Having your device run out of data storage space is one of the most annoying things that can happen to any device. One of the reasons most devices run short on memory space isn't far-fetched. It is due to the amount of programs and system process data stored in the RAM (Random Access Memory).
RAM (Random Access Memory) is a minute quantity of memory space in a device. It is the storage location for data sourced from running processes.
The RAM is the principal memory for any device either mobile or desktop/laptop. It is different from other storage spaces such as the flash drive, hard drive of a computer, external hard disk, CD-ROM and the Memory cards.
The Random Access Memory is small, both in looks and in function. It is the smallest storage space known in the tech world.
There are different types of RAM for different devices. For the Windows 10, there are 1GB for the 32-bit and the 2GB for the 64-bit. For mobile devices such as IPhone X, it has 3GB and the Infinix Hot 7 Pro has 3GB.
No matter what brand the device is, the amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) is lesser than other storage space. Way lesser than others.
All programs, applications and services that run on a digital device, either the mobile digital or desktop digital device, have direct access to the Random Access Memory (RAM) of the device. This creates an opportunity to deposit all the data they use while running in the Random Access Memory (RAM).
The depositing of the data sourced from the different applications, programs and services in the RAM is not permanent. The deposit only occurs when the applications, services and programs are up and running.
Once the applications, programs and services are running on the device, the RAM retains their data (objects and files). This causes them to use up free space in the RAM of the device.
As soon as the programs and services stop running, and the device shuts down or restarts, the data retained in the Random Access Memory erases for some space to be free in the RAM.
But this is not the case with some of the applications, services and programs running in the RAM of a device. Some use up some memory space in the device and ''forget'' to free those memory spaces on the device.
And when this happens, some unused services and programs take up memory spaces in the device. This causes the GC (Garbage Collection) to assign the unused spaces as used. This makes the GC (Garbage Collection) unable to erase them from the device. This inability to erase unused services and programs is referred to as Memory Leaks.
According to a definition scooped from ComputerWorld, memory leak is the gradual deterioration of system performance that occurs over time as the result of the fragmentation of a computer's RAM due to poorly designed or programmed applications that fail to free up memory segments when they are no longer needed.
A memory leak is a digital issue that affects devices and causes them to incorrectly apportion memory spaces to different programs and applications running on the devices. It doesn't allow for room to free up unused space that the system can reuse when they should be free.
In other words, a memory leak is a situation where a digital device loses available Random Access Memory and other forms of memory used in the device. This occurs when a program, system or application refuses to let go of the memory or space that it has used temporarily.
Also, a memory leak is a situation where unreadable codes and objects reside on a device and are inaccessible or unread by the device's running code. This gives the impression that the spaces are full when in actual sense, they hold garbage.
In the same vein, a memory leak on Windows 10 occurs when system processes and applications on the Windows 10 device cannot free up used portions of the memory after use.
As against the different opinions made by different folks about leaks, a memory leak is not the same as a space leak. In fact they are very different from each other, although they are somehow similar.
A space leak is a situation where a program or a service consumes lots of space than it should consume, and so much more than other programs, services or applications running at the same time.
But what differentiates a memory leak from a space leak is that, unlike a memory leak where the memory used might not be restored or returned to the Random Access Memory (RAM), the reverse is the case in a space leak. The return might take a lot of time to happen.
In simple terms, a memory leak is a situation whereby internal programs in a device create a memory in large quantities and don't get to erase them.
If you notice your Windows 10 experiencing a memory leak, the following could be the cause.
Registry Hacks are also common causes of memory leaks on Windows 10 device. While it is true that Registry Hack is targeted towards optimization, there is a downside to it. As you try to improve the device performance, there are leftover objects. As you store configuration file and settings, there are leftover objects too.
This occurs as well as you attempt to fix Windows problems by finding and erasing harmful data and files. These leftover objects are not trashed during the period that the registry hacks are at work. This ends up leading to memory leaks on Windows 10.
Drivers are software that aid communication between internal/external devices and the operating system of the devices.
Drivers do amazing jobs getting software to relate with hardware devices with ease. But what happens when a device driver breaks, becomes outdated or missing? This often leads to flickering screen, touch pad issues and malfunctioning audio. It also leads to memory leaks.
Based on the high tech design of the Windows 10 software, the Windows 10 devices are not liable to memory leaks. But when there is a case of a software bug, this can cause a malfunction in the performance of the Windows 10 device. Often times, this leads to memory leaks.
We are all familiar that viruses eat up memory space on digital devices causing low memory space.
When viruses infect a digital device, they create unreadable objects and files. These objects and files, most times, are inaccessible on the device. This malicious activity consumes memory meant for other relevant activities on the system.
