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Solved 2023: Desktop Window Manager High Memory Windows 11/10

How to fix Desktop Window Manager high memory in Windows 11/10? Read on to fix the problem.

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Updated by Cici on Aug 09, 2023
Written by Tracy King

How to fix Desktop Windows Manager High Memory Windows 11/10:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Preparation: Check File System Error  Download free disk checker to make sure disk is healthy...Full steps
Fix 1. Windows 11 Fix DWM High Memory

1. Download the latest Intel Driver...Full steps

2. Modify Windows Visual Effects...Full steps

3. Restart Desktop Window Manager from Task...Full steps

Fix 2. Windows 10 Fix DWM High Usage

1. Update Intel Graphic Driver...Full steps

2. Use Full System Scan...Full steps

"Hi, I recently noticed that the Desktop Window Manager is using high memory at some point, even when I have nothing open except the task manager..... So any device that doesn't involve altering my laptop internals or resetting will be greatly appreciated!"

We saw some users asked for the Desktop Window Manager high memory issue on Reddit and other forums. Intel has unveiled an official drive to fix the Desktop Window Manager Issue for the newest fix. Check this article in detail to update the driver.

What Is Desktop Window Manager Windows 11?

Desktop Window Manager (Dmp.exe) is a synthetic window manager that renders all of these nines in Windows: transparent Windows, real-time taskbar thumbnails, Flip3D, and even high-resolution display support. 

Instead of drawing their displays directly to your screen, applications write pictures of their Windows to specific locations in memory. Windows creates a composite before sending all the Windows on the screen to your monitor. Since Windows is compositing and displaying the contents of each window, it is possible to add effects such as transparency and window animation when showing Windows in layers. 

Serials of High Memory Usage:

Why Is Desktop Window Manager Using A Lot of Memory?

Usually, Desktop Window Manager takes 50-100 MB on memory, and CPU occupies 2-3%. High memory usually happens when you open any window or app - A large number of processes are running. When memory reaches high, PC speed will slow down even freeze without a sign. However, the current Desktop Window Manager occupies high usage of memory, which the Intel driver bug may cause. Don't worry. Intel has unveiled a new graphics driver for your device to update. 

Let's see how to fix Desktop Window Manager's high memory usage.

How to Fix Desktop Window Manager High Memory Usage

Please make sure your disk file system is healthy to resolve the issue. Sometimes file system error is the culprit. Download a free disk checker - EaseUS Partition Master. It can quickly fix disk errors without data loss.

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Step 1. Right-click the target partition that has a problem.

Step 2. Choose "Advanced" > "Check File System".

Step 3. Confirm if you want to hide the partition or not.

Step 4. In the Check File System window, check the "Try to fix errors if found" option.

Step 5. Click "Start" to check errors on your partition.

Then apply the below methods.

For Windows 11:

To fix the memory leak problem on Windows 11, Intel has released the latest genetic graphics driver,, in Feb 2022.

Step 1. Visit Intel's official website and download the driver. 

You can see the version tab on the banner part, click it to select And then click on the "Download" button.

download intel driver

Step 2. Click on the executable file and start to install the Intel Graphics driver. Click "Begin installation."

Step 3. Confirm the Intel Software License Agreement. And then click "Start" to install the new graphics driver. Wait for a while.

Step 4. When the installation is done, restart your Windows 11 PC to apply changes.

Besides downloading the Intel driver, you can also try another fix that may work for the DWM issue.

1. Modify Windows Visual Effects

Step 1. Right-click "This PC" and select Properties.

Step 2. Click on the "Advanced System Settings".

advanced system settings

Step 3. Under the "Advanced" tab, navigate to the "Performance" section and then click "Settings".

turn off virual effect - 1

Step 4. Under the "Visual Effects" tab, select "Custom" or "Adjust for best performance".

turn off virtual effect - 2

Step 5. Apply the changes. Then reboot your system.

2. Restart Desktop Window Manager from Task Manager

Step 1. Right-click the Start button from the taskbar and choose Task Manager from the menu.

find task manager

Step 2. Go to the Details tab, and locate the dwm.exe. Right-click it and then click "End Task."

end dwm

For Windows 10:

1. Update Intel Graphic Driver

Step 1. Right-click the Start button and choose "Device Manager".

Step 2. Expand the Display adapter option. Right-click the Intel(R) Graphics. 

update intel driver

Step 3. Click "Update driver"> Search automatically for drivers > If the program says that "The best drivers for your device are already installed," you can go to the manufacturer's website and check whether Intel has a new driver.

Or you can choose the "Search for updated drivers on Windows Update option"> Click the Optional updates option.

2. Use Full System Scan

Note: Save all work and close programs. This method needs to restart the PC.

Step 1. Open Settings and locate Update & Security section.

Step 2. Click on the Windows Security tab and then select Virus & threat protection.

Step 3. Choose Scan Options and then select Microsoft Defender Offline scan. Then click on the "Scan now" button.

Step 4. Click the Scan button to reboot your PC.

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To Sum Up 

A powerful way to fix Desktop Window Manager is to download the latest genetic graphics driver,, released by Intel. As we test, it works well. However, please use the free disk checker - EaseUS Partition Master to exclude disk error before downloading this driver. 

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Updated by Cici

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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