First, open the Control Panel on your system.
  2. Then click on the system option.
  3. After that, from the given options in the left sidebar, click on Advanced System Settings.
  4. A new popup window will show up there. Now, in the Performance panel of the Advanced tab, click on the Settings button.
  5. Now, in the Visual effects of the newly opened window simply select “Adjust for best performance” option and click Apply Button and then OK.

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6. Defragment Hard Drive

One more thing you can do to fix the high RAM and CPU usage is by defragmenting your hard drive. Defragmenting actually helps in many ways to boost the performance of your system and fix the memory leak in your Windows PC. But if you do not know how to defragment Hard drive then here is the quick solution for you.

  1. Press WIn+R and type dfrgui in the run command.
  2. Now, the Optimize drive window will show up there. From there you can defragment any of the drives of your choice. And it’s better you defrag the drive where the Windows is installed. So, click on any of the drives and click Optimize button to start the defragmentation process. You only need to follow simple instructions.

7. Scan and remove a malware or virus

The evilest thing on a computer can be a virus or a malware. These harmful programs affect the health of your PC and cause them to run poorly. If there are any of such programs installed in your Windows PC then it surely is messing up with it’s working and performance. Such malicious programs also make your computer system vulnerable.

But it’s not easy to check the presence of malware or virus manually and you will require a third-party tool for the same. There are many software available over the internet for scanning and removing the virus and other harmful programs from our PC. Some of such software are Malwarebytes, Norton antivirus, Bitdefender, Kaspersky and so on. These software are capable of quickly scanning the system and removing threats if any.

So, these were some of the ways to fix the high RAM and CPU usage and run our system efficiently. You can try one or all of these methods to get the desired results. Hope this article helped you. Will come with some other interesting topics for you, till then bbye & take care.

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  • My laptop heats up after using for just half an hour.I think it may be due to high CPU usage prblem. I will try these tips and see if it solves the problem