After a device reboot or power on, programs assigned to launch at startup immediately kick in. These programs start to operate and function at the same rate and time. This sequence bites off memory space from the RAM in large quantities. This ends up causing memory leaks in the system.
Memory leaks can also arise when the storage capacity or memory of a drive is not sufficient for the operation and applications that are running on it to run on.
Inadequate disk space is also one of the causes of memory leaks. This happens when the storage capacity of a drive is insufficient for its operation.
When there are many applications running on an already exhausted drive, programs will likely take up more than enough space. This is poised to cause memory leaks.
When there are too many things happening on a Windows 10 device, it allows for storage of excess data in the Random Access Memory (RAM). This isn't limited to Windows 10 devices alone. This causes the device to lose out on free space which can affect the device's functionality.
· Memory Leak in Windows 10
Although the Windows 10 operating system is by far the most advanced operating system in the entire Windows Operating System, the Windows 10 devices are still liable to memory leaks situations.
· Memory Leak in Google Chrome
With the huge popularity and fame trailing the Google Chrome browser, one would think it be immune to memory leaks. But that is not the case, as the Google Chrome browser is another program on the Windows Operating System that battles with memory leaks.
· Memory Leak in Windows 7
Memory leaks on Windows 7 can occur during the installationof some drivers such as the nVidia driver. This also occurs during program updates. When any of these happen, a device working on Windows 7 is susceptible to memory leaks.
· Memory Leak in Java
The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is another OS that suffers from memory leaks. This happens as a result of Java objects and files created in the drive which are not released or referenced in the future after use.
This makes Java-enabled applications suffer from memory leaks lots of time.
Memory Leak in C and C++
We assign memory in C and C++ language programming by using this structure below:
node = (int *) malloc(8);char
*login = new char(50);
When these allocations occur, it is normal for memory to be swallowed by the programs as designed by the programmers. This memory allocated is essential for the smooth running of these programs. If these programs refuse to give up the previously allocated memory, it can bring about memory leaks on programs written in the C and C++ programming language.
Here is a YouTube video detailing Memory Leaks in C/C++.
Based on the preceding paragraphs of this article, the answer to this question is an obvious one. But for those who still don't understand the gravity of what a memory leak is all about, then we would give an answer to that question.
Memory leaks are not a good thing for any device. They are bad things that can cause irreparable, irreplaceable ruin and damages to any device and operating system it has its claws into.
Some folks are of the opinion that once the capacity or space of the Random Access Memory (RAM) of a device is large, then that is a criteria that curbs memory leak in the device.
That is wrong because it doesn't matter what the size of your RAM is. Once there are programs on a device that don't de-allocate the memory used after usage, the entire memory space is bound to be used up over a period of time. This can bring about series of harmful chain reactions to the device.
Another reason memory leaks are bad is that they don't give room for other valuable programs to run on the device. This is as a result of insufficient space issues.
Users will be unable to install other programs that will help to boost and enhance device performance.
What is being said in essence is that memory leaks are bad for any device and most especially the devices running on Windows 10.
It is important to expatiate on the short and long-term consequences of memory leaks on any device running on Windows 10.
The first consequence of memory leaks on Windows 10 operating system is rapid exhaustion and consumption of memory spaces.
When memory spaces are used up, it gets the device cluttered and filled with too many things that are not useful to the Windows 10 device.
Another side effect of memory leaks in a Windows 10 device is software aging.
According to Wikipedia and as shared by Plumbr, Software aging refers to progressive performance degradation or a sudden hang/crash of a software system due to exhaustion of operating system resources, fragmentation and accumulation of errors. Exhaustion of the memory results in software aging.
In layman's terms, software aging can be defined as the tendency of a software or operating system to crash or stop working altogether, as a result of too many memory leaks.
Picture this scenario, you have an agile man who has been expending his strength and energy working hard. Without replenishing the lost nutrients, what do you think would happen to such a man? He will likely break down or die!
It is same for any software or operating system that is being bombarded with files without freeing its memory as at when due. Such an operating system or software will crash or stop functioning, which might cause loss of important data and files.
Another consequence of memory leak is poor performance of the operating system of the Windows 10 device. That is when you find the Windows 10 device taking time to boot or respond to commands and signals.
Another worrisome side effect of memory leaks on Windows 10 is that codes and commands launched in the drive might not receive the desired responses.
Spotting a memory leak is by far one of the most demanding tasks to undertake. Have in mind that reading memory usage is not something everyone can do. But if you are a software programmer or a computer analyst, you can attempt to.
