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How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Want a more lightweight Steam experience than doesn’t use 400 MB of RAM just to display your game library? We’ll show you how to cut that RAM usage down to a cool 60 MB and get a more minimal Steam client.

What Is Steam Client WebHelper?

Steam, like many other modern applications, has a built-in web browser. This built-in web browser is named “Steam Client WebHelper” (steamwebhelper.exe).

When you launch Steam, it normally launches multiple WebHelper processes in the background—we counted seven. These are used to display the Steam Store, the Community, and even your game Library.

But what if you could get rid of Steam’s WebHelper processes? Well, you can—with a hidden command-line option.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Launching Steam Without Steam WebHelper

First, if you have Steam open, you’ll need to close it by clicking Steam > Exit.

To launch Steam in this way, you’ll need to know the location of the steam.exe file in your PC. On a 64-bit Windows PC, it’s normally installed at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe by default. If you installed Steam to a different location, use that location in the command below instead.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

To launch Steam without the web browser components, you’ll need to launch Steam with the -no-browser command-line option. It’s also helpful to launch Steam in Small Mode, which you can normally access by clicking View > Small Mode in Steam.

To launch Steam with these options, press Windows+R to open the Run dialog. Copy-paste the following text into the Run dialog (assuming you have Steam installed in the default location) and press “Enter” or click “OK”:

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Steam will launch in Small Mode without any web browser components. If you look at your Task Manager, you’ll likely see it’s using 60 MB of RAM—or less.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

You can click View > Large Mode to view the normal Steam interface, but you’ll just see a message informing you that the Steam browser is disabled.

(You can click View > Small Mode to use Steam in a more minimal view even when the browser is enabled—however, Steam’s WebHelper processes will still be running in the background, and you won’t see these RAM savings.)

What Works Without a Browser, and What Doesn’t

As of October 2020, Steam’s Small Mode functions very well with the browser disabled—for the most part. You can view your game library, install games, and launch them. You can access all Steam’s normal settings. You can even use Steam in offline mode.

There’s one big feature missing: You can’t actually uninstall a game with the browser disabled. (However, you can install games.)

You also can’t view your achievements, access other community features, or browse the store and buy games with the browser disabled. You can still access the Steam store and community pages by signing into Steam’s website in a normal web browser, however.

Getting Steam’s Browser Back

To get the browser back, close Steam by clicking Steam > Exit and then launch Steam from a normal desktop shortcut. Steam will launch with the browser as long as you don’t launch it with -no-browser .

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Creating a Shortcut that Launches Steam Without the Browser

If you prefer this mode, you can create a shortcut that launches Steam without the browser.

For example, if you have Steam pinned to your taskbar, right-click the Steam icon on your taskbar, right-click “Steam Client Bootstrapper,” and select “Properties.”

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

In the Target box, add a space followed by the following:

Assuming you have Steam installed in its default folder on your system, it should look like the command you used in the Run box:

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Now, when you launch Steam from your taskbar, you’ll get a more lightweight, minimal experience. If you need to uninstall a game or use other Steam browser features, you can exit Steam (Steam > Quit) and then launch Steam with another shortcut—like the Steam shortcut in your Start menu.

To undo the change, just open the Steam shortcut properties window and remove the text you added to the Target box. It should just look like the following:

Sure, a few hundred megabytes of RAM isn’t a big deal on a modern gaming PC. But, if you’re looking for a way to free up some RAM while gaming, this is an easy one.

Steam uses a lot of RAM if you had no idea! There are times when the tool takes up around 400MB of your computers RAM, and that can be a problem if you do not have a lot to go around. The question is, then, is there a way to mitigate this problem? Yes, the answer is yes.

Reduce Steam RAM usage

The plan here is to cut down the RAM usage from 400MB to 60MB. To get this done, and a good portion of Steam’s features will be removed in favor of a client that runs smoothly on a low-powered computer.

Let’s talk about the Steam Client WebHelper

Steam has a WebHelper feature that is basically a web browser built directly into the system. The web browser is called “Steam Client WebHelper” and can be seen in the Task Manager as steamwebhelper.exe.

When Steam is launched, several processes of Steam Client WebHelper is shown in the Task Manager. For us, we came across a maximum of 4, but others have seen higher so this should go to show what a problem for resources this thing is.

Now, we should point out that these processes are used to display the Steam Library of games, Store, Community, and more. So, as you can see, the WebHelper process is very important, but not everyone wants to view the Library and other aspects every time they open the Steam client.

Open Steam without WehHelper

Before one can open Steam without the WebHelper, you must first close the instance of Steam that is currently running, if that is the case. After doing that, you must now make sure that Steam is located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe if you’re using a 64bit computer.

If you’ve chosen to install Steam in a different location, then use that location in the following command required to launch Steam without the WebHelper.

To get things moving, please click on the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, then from there, copy and paste the following command:

Be sure to hit the Enter key, and right away Steam should open without the WebHelper in a minimalistic view.

What are the things you should expect when using Steam mini?

OK, so since the WebHelper removes multiple features, you won’t get the full experience when using Steam at any time. For example, the Store is missing, and the same can be said for the community section. If you want to uninstall a video game, this is not possible either since the browser is disabled.

Should you feel the need to view the Steam store and the community pages, then we suggest visiting the official Steam website for that.

Set Steam back to normal

If you’re not pleased with the changes when the WebHelper is disabled, then worry not because the ability is there to get things running in the right direction.

To return Steam to its regular ways, from the minimalistic view, click on Steam > Exit, then relaunch the tool normally, and that’s it.

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Date: November 7, 2020 Tags: Games, Steam

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If you use Steam often, we suppose you know about its built-in web browser, the Steam Client WebHelper (steamwebhelper.exe). Launching Steam also causes it to automatically launch multiple WebHelper background processes to display the Steam Store, the Community, and your game Library. This actually takes up RAM usage of up to 400MB.

But it’s not that big of a problem. With a few tweaks on the command-line option, you can reduce Steam’s RAM to usage to about 60mb.

Minimize Steam RAM usage considerably

How to launch Steam without the WebHelper

If ever you have opened Steam using the default process, it means the WebHelper is automatically running too. Close it first by clicking Steam > Exit.

Afterward, know the location of the steam.exe file on your PC. For 64-bit Windows PC, unless you install it in a different location, it is usually installed in this path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

You will then need to launch Steam with the -no-browser command-line option or in Small Mode, which you can normally access by clicking View>Small Mode in Steam.

To do this, open the Run dialogue box by pressing Windows+R. Copy-paste the following text

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Press Enter then confirm it by clicking OK from the pop-up.

You now have launched Steam in Small Mode with no web browser components and you can see a significant reduction in its RAM usage if you take a look at the Task Manager.

You can still view the normal Steam interface. Just click View>Large Mode. However, you’ll see a message informing you that the Steam browser is disabled.

Make sure that you follow the following command-line option. Clicking View> Small Mode will only allow you to use Steam in a minimal view with the browser is enabled, hence, the WebHelper processes will run in the background. This means it will consume more RAM.

Limitations when disabling the Browser

Take note that disabling the browser will remove features that you might need too. This includes Uninstalling a game. You can still install games but uninstalling them will be restricted without the browser running.

With the browser disabled, you also can’t view achievements, access other community features, or browse the store and buy games.

What you can do is to access the Steam store and community pages by signing into Steam’s website in a normal web browser. But if you just want to optimize the RAM usage in the meantime, you can skip that.

Other than this, as of October 2020, Steam’s Small Mode functions properly for most parts. It still allows users to view the game library, launch games, and access all Steam’s normal settings. You can also use Steam in offline mode too.

How to restore the Steam’s browser

Should you want to have the browser back, close Steam first. Close steam by clicking Steam>Exit then launch Steam from a normal desktop shortcut. By default, Steam will launch with the browser.

How to create a shortcut for launching Steam in without the browser

If you prefer to launch Steam with minimal RAM usage, you can simply create a shortcut for launching Steam in Small Mode as your default.

Should you have Steam pinned to your taskbar, right-click the Steam icon on your taskbar, right-click Steam Client Bootstrapper and select Properties.

In the Target box, add a space followed by the following:

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Assuming you have Steam installed in its default folder on your system, it should look like the command you used in the Run box:

If you don’t have a Steam shortcut pinned on your taskbar yet you can just create one. Navigate to your Steam installation, commonly found on this path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe. Right-click on Steam.exe and select Create Shortcut.

Right-click on the new shortcut and go to Properties then click on the Shortcut tab.

A Target box will also appear where you’ll have to input a space followed by the same command line:

Click Apply and then OK to close the Properties window

From your taskbar, you can now launch Steam without the browser by default.

But if you need to uninstall games or access other Steam browser features, launch Steam with another shortcut.

First, exit Steam by clicking Steam > Quit and then launch Steam shortcut from Start menu.

To revert the change, just open the Steam shortcut properties window and remove the text you added to the Target box. It should just look like this:

I think you are mixing things , you don’t have a 60Mb/s like but

60 Megabits internet = 6 Megabytes /secs speed

That’s a common mistake to be confuse with Megabits and Megabytes

An internet provider will often advertise the highest number in Megabits in your case 60 Megabits

But to have the true speed you approx. / 10 that number, you get a theorical max speed of 60 / 10 = 6 Megabytes / s so nothing wrong

Here I have a 20 Megabits internet and I get a max speed of 2 Megabytes /secs

I’ve heard about this before, Steam apparently caps at around 5MB/s for the download.

