Windows 10 May 2020 update reduces Chrome’s RAM usage by Hundreds of megabytes


Microsoft announced Windows 10 May 2020 update comes with massive segment heap memory improvements, that reduces Chrome RAM usage by Hundreds of MB’s

Microsoft launched it’s Windows 10 May 2020 aka 2004 update back in May with multiple new features and settings. The users also faced multiple bugs and errors after updating their systems to the latest update, some of the bugs that users faced were automatic restarts, NVIDIA graphics not working properly, Printer ports break up, and some minor bugs. One after another the company has fixed these bugs to date and now has announced Windows 10 May 2020 update comes with massive segment heap memory improvements, that reduce Chrome RAM usage by Hundreds of MBs.

Microsoft with the May 2020 Update has also introduced Windows segment heap memory improvements, which reduces overall memory usage of Win32 apps such as Google Chrome. Microsoft Edge is the first browser to benefit from these changes, and the company claims it has observed a 27 percent improvement in the May 2020 Update. Well, it was only a matter of time until Google discovered the refinements in Windows 10 May 2020 Update and started working on similar updates for Google Chrome.

The value “SegmentHeap” is available for developers and Microsoft says that the implementation of this segment value in Win32 apps will reduce overall memory usage on Windows 10 version 2004 or newer.

Experiments with per-machine opting-in to the segment heap for chrome.exe suggests that this could save hundreds of MB in the browser and Network Service utility processes, among others, on some machines. Actual results will vary widely, with the greatest savings coming on many-core machines


Also, Read Microsoft says Windows 10 2004 breaks Storage Spaces on PCs/Laptop and servers

Windows 10 Segment Heap Memory Management formerly worked for a few Modern apps and a handful of system apps. In the latest Windows 10 2004 update, memory management improvements have been extended to Win32 applications. This would enable several 3rd-party developers to manage memory in their apps more efficiently.

We could enable it now but that would cause build warnings. Therefore enabling it is blocked on a switch to the Windows 10.0.19041.0 SDK which is currently blocked on some mysterious build failures


However, the Segment Heap Memory Management can only be used on Windows 10 with May 2020 or a higher version. To stay updated on tech and cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here


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