How to Allocate More RAM to Specific Apps in Windows 11 or 10?

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More RAM (Random Access Memory) allows programs to boot more quickly and carry out tasks in a fraction of the time. A specific application on your computer may need more RAM to work properly, and some may not. For instance, a word processing program doesn’t require heavy RAM due to the low-performance requirements. But, a detailed Excel spreadsheet or Photoshop app needs as much RAM as you can spare it. The same goes for games like Minecraft; in many cases, you need to allocate extra RAM to gaming.

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If you want to prioritize one program over another in Windows to perform better, you need to allow more RAM to the specific app. RAM Allocation for particular programs is a means of prioritizing and allocating more RAM to a program than other apps.

What is RAM?

RAM is an acronym for random access memory. It is one of the essential parts of your computer. It is necessary to boot your computer and run the programs. Without sufficient RAM, you can’t run most applications. In other words, RAM is a short-term memory in your computer that allows your system to access data far more quickly than it can through even the SSD. If you run multiple applications simultaneously, you will need more RAM than if you only use a few at a time. It can be upgraded or changed if you need it.

How to Allow Windows 11/10 to Allocate More RAM?

The easiest way to improve overall performance across the system is to allow Windows to use as much RAM as necessary. For that, open Control Panel and search the “Performance” word.

After that, click the link “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” to open the “Performance Options” dialog. Select Visual Effects tab and then choose the option “Adjust for best performance” option.

Finally, hit the Apply/OK button. This will disable unnecessary animations and other visual effects, resulting in performance improvement.

How to Allocate More RAM to Specific Apps in Windows 11/10?

Before you proceed further, please note that the increase in RAM usage varies depending on the program, and to allocate more RAM to a program, you must repeat the methods below each time you launch the software.

To prioritize one program above another in Windows 11/10 to get better performance, do the following:-

Step 1. Open the Task Manager from the Start Menu or press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys combination on the keyboard.

Step 2. Choose the Details tab when the Task Manager window opens.

Step 3. After that, select the app you want to prioritize the RAM and then right-click it. Next, choose the Set Priority option to see the current priority settings.

Step 4. Then, select the desired Priority settings you want to assign for the app. You can choose from the following options:-

  • Realtime
  • High
  • Above normal
  • Normal
  • Below normal
  • Low

Step 5. When the pop-up window opens, click the Change priority button.

How to Allocate More Graphics to Specific App in Windows 11 using Settings app?

If you want to assign further more graphics to a specific program, do the following:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys.

Step 2. Then, select System category in the left sidebar of Windows Settings.

Step 3. After that, hit the Display tab on the right sidebar.

Step 4. Now, scroll down and select Graphics settings on the right-side pane.

Step 5. Next, choose the Desktop app option from the drop-down menu of “Add an app.”

Step 6. Hit the Browse button.

Step 7. Now, the File Explorer window will open. Locate the executable file to which you want to allocate more memory and select it. Then, click the Add button.

Step 8. After that, click the Options button on the Graphics settings page.

Sep 9. Now a tiny pop-up window will open. By default “Let Windows decide” option will be selected. Select the “High Performance” option to allocate more memory. You can also set the “Power saving” option if the app behaves abnormally.

Step 10. When you’re done, click the Save button.

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