I think you are mixing things , you don’t have a 60Mb/s like but

60 Megabits = 6 Megabytes

That’s a common mistake to be confuse with Megabits with Megabytes

An internet provider will often advertise the highest number in Megabits in your case 60 Megabits

But to have the true speed you approx. / 10 that number, you get a theorical max speed of 60 / 10 = 6 Megabytes / s

Steam shows the download in Megabytes (MB) and ISPs will show Internet speeds in Megabits (Mb). 5MB = 40Mb. So only 40Mb/60Mb of your speed is being utilized
8Mb = 1MB.

Hopefully someday Steam to remove the cap, a lot of people now have speeds that are faster than 40Mb

if you think they cannot remove the cap, they only can raise it because of the servers load, if one person takes all the traffic/speed the other ones will have their connections slowed
for them to raise the cap they would have to maybe raise servers speeds or number of servers

if you think they cannot remove the cap, they only can raise it because of the servers load, if one person takes all the traffic/speed the other ones will have their connections slowed
for them to raise the cap they would have to maybe raise servers speeds or number of servers

Should have worded it better, hopefully in the future they raise the cap. 100Mb would be a sweet spot for now.

There is not cap on Valve’s end. I download at my full speed with a 60 Mb/s connection. I get 7-7.5 MB a second.

There are many factors involved in the download speed such as congestion along the line (for a neighborhood, not just a house hold), number and quality of “hops” the connection needs to take between locations (it is never a direct link), quality of the line it’s self, hardware, home network set-up, other programs that may be using bandwidth, ISP throttling ect.

Valve even has a bandwidth chart showing usage in a region. They have plenty to spare.

There is not cap on Valve’s end. I download at my full speed with a 60 Mb/s connection. I get 7-7.5 MB a second.

There are many factors involved in the download speed such as congestion along the line (for a neighborhood, not just a house hold), number and quality of “hops” the connection needs to take between locations (it is never a direct link), quality of the line it’s self, hardware, home network set-up, other programs that may be using bandwidth, ISP throttling ect.

Valve even has a bandwidth chart showing their max in a region and how many is in use. They have plenty to spare.

but its a litle bit weird that my download speed is always 5.1MB it doesnt drops down or go higher than that xD

but its a litle bit weird that my download speed is always 5.1MB it doesnt drops down or go higher than that xD

You can always contact your ISP and have the line tested. Make sure your hardware isn’t bottlenecking you either.

Test your speed on a third party site too. If you are not getting your advertised speeds, then your ISP may need to fix something.

but its a litle bit weird that my download speed is always 5.1MB it doesnt drops down or go higher than that xD

You can always contact your ISP and have the line tested. Make sure your hardware isn’t bottlenecking you either.

Test your speed on a third party site too. If you are not getting your advertised speeds, then your ISP may need to fix something.

Ok so. when running steam and downloading games and such, eventually Memory usage spikes up to 40%, sometimes even 60%.

it does not do this with just windows core services running, i tested this out by letting my computer run for an hour, with no programs on.

as soon as steam is running for about an hour or more and downloading games, memory usage spikes up, it doesn’t even go back down once Steam is exited.

it has not done this with just chrome running, or just skype running, it seems to be just steam. im continually testing this out.

i sent some feedback to microsoft as well, just incase it is on their side and not steams. but if it was a memory leak from Windows itself, wouldn’t it do it constantly? even with no programs running? .

Not necessarily. The leak could involve holding downloaded date in a memory buffer before disk write, something that doesn’t happen when you’re in Chrome or Skype. Get an I/O bottleneck, the buffer grows. And maybe it’s not releasing. However, if Steam is exited properly, it won’t be available in Task Manager, and can’t be consuming resources. At which point, if Windows is not releasing the memory, it’s a definite Windows issue.

well it seems to only be doing it when steam is running and downloading games. i exit steam, and it doesn’t show in task manager that it is running anymore. but the memory usage still stays, the only way to fix it, is to restart my PC.

like i said, i also contacted microsoft support about the issue and posted it on their feedback app. i know its only been about 2 days and i don’t expect an update in the next 15 minutes here, but it is quite annoying lol.

it’s currently at 40% and rising lol.

Becaue restarting flushes the memory, something yes, Steam should be doing. BUT, Windows should also be flushing memory allocated to programs that are no longer running.

ok, so Microsoft got me to restart my PC with a clean boot, only running Microsoft services. i have steam loaded up, its downloading, so far it is not getting high usage.

this must mean its another service? conflicting with steam? or the download process or whatever?

im going to check on each service one by one, restart and test this out. see which one starts to create a higher memory usage while using steam and downloading games.

once i find the culprit, i will post here what it is, so maybe one of the companies can come out with a fix.

ok well, doing a clean boot, turning off all services but microsoft, seemed to fix the problem. even once re-enabling my other services one by one, it still seems to be ok.

Note that Microsfot will use as much memory as exists on your system. Memory is there to be used. Not to be doled out like gruel at an orphanage.

funny, how its not doing it anymore, it was spiking up to 60% memory usage, it never did that, ever. even on Windows 7, or 8.1

this issue is Fixed. no need to keep posting nonsense.

Note that Microsfot will use as much memory as exists on your system. Memory is there to be used. Not to be doled out like gruel at an orphanage.

funny, how its not doing it anymore, it was spiking up to 60% memory usage, it never did that, ever. even on Windows 7, or 8.1

this issue is Fixed. no need to keep posting nosense.

Again people get so obsessed with memory usage

Here’s a tip. the OS knows better than you how to handle memory. If its allocating 60% of your memory, there’s a reason. Windows update can suck up tons of memory just trying to do its thing if you havent run the update in a while.

the only thing you’re saying is that ‘my system is using memory’ and then you call that ‘high usage’.

Again % memory usage is basically a worthless metric. You’re not even saying WHAT is taking up memory and how much it is. If you’re going to accuse me of ‘nonsense’ then you might wnat to look at your OP because that post is just full of nonsense already since it basically contains zero useful information.

funny, how its not doing it anymore, it was spiking up to 60% memory usage, it never did that, ever. even on Windows 7, or 8.1

this issue is Fixed. no need to keep posting nosense.

Again people get so obsessed with memory usage

Here’s a tip. the OS knows better than you how to handle memory. If its allocating 60% of your memory, there’s a reason. Windows update can suck up tons of memory just trying to do its thing if you havent run the update in a while.

the only thing you’re saying is that ‘my system is using memory’ and then you call that ‘high usage’.

Again % memory usage is basically a worthless metric. You’re not even saying WHAT is taking up memory and how much it is. If you’re going to accuse me of ‘nonsense’ then you might wnat to look at your OP because that post is just full of nonsense already since it basically contains zero useful information.

you didn’t read this whole thread.

I SAID IT WAS STEAM USING UP THE MEMORY WHILE DOWNLOADING GAMES (SINCE THATS WHEN IT WAS ONLY OCCURING)

so here’s a tip, learn to read a whole thread before posting. using up 60% of ram is not normal and if it was, then how come its fixed now? seriously, get out of my thread.

Not necessarily. The leak could involve holding downloaded date in a memory buffer before disk write, something that doesn’t happen when you’re in Chrome or Skype. Get an I/O bottleneck, the buffer grows. And maybe it’s not releasing. However, if Steam is exited properly, it won’t be available in Task Manager, and can’t be consuming resources. At which point, if Windows is not releasing the memory, it’s a definite Windows issue.

See, at least he knows how to read a thread.

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Valve has released a substantial update for its popular PC gaming platform, Steam. The company has made huge improvements to its storage management page, improved the download page, and made many small tweaks and fixes.

Steam’s New Storage Management Page

Steam gave its storage management page a complete overhaul that makes it a lot easier to create and manage your game libraries. If you have a small SSD for speed and a large hard drive for storage, you can use this improved page to move games back and forth between them.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

The new page has a more console-like look and feel, which is a smart move by Valve. It’s just a more pleasant and less annoying way to move games around and keep your PC’s storage space in check.

If you want to access the new storage management page, you’ll need to make sure Steam is updated. From there, go to Settings, then Downloads, and finally click “Steam Library Folders.”

Other Updates to Steam

Valve also improved the Downloads page in Steam, making it far more functional. The page always showed download progress, but now it also now shows installation progress. It’ll give you a better idea of how close you are to actually getting into your game.

You can also drag and drop the order of games to change the download order. Valve also changed the name of the “View News” section to “Patch Notes,” making it more obvious that the page is about learning what’s new in a game.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

There’s also plenty of bug fixes and performance improvement that’ll make Steam run better on your gaming rig. It’s a great update from Steam that takes the core functionality of the software and makes it better, which is what you always like to see from a major update.

High guys, I don’t know much about computers to be honest but I have noticed that my Skyrim Special Edition has started using around 9GB of my 16GB of memory. This occurred after I installed several mods and then when I installed a few more it went up again. Now whilst I am aware that mods use up RAM rendering and loading ect this seems extremely high and I had 20+ mods before that did not make much of a difference. Does anyone know why this is occurring?

You have 9GB usage out of 16GB; that is little over half of your available RAM. i had a notebook with 24GB of RAM; used up 22GB on some occasions with several applications. As long as you don’t hit 1.5 GB or 512mb of remaining memory you will be fine; also posting the mods you are using would help.

You still have lotsa system RAM left, why are you worried? I would be more worried about your VRAM because that affects performance more.

MME are you OK? I can’t make much sense out of anything you are posting.

try seting it to default in the one under start at main menu to run better

You have 9GB usage out of 16GB; that is little over half of your available RAM. i had a notebook with 24GB of RAM; used up 22GB on some occasions with several applications. As long as you don’t hit 1.5 GB or 512mb of remaining memory you will be fine; also posting the mods you are using would help.

I think these are all the mods I have installed.

