Fix Windows 10 Feeds High Memory Usage – 3 Solutions

Windows 10 Feeds is a process related to News and Interests widget. Search is another important tool where you can find files, images, videos based on your preferred indexing options.

Recently, some Windows 10 users complained of high memory usage due to Feeds and Search.This issue can be because of different reasons. But, in the Task Manager if you find Feeds and Search taking a lot of CPU and RAM, then these can be the culprits.

Windows 10 Feeds High Memory Usage
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This problem arises in Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung etc and all kinds of laptops and desktops. But some are error free and don’t have issues.

One such configuration that is having problems is

  • Version 10.0.19043 Build 19043
  • Dell System Model G5 5590
  • Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2592 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s)
  • Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB
  • Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • At the time of problem the system was downloading update for Alienware – again without my permission.
  • Alienware Command Center Application
  • v5.4.16.0 (A00) January 14, 2022

Source: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/feeds-search-application-using-all-of-the-ram/2a6065fb-b92d-48b6-b364-20396e66f548?page=16

In this solution guide, let’s see how to fix Windows 10’s high memory usage.

Windows 10 Update History

Turn Off News and Interests widget

Since Feeds is connected to news notifications, you need to temporarily turn it off.

  •             Right-click the Taskbar and click on News and Interests.
  •             Click the option Turn Off.
Fix Windows 10 Feeds High Memory Usage

It should make the News and Interests widget disappear from the Taskbar. Now check the Task Manager. See the amount of CPU and RAM used. If they are reaching near 90 to 100%, then proceed to the second solution.

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If you see the feeds process, kill it.

Check for Windows Updates

It is found that the KB5010342 update has something to do with feeds high memory usage. There can be other quality updates that can resolve the problem. So press Win + I keys for Settings > Update & Security.

Check for the latest updates. As of March 2022, KB5011487 is the latest cumulative update with version 21H2.

Check For Windows 10 Updates

I’m not having any problems with my computer configuration and Windows 10 Pro.

The latest updates keep the feeds process in suspended mode to prevent high cpu and memory usage.

AMD and NVIDIA driver updates

We connect several devices to our computer. Some are internal and others are external. GPU graphic cards are mostly from NVIDIA and there are other companies. There can be incompatibility between processor and graphic cards. In-built  gpu cards also can cause problems.

  • Press Win + R and type devmgmt.msc.
  • Open the Device Manager.
  • Display Adapters > {Graphics card}
  • Right-click and update the driver.
Update Nvidia Graphics Card

Windows 10 automatically searches for the latest drivers and installs them. Otherwise, you can manually download them from the NVIDIA graphics drivers’ page and install them.

Third-party Security Tools

Naïve Windows 10 users will install multiple anti-virus and firewalls. One of the users installed BitDefender Firewall and had to disable it. Then you turn off the News and Interests widget. Both these things helped him reduce the memory usage.

In most cases Microsoft Defender is sufficient for your security concerns. Windows Security center has many options which prevents many of the problems.

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Conclusion

Most probably one of the above solutions should fix the high memory and cpu usage problem. You can try uninstalling programs, disable startup programs etc if the above fixes don’t work. The last resort is to take it to a pc expert who can troubleshoot your problem.

Even 32GB RAM systems were having the problem. The cause is not less RAM, but the processes. Even increasing the Virtual memory can help sometimes. I always prefer SSD over HDD for faster operations and prevent memory hogs.

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