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Windows 10 "News and Interests" widget memory leak

Jul 25, 2006
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Software W10 Pro 64-bit
Unix-like systems are much less likely to use a lot of RAM because there is simply much less bloatware running in the background. I think this explains why so many windows11 users complain that more than 4GB of RAM, and sometimes more than 5GB of RAM is used at idle.
While certainly true, this thread is about a memory leak, not bloatware.

Shrek identified a problem where an integrated applet (regardless if considered bloatware or not) was/is continually eating up more and more RAM instead of releasing no longer in-use memory back in the pool. That's a bug that need correcting.

So as R-T-B aptly noted,
Can we keep on the subject issue? This isn't a generic "all MS issues" thread.
Mar 28, 2018
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Can I get a copy please?? :)
Obviously, I can't share the files, but I see nothing wrong with sharing the SHA256 hash. That'll help you start your search.

Sep 18, 2016
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I spend a good hour cleaning up a fresh Windows installation ridding it of bloat, shutting down telemetry, disabling OneDrive, Cortana, etc. This chore also includes installing a bunch of stuff that should be there by default or at least prompted as an option before installation starts: common media codecs, DirectX, .NET frameworks/runtimes, Visual C++ Redistributables.
I am assuming you use a Ninite installer?
Nov 15, 2021
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@Shrek what symptoms (specifically) did your computer exhibit? You mention your computer became unusable.

I ask because my computer (the only one with that turned on) has been suddenly with little warning freezing entirely, cursor included, and requiring a hard shutdown.
Mar 21, 2021
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Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
The hard drive became very busy and the computer very unresponsive, but not frozen. The cursor would move, but with considerable delay, so with patience I could get to task manager and see what was eating up all the memory.
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Jan 5, 2006
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