Windows 10 won't release closed apps from memory

I noticed that sometimes the taskbar and start menu hangs and apps crash when opening. When I look at Task Manager I see apps I closed hours ago still loaded. I have to restart Windows Explorer to clear them. Has any one else had this problem?

Hi Ted Smith,

Welcome to Microsoft Community.Your interest in Windows 10 Technical Preview is much appreciated.

Do you see any CPU usage by the closed app?

You can permanently close the app by simply dragging the app to the bottom of the screen (just like how you do it in Windows 8.1) and simply hold the app there for a second until the app tile changes to its own logo. Now the app will close completely and eventually the process will disappear from the Task Manager within a few seconds.

Also refer the below link on How to close the App:

Note: Applies to Windows 10 as well.

Keep us posted if you face any issues on windows in future. We will be glad to help you.

Thanks & Regards,

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Last updated February 2, 2021 Views 785 Applies to: