Remove stutter in Windows 10 games with Intelligent Standby List Cleaner

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 29, 2018
Updated • Oct 29, 2018
Software, Windows 10

Intelligent Standby List Cleaner is a free software program designed specifically for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system to remove or reduce stutters that users experience when playing games on devices running the operating system. Latest versions of the application are compatible with previous Windows versions as well.

Some users of Windows 10 who use devices running the operating system reported issues with stutters in games when Microsoft released the Creators Update for the operating system. The issues have persisted for these users in newer feature updates for Windows 10

One user, who happened to be a programmer as well, developed an application designed to reduce or eliminate the stutter that these users experienced while playing games. Some users may know the programmer Wagnard from one of his other tools: Display Driver Uninstaller is a useful administrative tool to remove all video card driver traces from Windows machines usually to prepare the system for a new installation of a driver.

The application Intelligent Standby List Cleaner tries to tackle the issue at hand by clearing the memory standby list whenever it exceeds 1024 MB.

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Just download the latest version of the application from the developer's website and run it to extract the self-extracting archive to the local system. The program itself is portable and can be run from any location without installation.

The interface displays a large number of memory related readings including the total system memory, free memory, memory timings, and the memory of the standby list and system working set.

The program is set up by default to clear the standby list when it exceeds 1024 MB and when free memory drops below the 1024 Megabytes threshold.

These values can be modified in the application's interface to better address the issue that a user experiences on a particular machine running Windows 10.

Users need to hit the Start button to start the memory monitoring and cleaning that Intelligent Standby List Cleaner supports. Activation of stop ends the monitoring and returns to the status quo.

The application supports an option to clean the standby list manually with a tap on a button in the interface. Advanced users may enable the option to set custom timer resolutions.

Intelligent Standby List Cleaner works silently in the background when you hit the start button in the interface. It monitors free memory and standby list memory and acts whenever a set threshold is reached. Basically, what you should see happening is that free memory is increased more often while the program is running which in theory should help users who experience stutters in games.

The application may be useful in other scenarios where free memory is low and standby list memory is high.

Closing Words

Intelligent Standby List Cleaner is a program that users who experience stutter while playing games may want to give a shot to see if it resolves or reduces the issue that they face. It is certainly not a program that fixes all issues associated with lag and stutter in games but it may work well for some users.

Now You: Do you experience stutter or lag in games on Windows?

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  1. Haakon said on January 14, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t know if zapping the list every time it exceeds 1 gig is a bit overkill. The problem seems to be that the standbylist is full of other stuff when you fire up the game, and windows causes stutters when it has to ditch irrelevant stuff in favor of game files. I just run EmptyStandbyList.exe before I launch the game, and when I quit the game there’s 6-8 gigs in there, presumably game related stuff.

    Maybe add an option to detect when game .exes fire up, and then zap the standbylist?
    Ideally, windows should fix their VM code, but hey..

  2. Onanymouse said on October 30, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    But “unused ram is wasted ram!”

    That’s why I also fill my SSD to 99% full with page file, temp files, cache, prefetch, etc

    Unused SSD is wasted SSD

    Idk why my computer’s so slow guys

  3. Jean said on October 30, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    The weather is fine here at Redmond, dear…

  4. Jean said on October 30, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Has not much to do with Windows clogging up the memory while playing a game and then causing stutters but more the game code that doesn’t have good memory management in the first place.

    1. Anonymous said on October 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      yeah, must be why games that never exhibited this problems before the ‘update’ magically did after

      how’s the weather at redmond bud?

  5. Anonymous said on October 30, 2018 at 6:27 am

    this has been stumping me forever with windows 10, what an annoying oversight, but not surprising considering the state of windows store for pc gaming; they just don’t really give a f about gaming on windows despite all their usual pr fluff.

  6. Moloch said on October 30, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Been using a similar tool:

    This one basically cleans it every time it is run, i have set up a task that cleans it every 5 minutes, worked wonders for Battlefield 1 for example, it would fill the remainder of my 16GB as standby after a while and stuttered like hell, stutters were completely gone after i started using the app.

    1. undePhined said on June 28, 2019 at 4:22 am
  7. stefann said on October 30, 2018 at 12:59 am

    There must be something seriously wrong with Microsoft and Windows 10 if a third party tool should be needed for something like this…..

    I know there are similar softwares for earlier Windows versions to, but they were more or less fakes….

  8. Mr. Stank said on October 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    “The program is set up by default to clear the standby list when it exceeds 1024 MB or when free memory drops below the 1024 Megabytes threshold.”

    The settings show that both conditions need to be met at the same time. There is an “and” clearly between the two memory size boxes.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 29, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Right, thank you!

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