Amourous Adeventures
They Grey Cowl Of Noctumal
Fores New Idels In Skyrim – FINS – FINS Behavior
THe Paarthumax DIlemma
XP32 Maxiumum Skeleton Special Extended
Better Cities – Solitude and Whitrun Overhual
Better Docks
Winterhold Expanded Ruins
Immersive Armors
Belt-Fastened Quivers
Kyne’s Breath – Weapon Pack
Alforttes Followers
Alternate Start
Apcalypse
Eli’s Breezehome Overhaul
Dwarven Luggage
Folkstead and the Border of Hammerfell
FOmod OK_Followers
Haafstad and the Border of High Rock
House Dres pt1 – UNderhanded Slavery
Hearthfire Multiple Adoptions
Immersive Citizens
Immersive Patrols
Isabella – Standalone Follower
Man Those Borders
Miqote Follower
My Home Is Your Home
Open Cities
Recorder – Standalone Follower
Solstice Castle
The Crossroads Inn
Unlimited Wood Chopping
Xanthys – Follower
Footprints 1.5.3
Static Mesh Improvement Mod
Beyond Reach
Book Covers
Osmodis – Texture Pack

Some Microsoft Teams users have questions about how Teams uses memory. This article describes how memory is used by Teams, and why the Teams desktop application (app) and the Teams web app do not prevent other apps and workloads on the same computer from having enough memory to run optimally. Teams is designed to use modern web technology. To achieve this, the Teams desktop client was developed on Electron, which uses Chromium for rendering. This is the same rendering engine behind many of today’s most popular browsers, including Edge and Chrome.

How Teams works

Teams being designed on Electron allows for faster development, and it also maintains parity between Teams versions across different operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux). This parity is possible because Electron and Chromium maintain a similar code base across all versions. Another advantage of this architecture is there’s a similar memory usage profile between the Teams web app and the desktop version. Both the web app and the desktop versions use memory in a similar way to how a browser would use it. More information about Electron is available at their Web site.

The following image shows side-by-side memory usages of the Teams desktop app for Windows and the Teams Web app (in this example, running in Google Chrome).

Memory usage in Teams

It is important to understand the expected behavior of Teams when it comes to system memory, and to know the symptoms of truly problematic system memory issues.

Expected memory usage by Teams

Whether you’re running the Teams desktop app or the Teams web app, Chromium detects how much system memory is available and utilizes enough of that memory to optimize the rendering experience. When other apps or services require system memory, Chromium gives up memory to those processes. Chromium tunes Teams memory usage on an ongoing basis in order to optimize Teams performance without impacting anything else currently running.

In this way, similar Chromium workloads can utilize varying amounts of memory, depending on the amount of system memory that is available.

The following graph depicts memory usage by Teams on four separate systems, each with different amounts of memory available. Each of the systems is processing similar workloads (same apps open and running).

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

When computers have more memory, Teams will use that memory. In systems where memory is scarce, Teams will use less.

Symptoms of system memory issues

If you see one or more of the following symptoms on your computer, you could have a serious system memory issue:

  • High memory use when multiple large applications are running simultaneously.
  • Slow system performance or applications hanging.
  • Sustained overall system memory usage of 90% or higher across all apps. With this amount of memory usage, Teams should be giving memory back to other apps and workloads. Sustained memory usage of 90% could mean Teams isn’t giving memory back to the system, which indicates a problem.

The following images show examples of views in Task Manager when system memory usage is abnormally high.

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How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

A new Windows operating system just arrived and with it, a truckload of fresh tweaks that’ll help it run faster, leaner and better. It’ll take a while before we’ve collected all the good tips but for now, here’s one that might make your experience with the OS a little snappier.

With Windows, it’s always best to disable any services or processes you don’t need and the latest update is no exception. As gHacks’ Martin Brinkmann discovered, Windows 10’s Shell Experience Host can eat up abnormal amounts of CPU time and memory with not much to show for it.

Fortunately, you can make it behave with a small change. It turns out the process acts up while trying to tint your windows to match your background. If you can do without this nicety, it’s easy enough to disable:

Tap on the Windows-key, type Settings and hit enter. Navigate to Personalization > Colors. Turn off “Automatically pick an accent color from my background”, and select a static color instead.

As you can likely deduce, this tells Windows to use a single colour to tint the user interface, rather than constantly trying to figure out what to use dynamically. Depending on how you’ve personalised your desktop, the improvement you see from this tweak will vary.

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I’m running Windows 10 on my old Netbook (and hating it) so I was going to follow your advice but it appears Windows 10 has opted for this setting already. It must do an assessment on your hardware and decided to do everything it could to help me limp along with 1GB RAM lol.

Did you upgrade ? I think it picked the setting based on what you had before. At least thats what I think it did for mine, since I have 16Gb of RAM

It must really suck for you. Right now, I just installed Windows 10 on my Notebook and clicked on Task Manager. It turns out, the OS is using 64% of all of my RAM (Note: I have 4GB . That’s insane! When i had Windows 8, it rarely used 64% of my RAM)
Even so, I have to admit this is waay better than Windows 8

I’ve got it on my netbook too, and there’s a few steps you can do that have a bigger impact if you’re on limited hardware:
1) Disable windows defender. It helps protect the computer so this isn’t recommended unless you’re very confident or foolhardy, but it’s the biggest speed improvement you will get. You can disable it via a registry setting or local group policy.
2) Disable start menu web search. It doesn’t affect general usage but makes it much faster for to use anything involving the start menu.

Other than that it’s down to hardware: I upped my netbook to 2gb ram. it’s still fine at 1gb, but a bare win10 boot uses 600+mb and doesn’t give you much room to play.
I’d also recommend an SSD if you have one spare one day. a 5400rpm netbook HDD is a bit of a bottleneck and swapping it out is guaranteed to improve performance (I’ve been tossing up whether to buy a budget 32gb SSD for $30, but that’s probably cutting it a bit too fine for me)

Seriously guys.. Its time to get with the program

Ideally ANY windows operating system from Windows 7 and above, the moment you install all the updates, install the office suite etc etc you need 8GB ram to run smoothly.

Forget 4GB of ram, you’re kidding yourself.

Get with reality and dont listen to the minimum / recommended requirement, you should always double them if you’re living in the REAL world :).

Wow. I say this because I’m currently typing this on my netbook with 2GB RAM whilst having Skype, Task Manager and Groove Music (playing 320kbps) open alongside Firefox. I can happily run Office, use Dolby HTv4 and stream YouTube at the same time… It’s also really old – Atom N570, 250GB HDD. It’s also reasonably snappy.

What version of windows 10 are you running ?

By: Waseem Patwegar

High Resource usage by Antimalware Service Executable is a common problem reported by users. You will find below the steps to Fix High RAM & CPU Usage by Antimalware Service Executable in Windows 10.

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Antimalware Service Executable High RAM & CPU Usage

Antimalware Service Executable (MsMPEng.exe) is a legitimate Windows service and not a virus or malware trying to cause damage on your computer.

Antimalware Service Executable is a part of Windows Security (previously called Windows Defender), and is designed to perform security tasks in the background.

In general, Antimalware Service can take up to 50% RAM, while Windows Security is performing a real time scan, full system scan or updating virus definitions on your computer.

Once the background security tasks are completed, your computer should return back to normal and allocate all the resources for Apps and programs running on your computer.

If your computer is constantly slowing down or freezing due to Antimalware Service Executable, you should be able to fix the problem using the following methods.

1. Disable Real Time Protection

High CPU, RAM and Disk usage by Antimalware service executable is usually caused by the Real Time Protection feature in Windows Security.

Go to Settings > Update & security > select Windows Security in the left-pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and click on Virus & threat protection .

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On the next screen, scroll down and click on Manage Settings option, located under “Virus & threat protection settings”.

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On the next screen, turn OFF Real-Time Protection.

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Note: This method disables Windows Defender for a temporary period. Windows will automatically enable Real Time Protection, the next time you login to your computer.

2. Disable Scheduled Tasks

Disabling Windows Defender scheduled tasks is another way to reduce Antimalware activity on your computer.

Open the Task Scheduler on your computer.

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In the left-pane, navigate to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Defender . In the right-pane, disable All the 4 Windows Defender Tasks .

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Once you disable these Tasks, High CPU usage and other problems due to Antimalware should be gone.

3. Install Another Antivirus Program

Windows Defender automatically disables itself, whenever Norton or any other third party antivirus program is installed on the computer.

Once Windows Defender is disabled, you will not notice Antimalware service consuming resources on your computer.

4. Permanently Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

If you do not want to use Microsoft Defender, it is possible to Disable Windows Defender permanently on your computer using Registry.

It is a good safety precaution to create system restore point before making Registry Edits on your computer.

Open Run Command > type Regedit in the Search box and click on OK .

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On Registry Editor screen, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender > Double-click on DisableAntiSpyware and change its Value Data from 0 to 1 .

This will Permanently Disable Windows Defender on your computer.

If you cannot find DisableAntiSpyware DWORD, right-click in an empty area in the right pane > select New and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value .

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Name the new Key as DisableAntiSpyware > Enter 1 in the Value Data field.

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Table of Contents Hide
  1. What’s a Byte?
  2. Data Break Down
  3. What about a kilobyte and a megabyte?
  4. What can I do with 100 MB mobile data?
  5. What’s 1 Megabyte (MB) of data equal to?
  6. How much is 100 MB phone storage?
  7. In terms of phone storage:
  8. Stay Ahead
  9. Self-restrict yourself

What’s a Byte?

What about a kilobyte and a megabyte?

What can I do with 100 MB mobile data?

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What’s 1 Megabyte (MB) of data equal to?

How much is 100 MB phone storage?

In terms of phone storage:

Information 100 MB storage
Photos 100-250
Music (mp3) Approx. 25 songs
Videos About 50 five-second videos but varies with size.
GIFs 100-200, depending upon the size.

