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Preventing Apps From Staying in Memory

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    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Preventing Apps From Staying in Memory


    I've noticed that even though I didn't run 'Reader' it's running and in Task Manager.
    At times I also see 'Store' running when I haven't run it.
    Any way to prevent unwanted apps from running??

    BTW. I'm well aware of how to close them.

    James

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2
    8.1

    Killing 8.1 apps


    Try Alt + F4. bye, bye app
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  3. #3


    Posts : 136
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I can do the same thing by rebooting, can't I??
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,584
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello James,

    Yep, that's another way to have an app completely close unless it's set to run at startup. If you like, here are some other methods.

    Apps - Close in Windows 8

    Hope this helps.
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    Posts : 136
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I'll look into the suggestions.

    Thanks,
    James
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome James.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 203
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I hope Winaero.com comes up with a way to close apps off memory via top left corner app switcher, this would be so much more convenient for me and the funny thing is this was the default way for closing apps off memory in Windows 8, Microsoft changed it in Windows 8.1 so that closing an app from the app switcher makes the apps suspend dynamically staying in memory only if another instance requests the need for the memory space or the system runs low on memory then Windows will automatically close the suspended apps and take them off memory.

    This is a neat prefetching like performance feature for Metro UI apps in Windows 8.1 specifically for tablet users who are constantly switching between Metro UI apps and Desktop programs but pretty useless for Desktop users who mainly use Desktop programs and only occasional use Metro UI apps, personally I prefer the way the app switcher closing worked in Windows 8 as an alternative and the same as pressing ALT + F4 shortcut keys.
    Last edited by Nemix; 15 Dec 2013 at 23:26.
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