How To See What Is Hogging My RAM

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

The PC Info page on my computer says that I have 16GB of RAM, but only 1.95GB is available.

Even when I reboot the computer and check, it is still this way.

Can you help me?


Dear Luisandre,

It sounds like something on your computer is using a lot of RAM. You just need to find out what it is.

The first thing that comes to mind is your graphics. Some computers have a graphics card with RAM on the card. They don’t use the system RAM. Other computers have the graphics on the motherboard, and they use part of the system RAM for your display.

To see what is hogging your RAM, follow the steps below:

1. Open Task Manager, by right clicking on the “Start” flag then click on “Task Manager.

2. In the Task Manager, click on the “Processes” tab.

3. In the Processes page, click the top of the “Memory” column to sort by the amount of RAM used.

The programs using the most memory will be at the top of the list.

Now, you will be able to see what is using the most RAM, and take steps to disable or uninstall the program.



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