Further, a G-Suite user can store up to 30 GB of content for free, whereas a Dropbox basic account includes 2 GB of space. Finally, when you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage.

So to sum up, 100 MB of storage won’t get you very far unless you’re just storing text-based content but again, with Apple’s Cloud and Google Drive, do we really need phone storage anymore?

Stay Ahead

  1. Navigate Settings > Mobile Data.
  2. Scroll down to check data usage within apps. You can also restrict access to any apps that use data here.
  1. Navigate Settings
  2. Network & Internet >Data usage.
  3. To see your mobile app data usage.

Self-restrict yourself

  • data plan
  • data usage
  • save data
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I have had some tough times the last few months and am going to have to do away with my pay as you go cell phone and have just got in the mail the free phone from government.

The new phone has 350 voice minutes and unlimited texts but it only has 1 GB of memory. How many MB’s does that calculate to being so I can keep a better track of what I can use per month? I do know the talk minutes will be around 6 hours so plan on texting more than talking. But the MB. to GB has me stumped.

That’s a great question Sandra! 1 GB of data would get you roughly:
1 hour of Netflix video on high quality
3 hours of watching Youtube videos
1.3 hours scrolling through Instagram
6 hours of watching videos on Facebook

And so on. We wrote an article on the subject a while ago. Check it out

If so, you may be wasting a lot of hard drive space. Steam makes it easy to download and play great Mac games. Steam hides your downloaded games, though, which makes it easy to waste dozens or hundreds of GB of hard drive space. Here’s how to reclaim it.

I just ran DaisyDisk on my Mac and discovered that I have more than 100 GB of files dedicated to Steam. I don’t play most of those games. Can I just delete them?

Valve’s popular Steam is a great way to download and play Mac games. The service makes it simple to pay for games, and services like Steam Play make it possible for you to pick up and start playing a saved game even months or years later. Updates are regularly pushed out, and Steam also offers game ladders and chat services so you can socialize yourself with other gamers.

When you first download Steam games, you’re asked if you want to create a shortcut for them. Those shortcuts look like apps, but Steam typically installs apps somewhere else: In a folder called Steam inside the Application Support folder in your Library folder. That’s made it really simple for Steam to squirrel away dozens, in some cases hundreds of GB of files on your hard drive without making it readily apparent.

Apps like DaisyDisk make it really easy to figure out what’s using up space on your hard drive; it took me just two or three clicks with DaisyDisk to figure out that Steam was eating almost 30 GB of space. There’s no similar feature in the Steam app to ascertain how much space in total is being used. You can certainly use DaisyDisk’s “collection” feature to grab unused games and delete them.

But I’d recommend restricting yourself to deleting unused Steam games from within the Steam client itself, however, just to make sure everything is removed properly.

How to delete Steam games you’ve already downloaded

  1. Open the Steam application by holding down the command button and pressing the spacebar, then typing Steam.
  2. Click on Steam’s Library tab to examine the games you already own. All the games that are currently installed will appear in white bold text in the library’s left sidebar window.
  3. To delete a game’s local content, hold down the control key. Click on the name of the game you’d like to delete, then select Delete Local Content.
  4. You’ll get a message telling you that all content related to that game will be deleted. It’s safe to click the Delete button.
  5. If you want to see how much space an app is using first, hold down the control button, click on the app name, select Properties, click on the Local Files tab. Disk usage will be listed near the top.

That’s it! With this tip you can safely delete all the game files you’re not actively playing. And thanks to Steam Play, all of your saved games remain in the cloud attached to your user ID, so the next time you download the game and install it, you can pick up right where you left off.

Performance Monitoring feature of Norton closely monitors your computer and alerts you when there is a more than normal amount of CPU or memory usage occurring. This alert also reports which component or application is using high memory. Most of the time, you can ignore these alerts. Some applications may use high memory while performing certain tasks, like trying to access the Internet, or display a page with lot of rich media content.

If you receive alerts from other applications, make sure that you have the latest version of those applications. Also run Windows updates to install all the available updates for your Windows.

If you receive frequent alerts from a particular component, and notice degraded computer performance, identify the component and take necessary action. When the alert appears, click the Details & Settings link to view additional details about the component. If the problem persists, we suggest that you upgrade Norton to the latest version.

Upgrade Norton

Click Update Me Now.

If the download does not start automatically, download the program manually.

On the File Download – Security Warning window, click Run.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

If you are already running the latest version of Norton or if the problem persists, skip to step 2.

Download Norton Power Eraser and run a scan (on Windows 11/10/8/7)

Depending on your version of Windows, download one of the following:
• On 64-bit Windows: Norton Power Eraser.
• On 32-bit Windows: Norton Power Eraser.

Press Ctrl + J key, to open the Downloads window in your browser, and double-click the NPE.exe file.

If the User Account Control window prompts, click Yes or Continue.

Read the license agreement and click Agree.

If you have already accepted the license agreement, you will not be prompted again.

Norton Power Eraser checks for and automatically downloads the new version if available.

In the Norton Power Eraser window, select Full System Scan, and click Run Now.

If you want to include the Rootkit scan, click Settings, and under Scan and Log Settings, toggle the option Include Rootkit scan (requires a computer restart) and click Apply.

When you see a prompt to restart the computer, click Restart.

Wait for the scan to complete. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Download Norton Power Eraser and run a scan (on Windows XP/Vista)

Press Ctrl + J key, to open the Downloads window in your browser, and double-click the NPE.exe file.

If the User Account Control window prompts, click Yes or Continue.

Read the license agreement, and click Accept.

Norton Power Eraser checks for and prompts to download the new version if available.

In the Norton Power Eraser window, click the Scan for Risks icon.

By default, Norton Power Eraser performs a Rootkit scan and requires a system restart. When you see a prompt to restart the computer, click Restart.

If you do not want to include the Rootkit scan, go to Settings, and uncheck the option Include Rootkit scan (requires a computer restart).

Wait for the scan to complete. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternatively, you can disable the performance alerts from Norton. To know more, read: Configuring performance alerts in Norton

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How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

As the pandemic began to spread and more offices opted for a remote working environment last year, collaboration and communication tools became the norm. Some older players like Microsoft Teams and Google Meet that existed before the pandemic also opened up access to the public. While there’s no official app for Meet so far, Microsoft Teams has apps for almost every modern platform.

Like most modern cross-platform apps built to work on Windows, macOS and Linux, Microsoft Teams is based on the open-source Electron project. Electron is based on Chromium, which means every app that runs on Electron needs to also load the Chromium code and associated libraries in order to function properly.

However, Electron apps can sometimes suffer from severe memory issues, similar to the complaints that have plagued Chrome users over the years. However, there are ways to mitigate the memory consumption issue on Teams, and you can use these tips for other Electron-based apps that have memory usage issues too.

1. Uninstall and reinstall the Teams app for desktop

Unlike apps like WhatsApp that currently only work on one device, Teams stores all of your chats on Microsoft’s servers so they can be accessed from multiple devices and from the web. This means that even if you uninstall and reinstall Teams, all your chats will still remain available when you log in again. You can uninstall Teams from the Windows ‘Add and Remove Programs’ section, and reinstall by downloading the latest version from Microsoft’s site.

2. Clear the Teams’ app’s cache

Performing an uninstall and then reinstalling Teams may only be a temporary fix. If the memory usage issues are back after re-installing and rebooting your PC, then you can shut down the Teams app, and navigate to the C:\\ drive and open your AppData folder. Open the Microsoft folder and then enter the teams folder. You must delete the folders titled Cache, GPU Cache, blob_storage, databases, IndexedDB and Local Storage. You can then reboot your PC and check if the app continues to use up RAM.

3. Disable GPU acceleration

Depending on what sort of computer you have at home, Microsoft Teams can make use of features like graphics acceleration by loading some user interface elements with a dedicated graphics card. While this can come in handy, it can also cause issues on hardware that has not been configured properly (for e.g. lack of proper drivers) so it is worth disabling GPU hardware acceleration in the Microsoft Teams settings section.

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If you put too much data in your MongoDB database, it will run your server out of memory. It can do that quickly too, so quick that you will not even be able to shutdown the mongo db process as the bash shell will no longer respond.

The solution to this is add another node to your cluster.

We illustrate what a server looks when it runs out of memory by purposely adding more data to an 8 GB machine than it can support and then running queries against that. Then we show what the logs looks like and what tools you can use to monitor this situation.

At 215 MB of data this server consistently used 11% of memory when hitting it with multiple searches. Then we added 3.5 GB of data at which point it locked up when it reached 92% memory usage.

(This article is part of our MongoDB Guide. Use the right-hand menu to navigate.)

When MongoDB Runs Out of Memory, Add Another Node

MongoDB is not an in-memory database. Although it can be configured to run that way. But it makes liberal use of cache, meaning data records kept memory for fast retrieval, as opposed to on disk.

There is much bad information on StackOverflow about what to do when your server runs out of memory. In sum, the mongod process will consume more and more memory as it fills up its cache. So people have reasoned that if your computer is running out of memory then you should limit the memory made available to MongoDB. But there is no such setting.

MongoDB, in its default configuration, will use will use the larger of either 256 MB or ½ of (ram – 1 GB) for its cache size.

You can limit the MongoDB cache size by adding the cacheSizeGB argument to the /etc/mongod.conf configuration file, as shown below. But MongoDB uses both its internal cache and the system’s file system cache. So limiting it in one place will cut make it consume more in the other. So that’s not a solution.

Free Monitoring Service From MongoDB

You should take advantage of the free monitoring service offered by MongoDB. That’s hosted on their web site, but that does not mean you need to use their cloud service (Atlas). It works with your own servers.

