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Allocate More RAM To Specific Apps in Windows 11 (Updated)

The amount of RAM available in any computing environment is one of the crucial components influencing system performance. It appears that you want to prioritize specific apps over others to increase performance.

RAM Allocation is the amount of memory consumed to execute and run an application in Operating Systems including Windows OS. Depending on the software, some demand a lot of RAM while others only need a little.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to allocate more RAM to Specific apps in Windows 11:

Memory management and RAM allocation are two concepts that go hand in hand. RAM Allocation involves the use of memory management to increase the amount of RAM allotted to programs. The process of arranging and managing computer memory dynamically or statically is known as memory management. This involves determining how much memory space each software and its respective processes should be allotted. The central memory manager is a component of the operating system (Windows) that determines where and when memory will be allocated, as well as how much memory will be allocated, before and after running the application. Also, the application’s design, code, and tech stack play a major role in determining its performance. Example: An application built on python will be way slower than the application built on C++/Rust (assuming memory is well managed in both cases). So, on this basis, allocating more memory to an application doesn’t ensure major performance boosts.

How this method works: In this method, we’re going to prioritize a running process over others so Windows allocate more resources to the process. Windows utilizes 32 priority levels internally namely: Level 0 (Zero page thread), Level 1 to 15 (Dynamic/Normal Priority), and Level 16-31 (Real-Time Priority). We’ll simply raise the priority of executing the application, and priority scheduling algorithms will control the execution of running processes based on the priority level.

Step 1: Open the Task Manager from the Start Menu or press the “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” Key Combination on the keyboard.

task manager icon in windows 11
Task Manager Icon

Step 2: Right-click the process for which you want to allocate more memory and click the “Go To Details” button.

Note: If the process is having child process (that is, having “>” sign on the left), then click the “>” sign, right-click the child process for which you want to allocate more memory (usually the one consuming the most of the memory) and click the “Go To Details” button.

right-click the program for which you want to allocate more ram and select the "go to details" option
“Go To Details” Option

Step 3: Right-click the highlighted process, and hover over the “Set Priority” option and you will see the current priority settings (with bullet point). To change the priority and allocate more memory, set the priority to Realtime/High based on your needs.

right-click the service and hover over "set priority" option and select the "realtime priority" option
“Set Priority” Option

Step 4: Click the “Change Priority” button to allocate more memory.

click the change priority button to allocate more ram to app in windows
“Change Priority” Button

NOTE: Do not prioritize a lot of processes to “Realtime” at the same time as it can lead to system instabilities and deadlocking.
The RAM you’ve allotted for a program will be reallocated to its default settings whenever you close it. Every time you launch the program, you’ve to allocate memory by changing the priority again.

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on your keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Select the “Display” option in the System tab.

go to the display settings in system tab in windows 11 settings
Display Settings

Step 3: Scroll down and select the “Graphics” button.

scroll and select graphics option
Graphics Option

Step 4: Select the “Desktop Apps” option from the drop-down menu.

select the "desktop app" option from the dropdown menu
“Desktop App” option

Step 5: Click the “Browse” button and select the app (.exe file extension) for which you want to allocate more memory.

select browse option and choose the .exe file
Browse and choose the desired app

Step 6: Now the App will be visible in the list which is by default set to the “Let Windows Decide” option. Select the App and click the “Options” button.

Select the "Option" button
Select the “Option” button

Step 7: Select the “High Performance Mode” and click the “Save” button.

change graphics preference to high performance in windows 11 graphics settings
Graphics Preferences – High Performance Mode

Can I Allocate More RAM to Adobe After Effects and Photoshop?

Yes, you can allocate more RAM in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop with the Windows Graphics Settings and priority settings in the Details tab in the task manager

Can I allocate RAM in both SDD and HDD?

Yes, you can allocate RAM in SDD as well as HDD using the same methods using Windows Settings as well as using the Task Manager.

Can I allocate more RAM for games?

Yes, you can allocate more RAM for both the Casual as well as Hardcore games with the Windows Graphics Settings and priority settings in the Details tab of the task manager

Next Steps

Make sure that you don’t allocate the highest Priority RAM to all the applications as it might make the system unstable and may result in system failure and untimely crashes.

We’ve covered how to allocate more RAM to specific programs in Windows using Task Manager (for CPU Intensive programs) and then allocating further more RAM using graphics settings in Windows (for Graphics Intensive programs).

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