A slow computer is a very common problem for any computer user. And one of the reasons why your computer’s performance drops is that your PC doesn’t have enough RAM (Random Access Memory) to optimize the programs that the computer is running. You can quickly solve this problem by installing more RAM in your machine or trying these 12 tips to free up RAM for Windows 10 computers that we will cover in this article.
Restart your PC
This is the simplest and easiest way to help you free up RAM on your computer. And restarting your PC will also clear all memory and reset all running programs. Although this will not increase your available RAM, it will clean up background programs that can eat up your RAM.
Remove programs that have not been used for a long time
Removing old programs that you have not used for a long time is an extremely necessary action. This not only keeps them from running in the background on your PC, but can also help you free up your computer’s RAM and hard drive.
Instructions to delete software that have been unused for a long time on Windows 10 PC:
Step 1: Go to Settings with the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: Click the Apps section.
Step 3: Select the software/application you want to remove.
Step 4: Click the Uninstall button.
Check the amount of ram used on the computer
If you’ve removed unused programs, but you still feel like something is slowing down your computer, check to see if any software is currently using a large amount of memory of the PC’s RAM or not.
Here’s how to find out all the programs/software that are “eating up” many computer RAM on your device.
Step 1: Right-click on the Windows Taskbar and click on Task Manager. Or you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager quickly.
Step 2: Select the Processes tab.
Step 3: Click on Memory to sort the programs using the amount of RAM they are using.
Step 4: Search for programs at the top of the list and filter out “unknown” programs.
Step 5: Then right-click on that program and select End task to stop that program immediately.
Disable unnecessary Windows startup programs
If there are too many programs / software that start with Windows, it will also reduce the performance of your computer and “steal” a lot of your RAM.
Steps to turn off programs that start with Windows computers:
Step 1: Open Task Manager on your PC with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + ESC.
Step 2: Next, click the Startup tab.
Step 3: Click Startup impact to rearrange programs by RAM usage from high to low.
Step 4: Right-click on the applications you do not want to start Windows and select Disable.
Scan for Viruses and Malware
Computer viruses can significantly reduce the performance of your computer/laptop. Or it could be because you installed pirated third-party software and they stole your system resources. Therefore, you need to use the best anti-virus software to find and prevent their damage to your PC and free up RAM for your computer.
Stop background apps
On Windows 10, the number of applications running in the background is greatly increased, such as downloading data, updating Live Tiles, and displaying notifications. And these background apps (even if you don’t start them) can drain your battery, waste bandwidth and system resources (including RAM). And you’ll be able to save a lot of your computer’s RAM by preventing these apps from running in the background.
Step 1: Open Windows Settings with the Windows + I keyboard shortcut and click Privacy.
Step 2: Next, click Background apps. Under Choose which apps can run in the background, drag the switch to OFF the apps you want to restrict.
Step 3: Also, above the Background Apps section, you can also turn off the Let apps in the background option to prevent any apps from running in the section below.
Remove browser extensions
We often install a browser extension to use the extra features it provides. But if you keep installing extensions indiscriminately, this is also a source of malware and a threat to your PC and you will probably notice that Google Chrome uses a lot of RAM.
And removing these extensions will help free up RAM on your PC. You should only install extensions that you know and trust. Otherwise, you will need the help of computer cleaners to protect your PC against malware threats.
Turn off visual effects on Windows
Windows 10 also comes with a lot of visual effects for Windows, Menus and more. If you have too much RAM, these visual effects will not affect you at all. However, if you have a “modest” amount of RAM, these effects will seriously affect Windows 10 performance because they take up many available RAM. And disabling these visual effects will increase your RAM significantly.
Step 1: Use the Windows + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer on your PC.
Step 2: Next, right-click This PC and select Properties.
Step 3: Click Advanced system settings.
Step 4: Click the Settings button in the Performance section.
Step 5: Finally, you need to click Adjust for the best performance and select OK to save.
Step 6: All visual effects on Windows will be disabled with this setting. And if you want to customize this setting, you can choose any visual effect you feel comfortable with.
Update the software on your computer
Another important thing is that you should use the latest version of the software/applications available on your computer. Old software/application versions can cause your PC to take a lot of RAM to process, which in turn slows down your computer.
Try using a different web browser.
Another way to free up RAM on your computer is to try changing the web browser you often use. If you do not know which web browser to use, immediately refer to our Top 5 best web browsers in 2020.
Set up virtual RAM
Setting up virtual RAM can also help you keep your computer’s performance stable. The steps are as follows:
Step 1: Search for Control Panel from Start Menu and open it.
Step 2: Switch the Category view on the top right to Small icons mode (if necessary) and select System.
Step 3: In the left side of the window, click on Advanced system settings, and it will open a new window.
Step 4: Here, in the Advanced tab, click Settings located below the Performance section.
Step 5: Go to the Advanced tab again and click the Change button.
Now you will see that your main drive will have a Paging File Size (MB) parameter. In many cases, you can check the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box at the top of the window and let Windows automatically customize it. But you can turn it off then set the Initial size, Maximum size for virtual RAM.
Upgrade more RAM for your computer
If your device is seriously low on RAM and wants to run many programs/applications simultaneously, there is no other way: you need to install more RAM in the machine. Although this will cost a little bit, it will help you improve the performance of your computer quickly without having to install or modify anything on the machine.