To use that, open the mongo shell and then paste in this command:

Part of their web page looks likes like this. You can see that on this 8GB machine it’s out of memory.This will cause MongoDB to send usage stats to their website where they will track those status and host it in a web page for you. They give you a URL to track your site. That’s a persistent URL as they assign a unique ID to your installation.

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Show Memory MongoDB Usage

These metrics include cpu usage, etc. Above I show just the memory section. That is:

  • resident—amount of actual physical memory (RAM) used by a process.
  • virtual—RAM plus memory that has extended to the file system cache, i.e. virtual memory.
  • mapped—MongoDB since version 3.2 does not do memory mapping of files anymore. That was used by the previous memory management module called MMAPv1. Now it uses WiredTiger by default.

To check your file system cache run free -k to show available virtual memory in kilobytes. Below is what my server looked like over 5 minute intervals when I ran the machine out of memory. The column to note is available. Divide the number shown by 1024*1024 to convert this number to gigabytes.

Of course you can use top -p (mongod pid) to monitor memory too. VIRT and RES are virtual and resident memory. Below you see that mongod is using 91% of the system’s memory in this example. At that point the system became unresponsive.

You can also get memory usage statistics from MongoDB in the shell:

If you have even done C or C++ programming you will be familiar with malloc. That is the system function you call when you need to reserve memory for your machine. When MongoDB can no longer do that these warnings start showing up in /var/log/mongodb/mongod.log:

Until it finally says:

You can also log into mongo and repeat the two commands below (you need to execute both to update the output) to watch your memory usage spike as your server goes downhill.

Here is the output. As you can see it has exhausted all the available memory on this 8GB machine.You can also log into mongo and repeat the two commands below (you need to execute both to update the output) to watch your memory usage spike as your server goes downhill.

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Tired of waiting for your game update or new game download? Here’s a tip to speed up your connection to Steam and spend your time playing, not waiting.

Nicole Cozma has an affinity for Android apps and devices, but loves technology in general. Based out of the Tampa Bay Area, she enjoys being a spectator to both sunsets and lightning storms.

Steam defines itself as “the ultimate entertainment platform.” Its software, available for PC, Mac, and mobile devices, allows people to “play, connect, [and] create.” Its gaming library has more than 2,000 titles and it has approximately 40 million users. If you’re one of those 40 million, you know what a pain it can be to wait for a game to update or for a new one to download — it’s not the speediest process.

Here’s how to make the wait time a little less painful:

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Open the Steam settings page. This can be accessed by right-clicking the Steam icon in the system tray and selecting Settings from the menu that appears.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

In the Settings window, there will be many tabs full of all sorts of options and settings that you can play with. The settings we’re interested in are under the Downloads + Cloud tab.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Two of the settings here can help increase your download speed. First, make sure the drop-down labeled “Approximate speed of your Internet connection” is properly set to, well, the approximate speed of your Internet connection.

Second, play around with the Download region drop-down settings. Your best bet is going to be the closest location to you, but factors like the internet connection between you and that location or volume of traffic to that server may tip the scale in the favor of a server further away.

Adjusting these settings will require you to restart your Steam client before the changes come into effect. Hopefully you’ll notice faster download speeds after the restart. If there’s no change — or worse, your connection seems slower — play around more with the download region setting until you find a reliable, low-traffic server.

For live streamers taking their first steps into the live streaming industry, Streamlabs Desktop provides a feature that automatically scans…

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For live streamers taking their first steps into the live streaming industry, Streamlabs Desktop provides a feature that automatically scans your internet speed and computer hardware to give you our recommended settings for your particular set up. It’s a fantastic way to jump right in without having to fiddle with the finer details.

For those that are a bit more technically savvy, today we are going to discuss some of the settings you can adjust within Streamlabs Desktop to help ensure optimal quality.

Settings

Having settings that are too high for your computer’s hardware can cause performance issues for your live stream. To adjust these settings, open Streamlabs Desktop and click on the settings cog in the lower left-hand corner.

Choose an Encoder

To change your encoder, navigate to “Output” in the settings window.

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When it comes to encoders, there are two types: software (x264) and hardware (NVENC). The software encoder (x264) will use your CPU to encode video, while hardware encoders like NVENC will offload the encoding process to your GPU. Picking the encoder that works best for you depends on a few factors.

In general, the output quality of a given bitrate for GPU-based encoders won’t be as high as software encoders. However, the advantage is a decreased load on your CPU.

If you have a particularly powerful GPU or a dedicated streaming PC, consider using a hardware encoder. In most cases, the software encoder (x264) will be able to handle the encoding process, as long as your CPU isn’t being overly taxed in other areas.

To ensure your CPU isn’t being overworked, you can adjust a few settings to optimize for performance and quality.

Quality and Resolution

The output of your video resolution can have a significant impact on the quality of your live stream and the performance of Streamlabs Desktop. For example, streaming at 1080p vs 720p will double the number of pixels, meaning your computer will be using more resources.

To adjust your resolution, select “Video” from the side panel in the setting window.

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You can leave the base (canvas) resolution as 1920x 1080 since, in most cases, that is the standard size of the content you are streaming. It is, however, recommended to lower the Output (Scaled) Resolution since streaming in 1080p can have a significant impact on your CPU. We recommend lowering the Output (Scaled) Resolution to 1280×720 for a good balance between performance and quality.

Change the CPU Usage Preset

To change the CPU usage preset, navigate to “Output” in the settings window.

The usage preset refers to how fast the CPU encodes video. The faster it encodes, the less CPU it uses. By default, this is set to “Very Fast”, which provides the best balance between performance and quality.

Enable Dynamic Bitrate

In the latest update to Streamlabs Desktop, we included a feature called Dynamic Bitrate. This feature allows our software to automatically adjusts your bitrate based on network conditions to prevent dropping frames.

Having a static bitrate can cause frames to drop because if your connection is unable to keep up, it will drop frames to improve the stability of your stream and minimize latency.

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To enable Dynamic Bitrate, make sure you download the latest version of Streamlabs Desktop. Navigate to “Advanced” in the settings window. Scroll down and toggle the box next to the option that says “Dynamically change bitrate when dropping frames while streaming”.

Want to change your bitrate manually? Check out our guide to get the best bitrate settings for live streaming.

Please remember, everybody’s set up is going to be different so make sure to play around with the settings yourself to find out what works best for you.

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If the desktop window manager process memory usage is high, follow these simple steps to quickly fix the problem in Windows 10.

The desktop window manager (dwm.exe) is a system process. It is responsible for drawing windows on the screen and adding pretty effects like transparency, animations, etc. Put simply, the desktop window manager is responsible for almost all GUI (Graphical User Interface) elements in Windows 10. As such, the desktop window manager is an important process and you cannot stop or disable it.

Back in the Vista days, the desktop window manager is a separate service to handle the animations and other effects. This allowed users to disable it to improve system performance. However, starting from Windows 7, the desktop window manager is deeply integrated into Windows and can no longer be disabled individually.

A vast majority of Windows 10 users never need to know or worry about the Desktop Window Manager process. After all, it just sits in the background and consumes very little memory (less than 50 to 100 MB) all the while doing the work as efficiently as possible.

However, the desktop window manager’s memory usage can higher under certain circumstances. For example, I’ve seen the desktop window manager process using over 4 gigs of memory even while sitting idle. This can cause problems for other applications and processes, especially in systems with 8GB or less memory.

If your desktop window manager (dwm.exe) memory usage is high, follow these steps to fix it.

Fix Desktop Window Manager High Memory Usage

To fix the desktop window manager high memory usage problem in Windows 10, follow the list of steps given below.

  1. Update video drivers
  2. Adjust performance settings
  3. Run performance troubleshooter in Windows 10
  4. Clean boot Windows 10
  5. Scan for virus or malware

1. Update video drivers

The first and foremost thing you should do is make sure your graphics or video drivers are up-to-date. It doesn’t matter whether you are using integrated graphics or dedicated graphics, having the latest driver is important. Mainly because the bugs in outdated drivers are known to cause Desktop Window Manager high memory usage. Follow the below steps to update video drivers in Windows 10.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu.
  2. Select “Device Manager.”
  3. Expand “Display Drivers.”
  4. Right-click on the video driver.
  5. Select “Update driver.”
  6. Click on “Search automatically for drivers.”
  7. Windows will now install updated drivers if they are available.

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In case of Nvidia or AMD graphics cards, you can also use the Nvidia Control Center or AMD Radeon Software to update the display drivers.

2. Adjust performance settings

If Windows is configured to prioritize appearance over performance, it can cause the desktop window manager to use more memory. To deal with that, you either set it to high performance or let window decide what’s best for your system. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu.
  2. Select the “System” option.
  3. Click on “Advanced system settings” under the related settings section.
  4. Click on “Settings” under the Performance section.
  5. Select “Adjust for best performance.”
  6. Click “Ok.”

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As soon as you select the “Adjust for best performance” option, Windows will disable all the animations, effects, and other eye candy. This should reduce the high memory usage by the desktop window manager process. You can also try setting the Performance Setting to “Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer.” Choosing this option makes Windows choose the animations and effects that don’t adversely affect your system.

3. Run performance troubleshooter in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a basic performance troubleshooter to find and fix problems. Here is how to use it.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search for “Command Prompt.”
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt.
  4. Select “Run as administrator.”
  5. Execute the below command.
    msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic
  6. After running the troubleshooter, close the Command Prompt window.
  7. This should fix the desktop window manager’s high memory usage.

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Sometimes, you might have to restart the system after running the performance troubleshooter.

4. Clean boot Windows 10

Under certain circumstances, other processes, applications, or services might interfere with the desktop window manager process and cause it to use more memory. In that case, you can do a clean boot to find the offending program or process. Once you find that, simply uninstall or disable it and the desktop window manager high memory usage problem will be fixed.

