view memory usage

Hi Experts,
How do I check which program is consuming the most memory?
See attached many columns I have to choose from..
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timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
open task manager and select the processes tab and this will show which apps are running and the amount of memory each are using.
Joe WinogradDeveloperCommented:
See attached many columns I have to choose from
Choose this one:

Memory - Private Working Set

Tick the Show processes from all users check-box
Click the Processes tab
Click the column header of Memory (Private Working Set) to sort it descending, i.e., large to small

You'll have something like this:

taskmgr memory private working set
The ones consuming the most memory will then be at the top. Regards, Joe

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In addition to the above, you can use Windows (Admin Tools) Resource Monitor to analyze memory (and other variables) over time. It is good to use with Task Manager to see how memory consumption is increasing or decreasing over time.

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bfuchsAuthor Commented:
Hi Experts,

In a case like this (see attached) where I have the highest private working memory set something called TrustedInstaller.exe..
Is it ok to go and just kill the process? or what else can I do to get rid of this?

timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
See below link for info on trusted installer. you can end the task but it will most likely start later because it works with Windows up date. modify Windows update setting will resolve this process.
Check this link too, be careful about managing windows services unless you know what you are doing.
Joe WinogradDeveloperCommented:
Hi Ben,
As the two previous posts show, a web search for "TrustedInstaller.exe" will get you plenty of hits, including some that document high CPU usage and/or high memory usage. Some even have explanations (and videos) on how to disable it, but my advice is...don't do that!

In case it is corrupted, you could try some repair methods such as sfc /scannow or DISM.exe:

But it is part of Windows Update and I don't think it is a good idea to disable it manually. Regards, Joe
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Once your Windows Updates have been completed (some yesterday) TrustedInstalller should not even be running.

So in addition to the above, scan your machine thoroughly with your Anti Virus and then again with Malwarebytes.
bfuchsAuthor Commented:
Thank you experts!
Joe WinogradDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Ben, happy to help. Regards, Joe
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks - happy to help
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