What is dwm.exe?

by Sanju 2009-07-24 13:40:47

What is dwm.exe?

dwm.exe is a Desktop Window Manager and is responsible for the graphical effects in Microsoft Windows Vista operating system such as 3D effects, live windows previews and windows transparencies. It takes more memory usage.


Memory Usage

If you open up Task Manager, you can see the dwm.exe process in the list, typically taking somewhere between 30-50MB of memory..
The size of the DWM process is controlled by the number of windows that you have open, since each window requires a buffer in memory to store the contents of the window. If you have a large number of very large windows open, DWM will use more memory.
By default it will be in Vista arrow. Just switch it to Vista Basic and it will help you to reduce some memory in dwm.exe.


How do you switch to Vista Basic?

> Just right-click on the desktop
> Choose Personalize, and then Window Color and Appearance.

After that switch it to Vista Basic.


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