If you notice on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer that it is suddenly running slower, you may find that the "Desktop Window Manager" has a very high RAM usage.

This problem is not atypical and is usually caused by an Intel driver error. In most cases, however, the problem can be solved with a few simple steps. We explain here exactly how this works under Windows:

How to fix a high RAM load caused by the desktop window manager

Desktop Windows Manager

Variant 1. Restart File Explorer

In most cases, the problem can be solved by restarting the Windows file explorer. To do this, press CTRL+ALT+DEL and then select "Task Manager".

Find the Windows Explorer process and go to the "Restart" button in the lower right part of the screen.

Variant 2: Update Intel graphics drivers

1. Search for "Device Manager" in the search bar.

2. Expand the menu item "Graphics card" and navigate to your graphics driver with the right mouse button. Select "Update" from the menu.

3. Select the top option „Automatically search for drivers“.

Then continue with part 3.

Variation 3: Change the visual effects settings - Windows 11

1. Right-click on an empty space on your desktop and select Properties.

2. Select "Advanced system settings" and in the next window "Advanced".

3. Navigate to the Visual Effects tab and select Custom.

4. Deactivate all visual effects you do not want.

One of our three tips should now have helped you solve the problem with the Desktop Window Manager and high memory usage.

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