With frequent use and a lot of application running, a computer can slow down due to the lack of memory in the system. If you continue with this pace without freeing up your computer memory, problems will begin to occur starting with system slowdowns. Once in awhile, to prevent problems from occurring, it is highly recommended to free up memory in your system. Here are some simple tips on how to accomplish this.
- Uninstall programs and applications. Sometimes, people install various programs and applications to try them out or use them only once. Normally, they forget to uninstall these programs. Each program installed on your computer will begin to eat away at your system memory, which can cause the system to slowdown. To prevent this, you should uninstall any program or application that you do not use anymore. Open up your PC's "Control Panel" and click on the "Add or Remove Programs" icon to bring up the list of programs currently installed on your computer. Select the programs that you don't plan to use anymore and remove them from your system. This will free up some memory that should speed up your system.
- Clean your hard drive. If your hard drive is full to the brim with a lot of files stored, then it is highly possible that your system is running a lot of memory to maintain these files. Clean up your drive to clear some memory space. Delete each and every file that seems to be useless in your hard drive. Normally, people really store a lot of junk in their drives and you are probably one of these people. Find and delete these files to clear up some space and valuable memory.
- Execute the disk cleanup function. Windows will have a disk cleanup feature that allows you to automatically search and delete for useless system and Internet files that have been temporarily saved on your system as you use it. To execute this, click on the "Start" menu, then "Accessories", "system tools" and choose disc cleanup. Follow the instructions on the new window to delete useless junk on your system. The clean up can automatically delete the cookies you store from when you browse the Internet. These can suck memory out of the system as well.
- Delete files from your desktop. Shortcuts and saved files on your desktop can really be a memory hog. The more files displayed on your desktop will mean more memory to maintain the display. This causes additional slowdowns. Delete any unused files or shortcuts on the desktop to free up more memory.
- Reboot your computer. Many people forget that after a long day of using the computer, eaten up memory can't be freed unless you reboot the system and reset the memory allocations. The best way to free up memory is reboot the system. Do this every 3 to 6 hours to ensure that memory is always available.
If all these fail in speeding up your systems, it may be time to scan your computer for viruses, run an operating system optimizing application, or do a full reformat of your hard drive. Make sure to exhaust all the other options before proceeding with these drastic measures.