Have you lost your mind because of your computer’s slowness? Don’t rush into looking for a successor just yet. There are certain things you may do that could make your computer faster and delay an expensive purchase.
The time it takes for your computer to complete operations like opening and running programs, switching between tabs in an internet browser, streaming media, editing images and videos, and so on depends on a number of factors.
How well your computer makes use of RAM and other forms of memory on the hard drive and elsewhere is a crucial aspect (RAM). When a computer is overloaded with applications and background tasks, it takes significantly more power to boot up and operate.
Dell even says that RAM effects the performance of your computer. In order to speed up your computer, you can attempt a few different things, the most obvious of which are freeing up space on your hard drive and adding more RAM.
1. Check RAM Usage Through Windows Tools
- Instead of trying to guess what’s using your RAM, Windows can display this information for you. To launch Task Manager, either press Ctrl + Shift + Esc or look for it in the Start menu.
- If you need to see more, just click the “More details” link. Then, on the Processes page, click the Memory header to sort the processes from highest to lowest RAM usage. Keep these apps in mind; we’ll be discussing them in greater depth shortly. Remember that more RAM is needed for more intensive applications, thus high RAM utilisation isn’t always a red flag. If you have a dozen tabs open in your browser, for instance, it will consume more RAM than if you just had one open in your notepad.
- To get more information, please visit the Performance menu. Your RAM usage over time is graphically represented in the Memory section. To learn more, go to the Memory menu and then click Open Resource Monitor at the very bottom of the window that opens.
- Your available RAM is displayed graphically below. To determine which applications consume the most memory, sort the top list by Commit (KB). If you think you have a significant problem after reading this, I recommend checking out the full guide on troubleshooting memory leaks.
2. By Restarting Your Windows
- You’ve probably heard this before, but there’s a good reason why it’s a go-to troubleshooting technique.
- When you restart your computer, all open programs and data in memory are deleted and the system begins from scratch. This won’t make more RAM available, but it will end any processes that are using up your system’s RAM in the background. It’s possible that there are procedures going on that you’re not aware of.
- If you use your computer regularly, it is extremely important to restart it on a regular basis to prevent congestion. It’s time to restart your computer if it hasn’t been done in a week and you’re experiencing slow performance.
3. By Running A Malware Scan
Spyware should be investigated if memory is disappearing unexpectedly. Malicious malware designed to steal resources will consume all of your memory. You should run a scan through Malwarebytes. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so let’s hope it doesn’t turn up anything.
4. Remove or disable unwanted software
Now that you know which programs are using the most memory on your computer, you can decide whether or not to keep them installed. You may easily reduce RAM usage by preventing unused programs from accessing RAM.
Keeping an application on your computer that you haven’t opened in months is a waste of system resources. To remove a program, go to the Settings menu, then tap the Apps button, and finally tap the Apps & features menu.
You can prevent an app from starting up at all if you rarely use it but don’t want to delete it. While convenient for frequent users, it can be wasteful to have apps load every time you log in if you only use them infrequently.
5. Remove or turn off any software that isn’t required.
Now that you’ve seen which applications on your system consume the most random access memory (RAM), you should consider whether or not you actually use those applications. You may easily limit the amount of RAM that is being used by your computer by ensuring that programmes that you never use anyway are prevented from using it.
You should get rid of any applications that are still running in the background despite the fact that you haven’t opened them in weeks or months because they are doing nothing except wasting resources on your computer. To do this, go to your device’s settings, then to the Apps menu, then to the Apps & features menu, and click the Uninstall button next to each app that you wish to delete.
You can stop a programme from launching automatically when your computer boots up if you don’t want to delete an application from your device since you use it occasionally. Numerous applications can be configured to launch themselves immediately after you log in, which can be annoying if you only use those applications seldom.
6. By Updating Your Apps
Installing programme updates in a timely manner is not only important from a safety perspective, but doing so can also assist in minimising the amount of memory that is wasted.
Memory leaks are a problem that can affect some applications and arise when a software fails to return RAM to its allotment after it has finished making use of those resources.
These kinds of applications consume more and more RAM over time, leaving fewer resources available for use by the other applications running on your system. Installing the most recent update for an application will, if all goes according to plan, include a solution to any memory leak issues that may have been discovered with the application.
Aside from this, the most recent versions of applications may have optimizations and changes that make it unnecessary for the software to consume as much random access memory (RAM) in general.