In Windows operating system, a memory leak occurs when a program asks for more memory than what the program actually needs. The program therefore uses only the memory that it requires which means unallocated memory is left unused in the program. This unallocated memory is not used by the same program that requested for it and is not even made available to other running programs that really need it. The result is that it spikes the system and compressed memory process causing it to occupy up to 100% of memory. In simple terms, a memory leak occurs.
When the same program that is causing the memory leak is closed, the program fails to return back the initial memory that was allocated to it. In this case, the available memory is not enough for other processes to use. If those other processes do not have enough memory, they slow down system performance. There are many reasons why leaking memory occurs. However, the most common reason is programming oversight. For most users, the Task Manager gives them a great tool for analyzing the memory leak problem. This is because they can simply end the program or process causing the memory leak.
But Task Manager is not the best tool for deeply analyzing the memory leak problem or system and compressed memory high disk usage issue. One way of doing it is to use the Memory Diagnostic Tool in Windows OS. This is a great tool that scans a computer for possible memory problems including all memory leaks. The tool also gives users the exact diagnostics about the detected programs. This built-in tool in Windows 10 is usually enough to provide accurate analysis of your computer. The tool runs automatically through the system and it is possible to run it manually. If you think your computer might have a memory problem, open this tool, run it and wait for results.