what is runtime broker, and why does it use so much memory?

in task manager there is process called Runtime Broker. and it uses over 600 MB of my ram. putting my average usage at 60% on my 4 gig laptop. not noticed any performance issues yet. just a lot memory being used. makes me think of windows vista almost bc it had same issue in past. it would use all system resources.   
 

Question Info


Last updated August 30, 2019 Views 228,501 Applies to:

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

Hello, 
I am facing this problem too (that is, if it is one). What I have found is that it is some sort of a security feature implemented by Microsoft in Windows 8, that monitors how metro apps use personal information and their related permissions. (Source- http://www.groovypost.com/howto/runtimebroker-exe-process-windows-8-running/
I would like some help as well as it does take up a lot of memory though I haven't yet seen much changes in performance. 

4 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

I also have this problem but much worse - runtime broker was using 2.97 GB of memory when I checked so I killed the process (And yes, that amount of memory usage is definitely a problem!). According to articles I have read, it is supposed to have a very small memory footprint... I'd really like to know when this issue is going to be addressed by Microsoft.  

As far as I am aware, I was not even running any Windows Runtime apps at the time, I was on the desktop using Word, Excel, Mozilla Thunderbird, VLC, Skype, Opera and Explorer. Normal physical memory usage for Windows 7 under similar conditions was around 2.5 GB at most, now it's nearly 6 GB and half of that was taken by Runtime Broker.

2 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Hello again,

You are right. This has become a great problem now. I have done further research and have found that runtime broker and its memory related issues are due to apps with faulty codes that result in memory leaks. The source of memory leaks are very difficult to find. However since my windows installation is relatively new, I have tried uninstalling my apps one by one, and have zeroed in on my antivirus software (Bitdefender total security 2013). I uninstalled it and the runtime broker's memory usage improved immensely (it held at a max memory of 60 mb).

I reinstalled it and almost immediately RUNTIME BROKER's memory usage kept rising. Therefore I guess it is safe to assume that it is my antivirus software which is causing the problem. However since I have already purchased this product, I have no option but to report this problem.

I hope this helps to an extent. What antivirus solution do you use?

 

   

 

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Hi,

 

I'm using Norton Internet Security and I have 500 days left on my subscription so I really hope you're not right!

So the runtime broker manages memory for applications that do not target the Windows Runtime as well as those that do? I thought it was only for new apps that ran in the metro interface...

I will see if removing NIS makes any difference on my machine but like you, I'll just have to live with it if it does.

 

I have had some other issues with metro-style apps not starting and reverting to the start menu when I open them but that's probably unrelated to this issue so I won't go into details here. I guess we have to expect a few teething problems although having said that, these kind of problems should have been ironed out before it was RTM'd.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

well hopefully Microsoft releases an update to fix the memory leak. shouldn't be to hard right?

2 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Well, I think it is actually up to the developer of the (faulty) application, to fix it.  And in order to fix such a problem I guess the whole software is to be reviewed (ie thousands of lines of codes are to be revised), and that is quite a task.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Unless we are all running the same application, the fault could lie with the Windows Runtime and the way that it releases resources / frees memory....or it could be one of the WinRT apps that comes with Windows 8 (or it could be something completely different!), either way I think that it's down to Microsoft to investigate the problem.

I haven't posted in here before - do MS developers ever answer our cries for help or do they leave us to moan to each other about our problems and just hope that we go away? :)

1 person was helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Yup the fault could well be in any application or windows itself. 
It is my first time here as well. :P I doubt developers would take the time to view whats going on in communities as most of the problems people discuss here are usually solved through the community itself. However, I think these threads are checked once in a while by some 'specialist'.
By the way it seems your antivirus is not the cause of your problem, right? :D
  

1 person was helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

I am using Norton 360 and I have the same issue, continuous incremental memory leak, and I am running the legit bought version of Win 8 Pro not the RTM version. I find closing RuntimeBroker.ex restores the memory back to normal. on my system about 2Gig used, but the process restarts itself and before long I'm back to less than 1 Gig free memory on an 8 Gig machine. This is something MS need to fix asap.

1 person was helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Well, I monitored the memory usage for an hour or so and it stayed at around 75MB with Norton Internet Security running. Given that, I don't think that uninstalling it would have made it easy to spot any difference in performance unless I left myself without any antivirus for a couple of days to see if it stopped the problem. I did try running a scan and runtime broker did not move from 75mb.

 

Later on today it started to go up again though and is currently at just over 1.1GB.

 

I upgraded my Windows 7 installation using the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade disk that went on sale on the 26th October, not using the RTM version either. Whilst I've been typing this I've decided to be a daredevil and uninstall Norton. I will observe runtime broker tomorrow and see if it makes any difference.

2 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.