How To Free Up RAM

How To Free Up RAM


Martha Davis
August 17, 2021

Like any other hardware geek, I also had a quest to know the significance of RAM in a modern-day PC.

Under the hierarchy of different types of storage, RAM holds the greatest importance out of all. Specifically, RAM is short-span memory to store the data used busily on your PC to have instant access. All the processes running on your system use RAM in required proportions. 

Every time you shut down your computer, the data is cleared. However, when you run too many programs simultaneously on your system, the performance gets low if you don’t have enough RAM.

In such instances, you will need to clear up your RAM to boost the PC’s performance. Here is a complete guide on how to free up RAM in your PC.

Why Is It Important to Free Up RAM?

Why Is It Important to Free Up RAM?

You cannot deny the importance of clearing RAM since ram is considered the primary source of memory for all running programs.

In addition, your Operating System and the programs need to store temporary files for running smoothly. So, without the right amount of RAM, things could end in chaos. 

Many factors explain the significance of clearing up the ram. Here are some of them:

Slow PC Performance

With the availability of less RAM, your PC will become slow, and you may also experience regular blinking of your hardware resulting in frequent lags in computer programs.

Sometimes, you might have noticed that your PC runs smoothly at the start but starts slowing down over time. It is an indication that you need to check your RAM. In short, a high amount of free RAM means better PC performance.

Issues In Gaming

If you are a regular gamer and your maximum PC RAM is occupied, you will likely face crashes or stuttering during the gameplay. In addition, less RAM during gameplays makes fewer data sets load, which makes choppier graphics and causes a drop in frame rate.

While you can always increase the capacity of RAM on your gaming PC, freeing up available memory is the best option.

Corrupt Data Files

Intense load on RAM has an adverse effect on your frequently used programs.

These files often become corrupt and cannot be opened until you restart your PC to free up some RAM. For instance, if you use your PC to access too many Word/Excel documents, you may have difficulty opening these apps.

Unexpected BSOD (Blue Screen OF Death) Errors

The random restart of a Windows PC with a Blue Screen error is commonly due to an overload of RAM. However, you can’t conclude this every time as PCs might have other issues too. Instead, you can blame your RAM for this if your PC restarts whenever installing a new application.

In other words, having more RAM will help you get rid of BSOD errors.

You can get rid of these possible issues by clearing the RAM if a lack of RAM causes them. 

How To Clear RAM In Your PC? [Simple Methods]

Clearing your RAM after regular periods is quite necessary as most of the time, programs keep running in the background even without your knowledge.

It could be common if you have provided start-up access to some programs. And it becomes more critical when you have just enough RAM. Here are some simple methods that can help you clear up RAM:

Reboot Your System

The first and effortless step towards clearing your RAM is restarting your PC. It looks simple and works well since RAM is a volatile memory and requires power to store the data. So, restarting the PC will clear up RAM space on your device. Then, when you boot back up, things should be okay.

Stop Apps Running in the Background

Many software that we download for single use and then forget to disable them. Some of these apps are frequently used, while some of them are not. If you are experiencing constant random crashes due to RAM, you can try clearing all apps in the background since they consume a lot of RAM. Here’s how to stop the apps running in the background:

  • Open the start menu and navigate to the main settings. In settings, go to privacy and then background apps. 

Monitor Your RAM Usage

You can always check the utilization of the RAM by different programs on your PC. Unfortunately, many programs tend to use a larger portion of RAM, making it difficult for PCs to run. While experiencing random crashes on PC due to RAM shortage, you can stop these apps to get some relief. Follow the steps given below:

Go to the task manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+ESC together. You can also open it by searching on the start menu.

  • Expand the processes tab and click on the memory section. You will see the list of all the applications with their RAM usage in decreasing order.
  • Select the application and press the send button given at the right bottom of the window to stop any application.
  • Shift to the performance tab to see the chart depicting RAM usage and free memory available with your device.

Clear Your Page Files Before Shutdown

Page files are not cleared when you shut down or restart your PC because they are stored on a hard drive. To clear the RAM stored on-page files, you need to clear the page files. You can do it by opening the registry editor. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor by typing in the start menu.
  2. Give permission to the registry editor for making the changes. 
  3. On the left side of the window, select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
  4. Navigate to the System and then select the current control set.
  5. Locate the “Control” option and select “Session Manager.” 
  6. Go to memory management and select “CLEARPAGEFILESHUTDOWN.”
  7. Under the value data box, enter “1” and press OK.

This step will make sure that your page files are reset when you shut down the computer. In turn, you can expect a snappy PC experience.


We believe this guide helped you free up at least a considerable amount of RAM on your computer. Of course, it is always better to upgrade to a higher-capacity RAM kit. However, if it is not an immediate option, you can have some solace with the listed options.


Martha Davis

Martha Davis is a computer hardware specialist who works extensively in designing and manufacturing hardware devices, researching advanced computer technology. She built as a platform to share her insight on computers and PC assembly with the web. Currently, she is carrying out her research on Robotics and Computer Vision and working privately to deliver services. Martha makes sure that readers of master the basics of setting up computer components like motherboard, CPUs, and GPUs through the informative articles that she writes.