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5 ways To Free Up RAM on Your PC

#1) Remove Unnecessary Startup Programs

When was the last time you cleaned up your computer’s startup programs? Many programs are set to launch on startup by default, which subsequently consumes valuable system resources (RAM included). You can add or remove startup programs within Windows by running msconfig.exe. Go through the list and disable startup on any unnecessary programs. This won’t uninstall them from your computer, but it will prevent them from automatically running each time your computer boots up.

#2) Remove Unnecessary Hardware Components

We discussed this in a previous post, but it’s worth mentioning again that hardware components, such as advanced video cards, use RAM. They don’t use it in the typical manner, however, but instead a certain amount of memory is allocated for the respective hardware. So even if you have 8GB of memory installed, your operating system may only show 7GB of usable RAM – the other 1GB is allocated for the BIOS and hardware components. Removing these components will free up the RAM that was previously allocated for its use.

#3) Minimize Programs

A third way to free up RAM is to minimize programs and apps. It’s not uncommon for the average user to have over a dozen different programs running simultaneously, each of which consumes RAM and other system resources. Minimizing programs that aren’t being used, however, will reduce its consumption of resources. Minimized programs will still consume some memory, but it’s not nearly as much as a fully open program.

#4) Windows Task Manager

You can check to see which programs are consuming the most memory by using Windows Task Manager. To access Task Manager, search for “Task Manager” after clicking start, or you can click Ctrl+Alt+Del. Once open, click on “Memory” to sort the open processes based on their memory consumption. If you notice any unnecessary processes using a large amount of memory, right click and choose “End task” to stop them. Be warned, though, manually killing certain processes can result in errors.

#5) Install RAM

Okay, this isn’t technically going to free up extra memory on your computer, but installing more RAM can improve its performance. Check the specifications of your motherboard and operating system to determine exactly how much RAM it supports. Some people assume that processor speed holds the greatest weight in a computer’s performance, but it’s often RAM that makes the most difference.

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