Fix Windows 10 High Memory Usage on Idle

Finally got round to installing Windows 10 alongside Linux Mint 17.2 on my development machine, and one of the first things that i noticed was the insanely large amount of Ram it used at startup while idling versus Windows 8.1 and definitely vs Mint.

Task manager showed it consuming close to 8gb of ram at idle.

Versus just over 500mb for Mint.

Luckily this Windows 8/8.1 registry hack still seems to fix the issue in windows 10.

  1. Hit Windows Key+R Type in Regedit and then hit enter
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management in the editor
  3. Change the value of  ClearPageFileAtShutDown to 1
  4. Restart your computer

My ram usage at idle is now down to 3.2gb … still absolutely crazy though!