Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Von Marco am in Technology

At Encodo, we’re much more cautious about installing massive Windows updates. Since a couple of us (including me) have started experiencing memory leaks in the previous version, we installed it on select machines.

Memory Leak fixed?

The memory leak we were experiencing was only on a couple of machines. It manifested as Task Manager reporting a very high RAM-usage percentage and, occasionally, Windows popping up a message box asking to close applications. Also, Win + S no longer responded on the first try (i.e. the Windows shell became only partially responsive).

Investigating with the RAMMap tool from Microsoft revealed a large amount (8GB) of “Process Private” RAM that couldn’t all be accounted for in Task Manager or the Resource Monitor.

Initial results are better and seem to indicate normal behavior: if an application that uses a lot of RAM (e.g. Visual Studio) is closed, the reported RAM usage drops correspondingly.

NB; this is not at all a scientific conclusion. We applied the update and memory management on a previously misbehaving machine is better. That’s all.

Task Manager

The Task Manager has two immediately obvious improvements:

  • All of an application’s related processes are now collected under that application’s node in the Task Manager. This is most obvious for web browsers, for which a much more realistic—and, possibly, scary—RAM-usage figure is shown. Other applications, like Visual Studio and even iTunes (as shown in the screenshot below, benefit). This gives the user a much clearer picture of which applications are actually using resources, even if they have been split into multiple processes.
  • % GPU usage is now a default column. You can now see that your web browsers are making good use of all hardware, where appropriate.

 Windows 10 Task Manager

One drawback, though, is that you can no longer see which solution is open in which instance of Visual Studio.

Aero Shake

Microsoft, as usual, has re-enabled settings that you may have turned off. They did this with the mind-boggling feature called “Aero Shake”: when you grab a Window title and shake it with the mouse, all other Windows are minimized. At first, just the feature was bizarre; now, it’s Microsoft’s fixation with re-enabling this feature that is truly worrying.

We’ve disabled it in the group policies on our domain controller so our users never have to suffer again.

Conclusion

We have not found any drawbacks to this update with our software and development tools and will roll it out to the rest of our users immediately.