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ED#152 : The NVIDIA Control Panel Memory Leak Problem
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How Do I Fix This Memory Leak?

Well, we cannot actually "fix" the leak. The only way to fix the problem is to disable NVIDIA Settings (nvtray.exe).

First, launch the NVIDIA Control Panel. There are three ways to do this :

  1. Double-click on the NVIDIA Settings tray icon in the Notification Area (Windows tray).

  2. Right-click on the NVIDIA Settings tray icon in the Notification Area and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the drop-down list that appears.

  3. Go to Start -> Control Panel and click on NVIDIA Control Panel.

In the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on the Desktop menu, or press Alt-K. The drop-down menu will show you the default options enabled in the Control Panel, which includes "Show Notification Tray Icon".

Now, click on the "Show Notification Tray Icon" option and the check mark will disappear.

If you check the Task Manager now, you will see that nvtray.exe has disappeared. Congratulations - you have successfully removed and disabled NVIDIA Settings! This releases the memory it has been using to the system. If you go to the Performance tab of the Windows Task Manager, you should see a marked drop in the Physical Memory Usage History section.

Note that you can you re-enable NVIDIA Settings (nvtray.exe) anytime you want by clicking on the "Show Notification Tray Icon" option in the NVIDIA Control Panel. However, if it was leaking memory earlier, restarting NVIDIA Settings won't prevent it from leaking again. We tried it several times with the same result. We stopped after that because as Rita Mae Brown said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results..."

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