A full memory can slow down your computer. That is why you should cleanup your memory from time to time. But how do you clear your memory? And what does memory even mean? What does memory mean for your PC and laptop? We explain to you how you can cleanup your computer’s memory and how that helps to speed up your Windows again.
No computer works without memory. Memory is necessary to provide the computer’s processor with data to execute programs quickly. A processor is at the core of every computer, and is responsible for the speed with which programs can be started and executed. If the processor has enough memory available, it has a much faster performance. You are able to open your browser, edit a photo, or play 3D games much more quickly.
But even a fast processor can only perform well if it has enough memory. But what can you do if your memory is full, even though you are not using many programs simultaneously? This article will tell you how to clear your memory.
What is memory?
What is memory? Memory is part of every computer, visible only as a thin bar that is located on the motherboard inside the computer case. The memory is also called RAM. This is an abbreviation for “Random Access Memory” and stands for memory that can be accessed very quickly. Memories are used in different sizes for laptops and PCs. The same unit used to classify hard drives is also used for memory : Gigabyte.
Desktop PCs built before the year 2000 ran on memory/RAM with the size of 256 MB (Megabyte) or 512 MB. Today the most common size for a memory is 4 GB or 8 GB. But Desktop PCs which are designed to run 3D games can even have a 16 GB memory. If you have your Desktop PC assembled by an expert, you can advise them that you intend to use your computer for gaming and therefore need extra memory. You can also find memory in smartphones and tablets where it serves the same purpose as it does in laptops and computers.
Why has memory capacity increased? It is the same reason that has lead to an increase in hard drive sizes: Memory needs to have a higher performance due to increased demands of programs. The more complex a program is, the more memory it needs to be executed smoothly. Just as hard drives have grown over time, memory size has grown in just the same way. 3D games are now more detailed and faster, music files, photos and videos on the hard drive have increased in size - therefore it has become necessary to have a bigger memory.
How does memory work?
What purpose does the memory in your computer serve and how does memory work? When you are opening a software to edit photos and start editing a picture for example, the memory is used to temporarily store the photos and software’s data so that they are easily accessed. If the software had to access the hard drive every time, the computing time would increase significantly and you would have to wait longer to edit the photo. That is why files are temporarily stored in the memory.
The files that are stored here can be processed faster by the computer system. But when you close the software, the files automatically disappear from the memory and more space becomes available for different programs. Even when you start your computer, files are stored directly in the memory. These are files used by programs that automatically open themselves. For WIndows this can be drivers for audio output, graphic boards or programs that have been added manually.
Clear your memory: Why is your memory full?
When you close a program, the files are automatically removed from the memory. But there is one problem: Sometimes this does not work as smoothly as it should. Some programs leave a trace on the memory - even after being closed. That is why the memory keeps adding more files after you have opened a couple of programs. You can notice this by your computer slowing down. But even during a normal session of usage, your memory is used to its capacity: If you run a few programs simultaneously your memory quickly fills up. For example: Your browser is open when you are surfing the internet. If you then check your emails or listen to music, your memory has quite a lot to do. Because all of these applications need memory space. The media player saves music which is currently played on the memory. The browser saves websites and your mail program also needs room for storage. If you are looking through pictures from your digital photo album, which you have filled with years of memories, on top of all the previous things, you will soon be startled by the realisation that your computer has become as slow as a snail. Unfortunately, closing all applications sometimes does not clear your memory and speed up your Windows.
Cleanup Windows memory
How can you cleanup your Windows memory? You can clear your memory with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 by opening the task manager. With Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 you can access your task manager by using the following combination of keys: Just press Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously. Among other things, the task manager shows you which programs are currently being used. You can also see the memory’s workload by using the task manager. Have a closer look at the “Processes” button. If you see programs listed here that you have already closed you should end these processes. If you notice a process, which you want to terminate, just select this process with your cursor and then click “end process”. If you have ended all irrelevant processes you will have more memory available again.
Cleanup your Windows memory with a script
There is another way to clear your memory under Windows, by generating a script. A script executes a predefined assignment on your computer. You can compile such a script yourself using the text editor. Just select the text editor by clicking “Start” and “Accessories”. You then type in the following text: “FreeMem = Space(32000000)” - but without the quotation marks. You have to save this file on your desktop. Saving the file you have to pay attention to the saving popup, selecting “ANSI” as encryption. As a name you could use for example “Clear memory”. You have to change the file extension from .txt to .vbs to transform the file from a text file into a script. If you have completed all of the previous steps you can clear 32 MB from the memory by simply double-clicking the file. Just repeat this procedure a couple of times. You should however, not exceed more than half of the internal memory with the deleted 32 MB. Otherwise you could cause your operating system to crash.
Increase your memory
If you still do not have enough free memory, even after cleaning up your Windows, you can also increase your memory. This is a very easy procedure with most computers and laptops. You can simply install more memory in your computer or laptop. Only in a few very thin ultrabooks, meaning extremely thin laptops, the memory is firmly soldered to the motherboard. It is therefore not possible to remove or expand the memory with these devices. If you plan on buying such a thin laptop or ultrabook, you should first consider how much memory you will need.
If you are looking to increase your computer’s memory it would be best to visit your local TrustATec service partner. We can help you with memory expansion for notebooks and memory expansion for desktop computers. Our professionally trained technicians know exactly which type of memory is right for your laptop or PC and can take care of installing your new memory.