Google is about to fix one of the worst things about Chrome in Windows 10 – BGR

  • Google has announced that it will fix one of the worst things about running the Chrome browser on Windows 10, the resource drain.
  • Chrome can consume a lot of memory on Windows PCs, affecting overall performance and causing crashes.
  • Google confirmed that it has found a way to allow users to completely shut down Chrome processes and free up memory when the browser slows everything down.

Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world and this is hardly a surprise. It is fast, has many useful tricks and supports many useful extensions that can improve the experience of the Internet surface. Chrome is also terribly annoying, to the point where I tried to abandon it for years. It is a major resource consumer and can significantly affect laptop battery life. As I type these words, my MacBook fans are taking action, a sign that Chrome is consuming a lot of resources. These are problems that Google has promised to continually fix, with the latest promises coming earlier this year. While Chrome can be annoying on all operating systems, Google has just confirmed that it will fix one of the worst things about running Chrome on Windows 10 computers.

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Chrome can consume a lot of memory on Windows 10 machines, and that can ruin the whole experience, especially on older machines that don’t have a lot of RAM available. The more tabs you open, the more resources Chrome will use, which can leave other applications running on your PC. Chrome issues can lead to crashes, and this is also an annoying side effect that can result in some data loss.

Google explained on its Chromium website (via Tom’s Guide) how this will solve the problem. Google will use a Windows 10 feature called TerminateProcess to allow users to recover the memory that Chrome used much faster and cleaner than before:

Exiting a process cleanly is difficult and expensive. Avoiding race conditions is almost impossible with complex software and a clean exit can be quite slow. Waiting for all the threads, code and data paging and race conditions are not worth it.

We have gradually switched to using TerminateProcess for more types of processes. Although most shutdown processes tracked by this bug are in utility processes, this change uses TerminateProcess for all types of processes. We must not let destructors be executed, so it must be safe to never use exit () (or make it optional).

Closing tabs or the entire browser when the system freezes may not immediately free up RAM now. But the Chrome fix that Google announced can prevent this type of behavior and reduce the number of crashes. TerminateProcess is a Windows feature that tells a program to terminate all processes and threads and immediately release those resources.

It is not clear when the fix will be released, however. Google didn’t offer a timeline, but I hope it’s sooner or later. Once implemented, the fix should improve the overall performance of Windows 10, allowing users to better manage resources. Until that happens, it’s a good idea to limit the number of tabs open and restart your PC when it crashes. A RAM update is also something that can fix Chrome crashes.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby and, before he knew it, was sharing his views on technology with readers around the world. Whenever he’s not writing about gadgets, he fails miserably to stay away from them, although he tries desperately. But this is not necessarily a bad thing.