One of the most annoying things is when you’ve bought a fairly pricey laptop and the damn things doesn’t have enough RAM to run MS Word. Here are some quick fixes.
Most of us have experienced that annoyingly loud sound that signals our laptop is about to set on fire from overusing RAM. When your RAM is maxed out, you actually risk causing gradual damage to your device. Not only that, but any tasks that you try to complete will take ages to execute.
There are some easy tricks to make your computer use less RAM – in this post we’ll go over several of them so that you don’t have to experience slow performance. But first, let’s go over what exactly RAM is so that you can better understand how to preserve it.
What is RAM?
RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It’s a form of temporary storage that allows your computer to run tasks. RAM is volatile memory, which means that it isn’t saved onto your hard drive – instead, it’ll be removed once you turn off your device.
In other words, RAM is what allows you to run tasks and the more tasks you run, the less available RAM you’ll have left.
How to use less RAM?
If your computer is performing slowly, then in all likelihood you’re using too much RAM. There are a number of reasons that this might be – and not all of them relate to how many tasks you have active at a given moment. You might also have malware of some of your RAM might be corrupted. Here are some simple tricks and fixes to improve your computer’s RAM usage on Windows 10.
Many people suggest using ‘RAM cleaners’. These are apps which take RAM from programs that are using it (probably for a good reason) and then free it up to use elsewhere. The thing is with RAM cleaners is that they often take RAM from programs that run in the background and actually need it. For this reason, they’re not ideal and should probably be avoided.
Instead, check out our recommended tricks below to get the most out of your current RAM, or even upgrade it so that you have more.
Restart your computer
If you use your computer regularly, then you should really be turning it off properly at the end of every day. Regularly restarting your computer will clear the RAM storage and this will subsequently lead to a noticeable improvement in speed and processing power.
Regularly restarting your computer also allows Windows to install updates upon restart. Yes, they’re dreaded and they take ages, but they’re also essential to ensure that your computer is protected against the newest identified threats. They’ll also improve how your computer functions and thus improve performance.
Check task manager
You’re probably familiar with the Task Manager tool. If you’re not, then simply press ctrl + alt + delete and then select Task Manager. Once you have this little window open, press the More Details tab at the bottom and you’ll be able to see every program that’s running on your computer – including all those in the background – and exactly how much of your RAM they’re consuming.
This is a great way to see if a particular program is eating up too much RAM. If it is, then it might be corrupted and you’ll have to check for an update to that program or Google how to fix the problem. It’s worth noting that Google Chrome is notorious for eating up tons of RAM, so switching to a more economical web browser like Firefox, Edge, or Brave might also be a good idea.
Take out the trash
If you’ve got apps on your computer that you don’t use anymore, then you might as well just uninstall them. If not, then they’ll just sit there taking up memory in your hard drive and this can actually effect how your RAM performs.
Alternatively, you can set your apps to not start running automatically when you start your computer up. Many apps will simply turn on and start eating in the background and this is totally unnecessary in most cases.
Check for malware
If you’ve not got an antivirus software installed on your computer then God’s sake install one now. Once it’s up and running, do a full scan of your hard drive to make sure that you don’t have any malware infecting your computer. Malware can dramatically eat up RAM and damage your files or your computer’s system. It’s essential to regularly check for malware and remove any that you discover.
Avast is a free and effective antivirus software that is massively popular and trusted. We recommend that you use that or one that is similar in terms of popularity and legitimacy.
Get new RAM
If you simply can’t free up any space, then it might be worth simply buying more RAM. Sometimes your computer might not have any space available to slot the new RAM in, but if it does, then buying more or improved RAM sticks is a sure-fire way to greatly enhance your device’s performance.
You’ll have to ensure that the RAM you’re buying is compatible with your computer. For this reason, we recommend that you go to a proper computer shop so that a professional can advise you.
If you’ve got slow performance, then try these tricks out and they should give you noticeable results. Frankly, if your computer is relatively new, then just taking care of it and ensuring that your turn it off after use and regularly update it should be enough to ensure that its RAM stays in good shape.
If your computer is old and faulty, then it’s worth noting that upgrading your RAM can be expensive – it might just be time to consider buying a new computer!