5. Scan for virus or malware

If your system is infected with a virus or malware, it is highly possible that they are interfering with the desktop window manager or might have replaced the legit dwm.exe with an infected dwm.exe process. In those cases, it is best to do a full system scan to find and remove the virus or malware infection.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

Let me elaborate.
While installing a game or moving it from a drive to another it takes double space. After that it goes back to normal.
I tried to install Witcher 3 (about 50GB) on my SSD. It had 70 GB free space. After a while a popup appeared on my screen telling me that the C drive is full. The game wasn’t fully installed either.

Is there something I’m missing?

gijjabijja and instead wants to only back up to the full 70+. shenanigans.

Download size is not install size! Downloads are already compressed. Also Steam first downloads a file before moving it to the actual directory, so with huge archive files you can easily take up double space.

Is there something I’m missing?

Is there something I’m missing?

more hard drive space

Is there something I’m missing?

more hard drive space

I forgot to mention this. I also have 2x1TB half empty HDD drives. In the end I did install the game on one of those drives. That’s how I noticed the game takes double the space while installing.

So, I still don’t understand why steam does this.

eny work around i would like to reinstall Middle-Earth :Shadow of war but only got 110,000 ish MB space and it take around 100,000 MB

Size on install screen 90gb.

Download size is reduced by approx 1/3 to 60gb.

Installed space required 150gb (60gb download + 90gb install).

Download is unpacked and written to install location.

Upon completion the 60gb space taken by download is freed up and the space becomes available again.

For piece of mind double the size indicated by the install screen.

eny work around i would like to reinstall Middle-Earth :Shadow of war but only got 110,000 ish MB space and it take around 100,000 MB

You shouldn’t be limiting the free space of your hard drive like that. There’s no reason to fill every byte. As a matter of fact, you do more harm to your system by doing so as it severely limits the space that it has to operate in, thereby slowing it down. You should always maintain a specific amount of open space, or what we call “overhead” . As you use files and they change, your drive needs somewhere to write to before it deletes the older version. You need space to download, decompress, decrypt, and install. Space is used for caching.

Either delete some games already on it that you’re not playing or invest in a bigger or extra hard drive.

more hard drive space

I forgot to mention this. I also have 2x1TB half empty HDD drives. In the end I did install the game on one of those drives. That’s how I noticed the game takes double the space while installing.

So, I still don’t understand why steam does this.

It’s simply because it doesn’t just dump the game as it ends up. It’s encrypted data, so it needs to reserve both the space it will need for it’s eventual storage PLUS workspace to do all the fiddly unencrypting.

So it’s usually about double the space and somtimes more.

Think of it like this – physical filing with paper a filing cabinets. You are moving one file to another cabinet – easy. Same space needed. But what if that file needs to be reorganized before refiling. Well then you need a table to sort it on, then the final space in the filing cabinet. You see?

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Steam game downloads take time, so here are some tips you can try to increase your Steam download speeds.

Steam is the largest distribution platform for PC games, with a library of more than 30,000 games, and more being added on a daily basis.

Whether you’re looking for the latest indie gem, or monster hits like CS:GO, Steam has it all. With some games taking up half your disk space, however, waiting for your new game to download can be a pretty tedious process.

How to Speed Up Steam Downloads

If you want to increase download speeds on Steam, you can (if you know how). Here’s what you’ll need to do.

1. Changing Steam Download Region

One way to quickly improve your Steam download speeds is to change your Steam download region in the settings menu.

  1. To start, open Steam and press Steam > Settings.
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  2. Press the Downloads option in the left-hand menu.
    How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb
  3. Set your nearest Download region in the drop-down menu.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

If this setting is set too far from your current location, your download speeds might be slower than you’d expect. By changing the download region to servers closer to you, it should help to increase your overall Steam download speeds.

You should try to choose the closest server to your location, but if this is still slower than you’d like, experiment a little. As long as you don’t stray too far, you may find that an alternative location is used less (offering more bandwidth for you to use).

2. Limit Bandwidth Usage in Steam

With experimentation, you should be able to find the best settings to maximize your download speeds. You’ll also need to make sure Steam isn’t limited your bandwidth usage, however.

To do this, make sure that the Limit bandwidth to setting is set to No limit in the Steam Settings > Downloads menu.

This will ensure that Steam doesn’t try to throttle your connection, giving Steam full access to use your maximum download speeds to download games quicker.

You’ll need to restart Steam for the new settings to take effect. Hopefully, you will notice improved download speeds with these settings applied, but it isn’t guaranteed.

3. Stop Other Bandwidth Usage Elsewhere

Your download speeds will never be as good as they could be if Steam is fighting for bandwidth with other applications or devices on your network.

To help Steam get the job done, close any other applications such as your browsers that may be trying to hog the connection. You should also turn off any other internet-enabled devices that could be using your connection at the same time.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

If you like to stream, make sure that no one else in your household is streaming content from Netflix or other sources while Steam is downloading.

You want to make sure that as much of your bandwidth as possible is devoted to downloading your next game.

4. Prioritize Steam Traffic

Some routers give you the option to prioritize traffic to a specific device. They may also allow you to prioritize certain traffic across your network.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

This means that more bandwidth will be given to your computer helping to speed up your downloads. If you have a router that has this option, try prioritizing Steam traffic to speed things up.

You’ll need to consult the manual for your modem or router to do this effectively.

5. Switch to an Ethernet Connection or Faster WiFi

Your WiFi connection may be pretty good, but a wired ethernet connection will always be the better option. Where you can, use an ethernet cable to connect your gaming PC to your router (and internet connection) directly.

This will offer the fastest speeds and bandwidth compared to WiFi connections, which can suffer from interference, slower speeds, and more.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

For many of us, our routers are nowhere near our gaming rigs, however. Laying ethernet cable throughout your home isn’t always an option, either. To get around this problem, you could consider using a mesh network, setting up a node that you can connect to your computer via ethernet.

You may also prefer to use powerline extenders, that allow you to route ethernet traffic over your electricity cabling. Any of these methods may help you to gain a little bit of extra speed and performance out of your network connection for better Steam speeds.

Of course, if you can’t escape your WiFi connection, you might need to battle the interference. Move closer to your WiFi router or, where possible, upgrade your WiFi router to a faster model. Newer WiFi standards, such as 802.11ac (WiFi 5), offer significant speed and bandwidth enhancements over older versions.

If your router doesn’t supports faster WiFi speeds, you (and your Steam downloads) are missing out.

6. Try Another Connection

If your Steam downloads are really slow, you may need to consider a more drastic approach. If your PC is portable, try borrowing a friend or family member’s internet connection to get the job done.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

A faster connection is the best way to guarantee you can speed up your Steam downloads. If the game is too big for your connection to handle, you’ll be up-and-running quicker. Alternatively, you could use a mobile hotspot and your mobile data allowance to download Steam games if you have an unlimited data allowance and a 4G or 5G connection.

However, make sure this doesn’t breach your network provider’s terms of service. If your allowance doesn’t include tethering, you might find yourself stung by a large bill for data usage afterwards.

Download Games on Steam

Speeding up your Steam download speeds can help you shave hours off a large game download—essential for new games or big game updates.

There are other tricks you can try to help make your Steam experience even better. If your collection of games is getting big, you can learn how to hide games on Steam to hide games you don’t play, or consider installing Steam for Mac if you’re looking to game on a Mac.

Most importantly, make sure you learn how to keep your Steam account secure. Losing your account may mean throwing thousands of dollars worth of games down the drain, so taking precautions makes sense.

Love playing this game, but it seems to be forcing more out of my GPU than neccesary.
This is my current build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/t3DpQV

When playing this game on Ultra, I can get over 60FPS but get heavy FPS drops when driving(Sometimes going down to 10 or even less.)
Switching the game to low, I can see my FPS go up to about 140. However, I still get HUGE FPS drops(Still going down to 10ish).

I’ve tried limiting the frames in the config file, but that didn’t work or maybe I did it wrong?
I’ve use GeForce to omtpoize the game to the lowest possible settings and now it looks like I’m playing a first iteration of a PC over-top looking game to the point where I can count the pixels. 200FPS, still get drops, and my GPU remains at 100% usage!

I really love this game, and want to keep playing. But Every 3-5 minutes I crash my truck because the game freezes(hitting 10 FPS) and suddenly jerks me forward 200 feet when the PC catches up.

Edit: In the process of uploading a video which shows me dropping more than 100FPS, just driving down a desert road to hopefully show how this game is acting(At the lowest settings)

well your fps will drop to lower fps because of people in game that are grouped up in towns like say if there were 10 or more people it may make the game lag and render a bit but then once it does it goes back to normal its been that way even in euro truck simulator 2

well if you play multiplayer its mainly other irl people playing

What resolution? I play max settings 400%scaling and my 980 to will hit around 75% usage, usually lower. That will be at 60fps at 1920×1080 with vsync on.

Well something very wrong going on there as I took a look at your system build.
IT should be fine at run 60 FPS solid at max settings IMO with that build.

I’ll post my system specs as a comparision, same card GPU as you.

Windows 10 64 | RAM; 32GB
Mobo; Asus MB P8Z68-V PRO Gen3
CPU: Intel i7-2600K @4.4 GHz o/c
GPU: MSI GTX 980 TI Gaming G1
Main Display: Dell U2410 1920×1200,
Samsung 850 EVO 512GB

Using latest Nvidia drivers not that it matters in this case.

I run the game maxed on all settings with exception of shadows at High instead of Ultra.
400 percent scaling.

60 FPS steady for 90 percent plus of the time with occasional dips in mid 50’s noted.

I don’ t try to run the game at above 60 fps so that is hard capped in settings, I have
no idea why anyone would want to run above 60 fps. I would suggest you try capping that first.

