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Windows 10 is using a TON of RAM. Is that a bad thing?

Windows 10 is using a TON of RAM. Is that a bad thing?
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Ever since Microsoft released its new operating system Windows 10 last month, we've been telling you about some of its better features, like its new Web browser Edge and its improved personal assistant Cortana. We've also been telling about some of Windows 10's not-so-good features, notably bugs.

But there are also Windows 10 issues that are a little harder to categorize as good or bad. Case in point, the amount of RAM, or memory, that it uses.

When you run a lot of programs on your computer, when it's searching around for stuff you saved, it eats up a lot of RAM. Generally speaking, that's not such a good thing because it can slow down your computer.

But with Windows 10, it may be a good thing that it uses a lot of RAM. How much RAM? As much as 1GB, by some estimates. If you have a 2GB computer, you can see how that would be a problem.

That's a lot more RAM than previous versions of Windows used. But, it is actually an improvement.

Those older versions of Windows would dump stuff on your computer's hard drive, if it was running out of RAM. The problem there is that retrieving stuff you need from the hard drive is a slow process.

Now, with Windows 10, Microsoft is keeping more of the things you save in your computer's memory, which is much faster than the hard drive. It's doing that by compressing files.

When it's running out of space, it simply compresses files, or makes them smaller. That frees up space, and should have your Windows 10 computer working much faster than older versions.

The downside is it can slow down your computer when you decompress those files. If that's becoming annoying, check your Task Manager to see if there are applications or processes running that you don't need. If so, close them. Or add more RAM to your computer. Here's how.

Want to see how much RAM your Windows 10 is using? Here's how to check your Task Manager.

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