Total physical & virtual memory utilized by a process tree.

Mark Wood-Patrick 1 Reputation point

Is there a way in process explorer (or some other interactive tool) to get the total physical and virtual memory used by some process tree?

I have a windows 11 laptop with 16GB of memory and 11GB of it is being used by windows after it has booted and without any apps running (I have disabled all my startup apps including sysmain.

Being able to easily explore the process trees and get memory sizes at any level in the heirarchy would be very useful but I did not see any columns which provide this information. Am I missing something

Windows 11
Windows 11
A Microsoft operating system designed for productivity, creativity, and ease of use.
8,942 questions
0 comments No comments
{count} votes

8 answers

Sort by: Most helpful
  1. JimmySalian-2011 42,066 Reputation points

    Hey mark,

    Sure you can try Windows Sysinternal tool Process Explorer - process-explorer

    Hope this helps.

    Please "Accept the answer" if the information helped you. This will help us and others in the community as well.

  2. Wesley Li-MSFT 4,401 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    The PoolMon tool displays general memory information, including total and free memory, page faults, kernel physical memory, committed and committed limits, peak memory, and paged and nonpaged pool sizes.

    You can try this tool to test if it fits your needs:

    Best Regards,
    Wesley Li

    0 comments No comments

  3. Limitless Technology 44,096 Reputation points


    Thank you for your question and reaching out.

    I understand that you want to know what apps or services are using your total physical and virtual memory. To check, you may open Task manager by right-clicking on Start menu then select Task manager. You will see a list of apps using your Memory from there.

    If you think that Windows unnecessary use your RAM after starting it up, you may check this link for the steps you can do to prevent this from happening again

    For tips on how to improve app performance by reducing the use of memory and disk space, you may also refer to this link


    If the reply was helpful, please don’t forget to upvote or accept as answer, thank you.

    0 comments No comments

  4. Wesley Li-MSFT 4,401 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Do you have any other questions?

    If the above reply is helpful to you, please mark it as answer.


  5. Wesley Li-MSFT 4,401 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Do you have any further questions?

    How is the issue progressing so far?


    0 comments No comments