I would suggest uninstalling GEForce garbage, I did that years ago it is nothing but a system
hog and I have nothing good to say about that package.

THe only other thing I could see that MAY be a issue in your case (not saying it is)
is the CPU. As memory serves here according to task manager my CPU (Ancient)
only burns at around 25 to 35 percent or so for this game.
GPU at around 60- overal Percent usage overall while in game.

OH, forgot to mention as a additional .. I do run 2 mod maps, C2C and Canadian Dreams,
and will so add the MExican map packs. I have no issues with those added in in regard
to FPS. Have run all 3 in past before pre 1.32.

Plus a few maintained mod trucks that work in 1.32 and all of Jazzypack traffic mods.
so even with all that plus much more still 60FPS.

I think my GPU may be dying. I’ve been noticing more lately that it’s having more and more trouble with games I used to not even think twice about.

I’ll save up for a 2080Ti to get around January and hope that sorts it out.

Edit: I just ran Minecraft at decent settings, but capped FPS at 15..
100% usage of my GPU. Wtf. Guess it must be my card..

I was going to ask if that CPU had built in Intel graphics but I see it does not after
2nd look at link you provided in OP. (for some reason first time I read that link I swear
I saw a I3 listed. Yah, no way that CPU could be a issue so ignore that comment from above.

Well your last post indicates something is very off for sure. I suppose one could
triple check good air flow, perhaps dust bunnies choking GPU or fan(s) acting poorly.

You might try something like MSI afterburner software to moniter GPU performance
while testing with various programs. Or similar, EGA makes one too but I prefer MSI
Afterburner for monitoring .LI don’t bother with overclocking GPU at all I just use it to monitor
on occasions.

I presume you are not trying to overclock the GPU, if so perhaps disable all that jazz and
stick to default.

If you are relying on that (exlpletive) GEForce software for game settings I’d make sure it is not doing something stupid and check the 3d settings manually and alter as needed. (Using Nvidia
Control Panel and under ‘3d Settings’ SOmething may be tweaked badly in either Global Settings or Per Program Settings.
In my case on my system ATS isn’t even listed in the Per Program settings so its defaulting
to GLobal and of course what I set in game itself. I’d have to manually add it to Nvidia Settings , you may have to do same.

My other thought just now give Minecraft is actding up too . maybe a power supply
issue on the rails that connect to the GPU power connectors.

MSI afterburner or the like should shed light on those possible issues.

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FAQ, Internet Speed Guides, Streaming Guides

If you don’t remember the last time you hooked up your TV to an antenna, you’re not alone. Streaming video is just the norm now for most folks. But it’s also one of the most bandwidth-intensive—and frequent—activities we do online. Nowadays it’s not uncommon for kids to be streaming Sesame Street on their iPads downstairs while their parents are upstairs watching Tiger King, or to have your roommate binge-watching Game of Thrones while you’re watching live sports.

How can your internet connection keep up? We’ll help you figure it out. When looking at the recommended speeds for each platform below, make sure to add up all the different services that could be running at the same time. And don’t forget to budget a few Mbps for people who might be trying to work while everyone else is streaming.

How much speed do you need for your streaming service?

Before we get started, you may want to test your internet speed first so you can compare it to the recommended speeds.

What do I need to stream video?

With everyone spending more time at home over the last few years, streaming video services like Netflix and Disney+ have become a ubiquitous part of life. If you’re a cable TV customer thinking about cutting the cord once and for all, this is the place to start.

The first thing you need is a good internet connection. That not only means an internet plan that can meet the basic speed requirements, but also one that’s not going to run out of data. Streaming video is one of the most data-intensive things you can do online, so look for a service that has a high data cap or, preferably, an internet plan with unlimited data.

The next thing you need is a streaming service. Most services provide TV shows and movies on demand, but there are also some—like YouTube TV—that offer live TV channels, just like cable TV. Many of these services offer free trials, and some—like Crackle and YouTube—are completely free. Instead of charging you for a subscription, their revenue comes from ads.

If you don’t know which service to sign up for, try a few and see which ones have the content you’re looking for. If you’re looking for more information check out these other articles:

Popular internet browsers are known to hog RAM. This is the reason why many users are interested to know which browser uses the least memory. However, using less memory doesn’t make it the best browser. In this article, we have discussed 4 of the popular browsers Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Chrome, and which one uses the least memory.

Which Browser Uses The Least Memory?

Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Chrome are some of the most used browsers. Below is a comparison to find the least memory using browser among those mentioned above. We have chosen 10 websites to conduct this experiment and find low memory web browsers. The websites chosen are given below:

  1. DIGICRUNCHER
  2. Gmail
  3. Facebook
  4. Wikipedia
  5. YouTube
  6. Amazon
  7. Microsoft
  8. Steam
  9. Twitch
  10. Mixer

We conducted this experiment on a PC running AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with 8 GB RAM and Windows 10 (64 bit) operating system. This reflects most of the devices out there, the result of this experiment should be relatable for almost everyone.

4) Mozilla Firefox

Update: After Firefox’s latest update, it is consuming around the same amount of memory as Chrome.

It will probably be very surprising for most of you that Firefox uses the most memory among the others on this list.

After opening all of the above-given sites in Firefox, I found that it was consuming around 1722 MB of memory, which is astonishingly high. Before making this experiment, I never thought that Firefox will be the worst-performing browser as Mozilla proudly advertises that their browser consumes less memory while providing faster browsing.

Among the browsers that don’t use a lot of memory, Firefox has always been mentioned. The CPU usage was around 3.5% average and it loaded 11 processes in total.

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3) Google Chrome

Chrome is the 3 rd most memory user among the four browsers. This isn’t much surprising, and I expected Chrome to use the memory as we all know how much it is known to hog RAM.

Chrome used around 900 MB of space, which is still high. However, it is almost half of what Firefox used. And Chrome on even comes with better apps and features than Firefox.

The CPU usage by Chrome was around 2.5 – 2.8 % and it had 18 processes running, which is a lot more than Firefox.

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2) Opera

Opera did a better job than Chrome in terms of using memory. It used around 790 MB of memory, which is slightly lesser than Chrome. Opera is known to be a light browser, which is why it is shocking to see it only be a little better than Chrome in terms of memory usage.

Opera had 25 processes open, which is the most among the other browsers mentioned here. It also used around 1-1.5 % of CPU.

Opera might consume less memory than Chrome, however, Chrome is a far better browser in terms of user convenience and safety than Opera. And seeing that Opera browser memory usage is only slightly better than Chrome, there isn’t much benefit in using Opera over Chrome.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

1) Microsoft Edge

Edge did the best when it came to memory usage. It used around 640 MB, which is three times less than Firefox. After Edge shifted to Chromium, it has become much better.

Edge used 3.2 – 3.5% of CPU while running 20 processes. Edge looks to be a great browser to shift from Google Chrome, especially for users that have low RAM.

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Wrapping Up

So, there you have it. Now you know which browser uses the least memory among Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera. If you have questions related to this article, feel free to ask them in the comment section below.

About Sanmay Chakrabarti

Sanmay is a Windows Insider and editor at Digicruncher. He is a Tech enthusiast and has been writing tech blogs for over 2 years now. He loves reading books, traveling to new places and listening to music in his free time.

Comments

I just checked and actually the less consuming is Brave

yes you are right. Brave uses the least.

This is literally what I came here to confirm, even though it’s built on Chromium. Thanks!

I have also noticed that Edge is best at minimizing memory usage. But Edge also provides the least privacy protection among all browsers. So how does one balance this?

Sanmay Chakrabarti says

My personal opinion is always to use the browser that meets your needs. If you have an old PC, then browsing on Edge may be the best option.
Other than that, Edge has improved a lot on the other factors, especially the UI. I personally have started using Edge more and so far enjoying it. The security aspect is a concern, but seeing the improvements over the year, I think they will get it right soon.

larry jacobs says

I don’t know what neighborhood you live in, but I haven’t seen in a home, or worked on, any computer with 8 gigs of RAM. If i had 8 gigs, I wouldn’t worry about it. Windows 7 32 bit cannot even use the full 4 GB I have in my desktop. Many people are running that OS. I do see some computers running 4 gigs. My laptop (notebook/netbook) has 2 GB. I also see many computers running 2 GB. That is why browser memory usage is a problem !! I am using Opera, although I’m not happy with it. It is better than Chrome for several reasons. And Mozilla/Firefox is a complete disaster !

16gb is about average for modern PC’s.

when i decided to shift from chrome to other browser because of 1GB RAM old PC, i decided to go to edge, firefox, palemoon, slimjet and so many other browers but the problems(taking so many time to open and freezing continuously ) were not solving. and one day i have downloaded brave browser and it is working very good in my pc, its not that the problem is fully solved but its improved quite well.

All the reviews I’ve seen never mention Avant Browser. It’s a triple-engine browser like Lunascape, but not as sluggish. In my Task Manager it never consumes more than 5MB.

Please provide values below to convert kilobyte [kB] to megabyte [MB], or vice versa.

Kilobyte

Definition: A kilobyte (symbol: kB) is equal to 10 3 bytes (1000 bytes), where a byte is a unit of digital information that consists of eight bits (binary digits).

History/origin: The kilobyte is based on the byte, which is derived from the bit, and is a unit that makes use of SI (International System of Units) prefixes. The term byte was coined in 1956 by Werner Buchholz. In 1998, the International Electrotechnical Commission defined new prefixes for the byte to be used in addition to their SI (International System of Units) counterparts, with the intent that the SI prefixes would be used when referencing 1000 bytes. The new prefixes would be used when referencing multiples of 1024 bytes (2 10 ), which is the binary definition of bytes used in information technology.