So for a non-computer or tech-inclined person suspecting his Windows 10 device of having memory leaks, this is one way to know if your Windows 10 device is suffering from memory leaks.
The following tell-tale symptoms of memory leaks in Windows 10 devices are:
If after seeing these symptoms, you desire to run a test on your RAM, here is how to.
It is from here that you would see if there is an application or a program that is consuming more memory than it should.
In addition to that manual search, there are various useful tools to identify and detect if your device is suffering from memory leaks. Examples of such tools are:
GlowCode is a tool that helps to detect memory leaks in Windows 10 programs written in NET, C++ and C# language. You can use this tool to check and correct performance flow on Windows 10 programs. Also useful for investigating and fixing excessive memory usage and code coverage.
Also known as User-Mode Dump Heap, this tool works hand in glove with the Windows 10 operating system. It is useful in ascertaining which particular program or process is leaking memory. It does this through the monitoring of heap memory allocations. It also assists in debugging software bugs.
Windbg is a memory leak detecting tool that is built to work for Windows 10. It helps to point out kernel memory dumps and debug software programs. It also examines the CPU register during the course of debugging and identifying memory leaks and dumps.
Also designed to work for Windows 10, Dr. Memory is not only a memory leak identifier. It is a tool that helps to define the types of leaks occurring in the drive (either direct or indirect memory leak). It helps in identifying the used, unused, unreadable and inaccessible memory in the drive.
This tool is an error debugger built for C and C++ language applications. It helps to identify memory leaks earlier than other tools. It further goes deeper in its search for the cause(s) of the memory leaks which other tools might overlook.
Also, it helps to identify unwanted/invaluable memory such as inconsistent memory, illegal memory access and corrupted memory on Windows 10.
Solving the problem of memory leaks on Windows 10 is something that has to be done while taking the cause(s) of the memory leaks into consideration also.
Before you can choose how to fix the memory leaks on your Windows 10, you have to be aware of why there is a leak in the first place. This is what will help you to find the right solution to it.
Since we have analyzed some causes earlier in the article, we would proffer adequate solutions to the respective memory leaks.
If the causes of memory leaks on your Windows 10 are faulty drivers, then you need to update the faulty drivers. Most especially the sound, graphics and network drivers which are most likely the cause of memory leaks on Windows 10.
If the memory leak issue you have on your Windows 10 device is linked with the startup programs, the best solution here is to disable the startup programs.
To disable the startup programs on Windows 10, here is how to go about it:
1. Go the Task Manager on your device
2. Click the Startup tab
3. Select the program(s) you want to disable and disable them.
It is as simple as that. Fixing memory leaks caused by startup programs is a walk in the park.
Viruses are other causes of memory leaks on Windows 10. To get rid of them, you have to either make use of the Windows 10's in-built Windows Defender. There are other third-party antivirus software that you can use as well.
Defragmenting your hard drive can be the solution that your Windows 10 device needs to function properly. It might be your own solution to get rid of memory leaks on your device.
Defragmentation helps to find and select the pieces of data scattered all over your hard drive. It then puts them back together where they should be.
1. Click on 'This PC' or 'My Computer'
2. Right click on the system hard drive (which is usually the C: drive)
3. Go to "Properties" in the "Tools" section and click on the "Optimize" tab
4. Select the drive you want to defragment and click on the "Analyze" tab
5. When you are done defragmenting, kindly restart your Windows 10 device
To know more on how to defragment your hard drive, watch this.
When you optimize performance on your Windows 10 device, it helps to manage everything on your device. Tasks such as processor scheduling and memory usage will help to stop memory leaks.
To optimize performance, do the following;
1. Click on "File Explorer"
2. Right-click on "This PC"
3. Select "Properties"
4. Visit the Advanced System tab and click "Settings" in "Performance box".
5. Check "Adjust for best performance"
6. Click "Apply"
7. Click "OK".
Defective software can also be the cause of memory leaks on Windows 10. To stop this, you need to uninstall the software, change the software version or download a patch.
If all these don't work in fixing the memory leaks on your Windows 10, don't be distraught. There is still one more trick left in the bag. The only solution that can make it all go away is by reinstalling Windows 10 on your device.
Re-installing will help to fix whatever software or system problems your device might be experiencing. It is a very effective fix for memory leaks.
Memory leaks have bad and tremendous influence on any and every device. It can shrink memory space rapidly in a device. If not properly looked into, it can cause the device to crash or start malfunctioning.
To avoid losing your Windows 10 device to memory leaks, don't hesitate to check for the causes of memory leaks on your device. Also follow the tips listed above in getting rid of it on your Windows 10 device.