Microsoft free tool to know exactly how Windows is managing your RAM

Microsoft free tool to know exactly how Windows is managing your RAM
Microsoft free tool to know exactly how Windows is managing your RAM

If there is a precious resource for anyone who is using a computer, that is RAM, especially when we consider that most browsers and modern applications consume a lot.

In Windows, many users are accustomed to visiting the Task Manager to identify the most greedy processes when consuming RAM, and to kill one or another from there to release a little. Now, if you’ve ever wondered how exactly Windows is managing all the memory, Microsoft has a free tool for you.

His name is RAMMap, and his latest version is just a couple of months ago. This tool offers answers to several important questions you may have about memory management, from how Windows is allocating physical memory, to how much file data is stored in the cache, to how much RAM is used by the kernel and drivers of your devices.

Extremely useful to free memory

This tool is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1, and Windows 10. It is an advanced analysis utility of physical memory to help you better understand how Windows manages RAM.

If interface is quite simple and looks a bit like the same Task Manager with different tabs, but offers a lot of information that can uncover many mysteries of memory management in Windows.

For example, in the first tab you will find a summary of the memory usage according to types, this includes from the one that is being actively used until the one that the system has in Standby, a very important element to take into account.

Sometimes, some programs reserve RAM in large quantities because they will need it at some point, but they are not necessarily using it right now. This means that this memory will not be available for use by other programs despite not being in use. With RAMMap you can release it simply by clicking on Empty and then on Empty Standby List.

This can be useful when we are going to run a program that consumes a lot of resources, such as a very complex video game, or video editing software, and perhaps the browser had reserved more than a couple of GB of RAM without being absolutely necessary.

If you want to learn in detail all you can do with RAMMap and all the data shown in the tool (which are many) you can review this talk of just over 30 minutes on Channel 9 of Microsoft.