Current use: Bytes are widely used when referencing data storage, particularly storage media such as hard drives, flash-based storage, and DVDs, though these are more often presented in terms of larger multiples of bytes such as megabytes or gigabytes. Kilobytes are more commonly used for smaller files like text documents.

Megabyte

Definition: A megabyte (symbol: MB) is equal to 10 6 bytes (1000 2 bytes), where a byte is a unit of digital information that consists of eight bits (binary digits).

History/origin: The megabyte is based on the byte, which is derived from the bit, and is a unit that makes use of SI (International System of Units) prefixes. The prefix “mega” can be ambiguous; the SI use of “mega” would indicate that a megabyte is 1,000,000 bytes, or 1000 2 bytes, but a base of 1024 (rather than 1000) is also used in information technology as a convenient way to express byte multiples as powers of 2. In 1998, the International Electrotechnical Commission attempted to address this by defining new prefixes to indicate a base of 1024 rather than 1000. Rather than using the prefix “mega,” within this system of prefixes, 1024 2 is referred to as a mebibyte.

Current use: Megabytes are widely used in data storage for file sizes (documents, photos, videos, etc.) as well as for storage devices such as flash drives or, in the past, floppy disks. Today however, storage devices are typically larger, often involving either gigabytes (1000 3 bytes) or terabytes (1000 4 ) of data.

Kilobyte to Megabyte Conversion Table

Kilobyte [kB] Megabyte [MB]
0.01 kB 9.765625E-6 MB
0.1 kB 9.76562E-5 MB
1 kB 0.0009765625 MB
2 kB 0.001953125 MB
3 kB 0.0029296875 MB
5 kB 0.0048828125 MB
10 kB 0.009765625 MB
20 kB 0.01953125 MB
50 kB 0.048828125 MB
100 kB 0.09765625 MB
1000 kB 0.9765625 MB

How to Convert Kilobyte to Megabyte

1 kB = 0.0009765625 MB
1 MB = 1024 kB

Example: convert 15 kB to MB:
15 kB = 15 × 0.0009765625 MB = 0.0146484375 MB

Sometimes people like to panic when their computer’s resources seem to be maxed out. While CPUs and hard disks may suffer from high usage, RAM doesn’t necessarily slow down your computer when it appears to be running low.

When you have a bunch of programs open, your computer’s running slowly, and your RAM is maxed out, you’re experiencing the bad side of high memory usage. Chances are your computer is caching to disk instead of RAM and that’s just slow in general. If this is the case, you may need more RAM. That said, your RAM may still appear to be in full use even if your computer is running just fine. This is good, as your computer is simply filling your RAM up with cache files. How-To Geek explains:

Whether your RAM is full of cached files or completely empty, it’s all available for programs that really need it. Cached data in your RAM is marked as low-priority, and it’s instantly discarded as soon as the memory is needed for something else. Because this data can be instantly discarded when necessary, there’s no disadvantage to using the RAM for cache. (The one potential disadvantage is users who don’t understand what’s going on becoming confused.)

Empty RAM is useless. It’s not any faster for the computer to write data to empty RAM, nor does empty RAM use less power. In fact, assuming you’re launching a program that may already be present in your RAM’s file cache, programs will load much faster when your RAM is used rather than when it’s empty.

Basically, don’t worry if your RAM is full unless your computer’s running slow. For an in-depth look at the subject, read the full post over on How-To Geek.

I am using jupyter notebook with Python3 on windows 10. My computer has 8GB RAM and at least 4GB of my RAM is free.

But when I want to make a numpy ndArray with size 6000*6000 with this command: np.zeros((6000, 6000), dtype=’float64′) I got this : Unable to allocate array with shape (6000, 6000) and data type float64

I don’t think this could use more then 100MB RAM. I tried to change the number to see what happens. The biggest array I can make is (5000,5000). Did I make a mistake in estimating how much RAM I need?

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2 Answers 2

Jupyter notebook has a default memory limit size. You can try to increase the memory limit by following the steps:
1) Generate Config file using command:
2) Open jupyter_notebook_config.py file situated inside ‘jupyter’ folder and edit the following property:
Remember to remove the ‘#’ before the property value.
3) Save and run the jupyter notebook. It should now utilize the set memory value. Also, don’t forget to run the notebook from inside the jupyter folder.

Alternatively, you can simply run the Notebook using below command:

For Jupyter you need to consider 2 processes:

  1. The local HTTP server (which is based on Tornado)
  2. Kernel process (normally local but can be distributed and depends on your config).

max_buffer_size is a Tornado Web Server setting, corresponds to the Maximum amount of incoming data to buffer and defaults to 100MB (104857600). (https://www.tornadoweb.org/en/stable/httpserver.html)

Based on this PR, this value seems to have been increased to 500 MB in Notebook.

Tornado HTTP server does not allow to my knowledge to define the max memory, it runs as a Python3 process.

For the kernel, you should look at the command defined kernel spec.

CS:GO High Ping is one of the common problems that is faced by players. This can lead to deranks and a lot of frustration to dedicated players. Here, we try to solve the problem through a number of workarounds.

The problems related to CS:GO high ping now seem to be something that players have become used to. No matter what efforts one makes to save himself from high ping problems, there is just no answer to the issue. Another concern in this regards is that there is no single solution, and it differs from player to player. For many, just updating the network drivers can work wonders while some solve their high ping by tweaking video / graphic settings of their systems.

However, after an in-depth analysis and a bit of homework, we have come up with some of the most user-friendly solutions that can help almost every player to fix CS:GO high ping issues. So without further delay, we will be getting straight to work.

How to Lower Ping in CS:GO

Although CS:GO does not require a great deal of bandwidth for your internet connection, we still emphasize that your bandwidth must be sufficient enough to cater the needs of your game. For CS:GO anything above a 4mbps connection is good to go.

Check your CS:GO Ping

There are a number of software that allow you to know what Server IP you are connecting to when playing CS:GO. Every server has its unique IP that is used whenever you connect to that particular server. You can even check it yourself in the console.

Knowing your ping before matchmaking will help you take better decision if the server is suitable for playing or not. Apart from reducing CS:GO ping spikes, the most accurate results of your in-game ping can also be achieved by using Kill Ping .

Minimum PC Requirements

At times, a reason of high ping may also be due to your computer not fulfilling the demands of the game. Old network adapter, less storage, and memory along with a GPU can all lead to high ping and lag issues for CS:GO. It is therefore advised to check the minimum requirements for the game and make sure your PC is up to the mark.

Minimum Requirements
Operating System Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 460
RAM 4GB
Hard Disk 8GB
Internet 2MB
Resolution 1024 x 768

Playing on Wired Connection

Many people neglect a critical aspect when it comes to fixing CS:GO high ping. Yes, it’s easy and, playing on a wireless connection through your router but, on a serious note, the mobility won’t do you any good when it comes to gaming. We won’t go into the technical aspects of both scenarios and neither will we compare it over here.

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Instead, we would just want you to trust us on this and switch your connection to a wired one. A plus point you will be getting on a wired connection is that you won’t have to worry about any other simultaneous connections that might leech your bandwidth during matchmaking.

Disabling System Security Software

Though firewalls and security software are for the protection of our beloved gears, they are apparently not your best friends when it comes to online gaming. Apart from being a nuisance in the background these software also impact your bandwidth, slowing down your download speed. Disable any security software that might be running on your computer before playing CS:GO. You will instantly feel the difference.

Disable Updates

While this is some basic level stuff, it still, however, is neglected by many CS:GO players. The common Windows Update is many times left untouched and while you are playing the game, these background updates result in huge lag spikes that you often witness during the game. The CS:GO high ping issues can greatly be reduced if you disable the updates. Seriously, the updates can wait.

One thing that many of you might not know is related to Steam Updates. Every once a while Steam users are blessed with updates. If you are in an urge to play CS:GO, you might have canceled the update to log in immediately. The update, however, never gets canceled. As soon as you log in to Steam, the update starts automatically in the background without you even knowing it.

How to reduce steam’s ram usage from 400 mb to 60 mb

Unlike game updates that tend to pause as soon as you start playing a game, the Steam Updates keep on running no matter what you are doing. Therefore, you must have some patience and let Steam download the updates so that they don’t lead to CS:GO high ping, next time you start playing.

Close your Background Downloads

Torrent software even though not having active downloads leech your bandwidth. If there is something very urgent that you need to download, we suggest you limit your bandwidth allocation to the least.

It is, however, greatly emphasized that you completely close any background downloading before matchmaking if you wish to play without CS:GO high ping. This also includes closing your web browsers and chatting software such as Skype, Viber, etc. In case, you are a serious gamer the best software for that is Raidcall.

CS:GO In-Game settings

There is a detailed guide on how you can tweak up your settings to reduce CS:GO Lag . It will greatly assist in covering up the aspects that might need your attention in when setting up your in-game settings in CS:GO.

CS:GO Steam Launch Options

There are some startup settings that should be used. Just set them up in the launch options for CS:GO. If you don’t know how to set them, just right-click over CS:GO in the Games Library and click ‘Properties’. You will be able to see a Button named “Set Launch Options” where the following commands are to be pasted.

“-high -novid -console -dxlevel 81 -lv -nojoy -noaafonts -freq 100 -threads 4”

  • -console: enables console
  • -novid:
  • -high: sets game to high priority.
  • -novid: stops the intro video
  • -lv: sets low violence mode.
  • -nojoy: disables joystick support.

‘-threads 4’ tells the game how many threads to utilize. Can be set as per the number of threads your computer has. Generally, in old laptops and computers, this value can be set to maximum ‘4’.

If you have carried out all the necessary steps that have been mentioned above then hopefully your CS:GO high ping problems will come to an end. If not, you can tell us your concern in the comment below and we will further try to assist you in solving your CS:GO high ping issue.

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