How To Check Memory Usage In Windows 10

Introduction

A quality feature in the Windows family is to check memory (RAM) usage by using various in-built tools. We can also use this feature in Windows 10 to check memory usage as well. The User can measure the memory-usage used by the system. It is not a  well-known feature among users.

The user can come to see how much memory is being used by processes, drivers, or the operating system and how much memory is not currently in use and how much and what type of memory (Random access memory) is installed. By knowing this, the user can decide how much memory (random access memory) he or she needs for better performance.

This tutorial will show you various methods on how to check memory usage details in Windows 10.

Method 1 - Using Resource Monitor

Step 1

From the Start menu, open the Run dialog box or you can Press the "Window + R" key to open the RUN window.

Step 2

Type "resmon" to open the Resource Monitor.

Run Command

Resource Monitor will give you the exact information about RAM through the chart. It reflects how much memory (RAM) is being used and how much is available and also shows the total amount of memory (RAM).

Resource Monitor

Method 2 - Using Performance Monitor

Step 1

From the Start menu, open the Run dialog box or you can Press the "Window + R" key to open the RUN window.

Step 2

Type "perfmon" to open the Performance Monitor.

Run Command

Step 3

Click on Performance Monitor.

Performanc Monitor

Step 4

Click on Green colored "Plus" Symbol to open add counters Window.

Click on Add button

Step 5

To select Memory, search the list of counters and select Memory, click on Add button and then OK button.

Add counters

When the graph appears on the screen, the graph will indicate memory usage. If you want to see it in detail, use any counter given below.

result graph

Method 3 - Using Task Manager

Step 1

Open the Task Manager in the following ways,

  • Click Start and type Task Manager. Then click Task Manager to open Task Manager Windows.
  • Press the "Windows + X" key, and click Task Manager to open it.
  • Press the "Ctrl + Alt + Delete" key to open it.

Step 2

Click on the Performance Tab and then select the Memory option.

task manager

In the task manager, the "memory option" under the "performance" tab gives the complete memory information, such as how much and what type of memory (RAM) is installed. There are two graphs in this memory option, the first graph shows the Memory usage and the second one shows the Memory Composition.

The memory composition graph is divided into four parts:

  • In use
    Memory is used by processes, drivers, or the operating system.
  • Modified
    Memory whose content must be written to disk before it can be used for another purpose.
  • Standby
    Memory that contains cached data and code that is not actively used.
  • Free
    Memory that is not currently in use and that will be repurposed first when processes, drivers, or the operating system needs more memory.

Note
The above definitions of each part are standard and given in the memory composition graph in task manager. You can also see these details by hovering with the mouse over each section of the graph.

Conclusion

By following the above steps, you can check the memory (random access memory) usage in Windows 10.

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