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Metro apps keep running in the background after closing

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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro

    Metro apps keep running in the background after closing


    Hi, whenever I open a Metro app like Weather, even after closing it using the red cross in the upper right corner (feature added in 8.1 Update), the app will keep running in the background forcing me to end it with Task Manager. Is this normal?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Antares,

    Yep, when you close an app with the red X on the upper right corner it only suspends the app to the background. When an app is supended, think of it as being placed in standby mode. The app will not use any system resources if suspended. A suspended app will still sit in memory (RAM) until that memory is needed by something else in Windows 8 and is then closed automatically to free the memory. While the app is sitting in memory, it will allow the app to be loaded faster the next time you open it since it's already in memory.

    The tutorial below can help show you how to completely close an app though.

    Apps - Close in Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    Thanks Brink for that tutorial, worked great.
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    You're most welcome.
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