One of the major deciding factors for the speed of PC is the processor speed and the available RAM. There are other actions the operating system takes to ensure that the running process will get sufficient RAM such as paging. This ensures that the application will not malfunction but the response becomes slower. Also, the power consumption increases as the paging activity continually swaps the RAM contents with hard disk contents based on the demand. There are a few tricks the computer user can do so that the PC will always run faster and all the demand can be supplied by the RAM alone and a few of them are discussed in this article.
If the speed of the PC is at snail’s pace it is the indication that the RAM may be running out of stock. Uninstalling or stopping applications will help reducing RAM. But, to decide which one to remove might not look apparently easy. There are a few utilities which can present the memory being used by applications in real time. In general the number of windows kept open consumes more RAM and hence during the need for RAM, closing all the unwanted explorer windows will reduce the RAM usage. The Microsoft office collectively reserves RAM for the edits, restore options and backup options. Hence, documents can be saved and closed when not being edited.
The major RAM is also demanded by browsers when there is a video being streamed or a high graphic game is loaded in other tabs of a browser. Each tab opened will add up to the RAM usage. Hence, when PC is performing slowly, an eye on the memory usage by the browser will help to keep in check the RAM usage. Some of the dead process stay in RAM even after a browser is closed and can be deleted manually only by killing the process. A simple view of RAM usage by Task manager from Windows can give the picture.
There are some applications which launch by themselves during startup and keep running in background. Though the memory used by single application is small, if the number of background applications is more, then collectively the RAM consumed will be significant. The background unwanted applications include, CD burner software, Music updates monitor, Office assistant, CD DVD images importer and editor, Screen capture services etc
The unwanted drivers can also be disabled to get some free RAM. The Wireless drivers, Ethernet drivers and USB drivers can be disabled temporarily when not required. They all collectively help in reducing power and memory usage. The startup applications can be observed using the CCleaner software which easily lists all the installed apps. The software also displays whether the program is set to automatically start during startup. The utility also provides control to the user to deselect the option of automatic starting during Windows startup by the user.
A few more practices to reduce RAM are to disable add-ons in the browsers, disabling desktop gadgets, reducing the icons, navigation and transition effects of Windows. Also, last but not the least, restarting the computer once in a while will help the OS t discard unwanted data from RAM. While the above methods will definitely bring you a heap of RAM it is still a good thing to upgrade RAM if the PC complains of insufficient RAM shortage (applications run at crawling speed).