Increase Internal Memory in Windows 10, Windows 7 & 8 – Clean up System Junk

Replacing the internal memory (RAM or hard drive) is a tedious job. And reassembling it is even trickier.

On the other hand, increasing internal memory is quite easy. As you’d guess, the more memory the merrier you are. Here’s how:

 

Cleaning the Entire System

The most easy way to increase internal memory and speed up your computer would be to perform a holistic cleanup operation. You can use tools such as the ST Cleaner which cleans up junk from the system, browsers as well as trash created by software and multimedia files. Use it to your advantage and make your Windows 10 experience even more better.

 

View System Resource Use

The Task Manager shows you how each active program and process is making use of the system resources. You can also decide if you wish to terminate any program / process. Here is the procedure outlined according to several Windows versions.

 

For Windows 10

  1. Right-click the Taskbar.
  2. Select Task Manager.
  3. Click the Processes tab.
  4. Click the CPU column head.
  5. Right-click any item you wish to stop and select End Task.

 

For Windows 8.1/8

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Search and type Resource.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Now you’ll be seeing the View System Resource Use in Task Manager link.Open it.
  5. Here you can control all active applications. End the unnecessary ones.

 

For Windows 7/Vista

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
  2. Click Task Manager and open it.
  3. End all unnecessary processes that you come across.

 

Use Resource Monitor Tool

The Resource Monitor provides you with all the details about the available system resources. Here how you can access it:

 

For Windows 10

  1. Type Resource Monitor in the Search Box.
  2. Open it from the Search Results.
  3. Click the CPU tab.
  4. Click the Average CPU column head.
  5. Now right-click a resource-intensive item that you wish to shut down and select End Process.

 

For Windows 8.1/8

  1. Press Windows Key + X. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Security Administrative Tools.
  3. Double click Resource Monitor.
  4. Now you will be seeing all the relevant information on the screen

 

For Windows 7/Vista

  1. Click Start and open the Control Panel.
  2. Perform steps # 2-5 from the last solution.

 

Use Windows Experience Index

Microsoft has designed a Windows Experience Index that lays out all important performance statistics of your system. It is very important to keep an eye on this area on a periodic basis. Poor ratings means you need to replace some hardware.

 

For Windows 10

Microsoft has discounted this tool in Windows 10, however you may download third-party utilities designed to assess and rate hardware components.

 

For Windows 8.1/8

  1. Open Computer and select Properties.
  2. Click Windows Experience Index.
  3. If you’re accessing this feature for the first time you will have to click on Rate this computer. Also, Windows might have already conducted the analysis earlier. Click Rerun the assessment for a fresh result.

 

For Windows 7

  1. Click StartControl Panel.
  2. Search Performance information and tools and open it.
  3. Hit Rate this computer or Rerun this assessment.

 

For Windows Vista

  1. Click Start and then Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Maintenance → Performance Information and Tools.
  3. Click Update my score or Score my computer.

 

Increase Virtual Memory

Many simple tricks exist to help you optimize your system for best performance. Increasing Virtual Memory is one of them. It basically uses RAM and the hard disk to create a memory pool. Also, if a currently open program is taking up too much space in the system memory, the system will shift several of the least used memory items to an area in the hard drive known as the Paging File. Windows sets the default paging file size. But you can change it as per your requirements.

 

For Windows 10

  1. Press Windows Key + R.
  2. Type following path and press Enter:
    • %windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
  3. Click Advanced | Change.
  4. Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option.
  5. Set a new paging size.
  6. Now click Set → OKOK.

 

For Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista

  1. Right-click on Computer and select Properties.
  2. Click Advanced system settings.
  3. Click Advanced tab → Settings (Performance) → Advanced tab → Change (VM).
  4. Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  5. Now select your system drive. Select Custom Size and give it a value you deem well suited.
  6. Click Set and OK.
  7. Restart your computer.

 

Free up Space

Microsoft has inculcated the ReadyBoost feature that speeds up your PC by the judicious use of drives. All you have to do is to enable it. Here is how you can do so.

 

For All Windows Versions

  1. Connect USB device to your computer.
  2. Open Computer.
  3. Right-click USB Drive and select Properties.
  4. Click ReadyBoost.
  5. Specify the size and click Apply → OK.

 

Upgrade to SSD

Though Solid State Drives (SSDs) are more expensive than ordinary Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), they are an easy way to increase your computer’s performance. This is because the SSDs enjoy a big advantage over the HDDs as the inbuilt mechanism of the latter requires it to move around the read/ write head on the storage platter. The former, on the other hand stores the data on interconnected flash memory chips, making it easier and much faster to retrieve the information.

 

Use RAM Cleaner

RAM Cleaner is a special optimization utility designed to make your system perform at it’s most efficient levels. It is a handy tool that appears as a small icon in system tray area and regularly monitors the amount of RAM used by various programs. This memory management and optimization program increases the physical memory when your computer is running low on memory, thereby freeing up memory allocated to any unused programs, procedures and tasks. The main advantage is that it increases your computer’s physical memory without you having to invest in an additional RAM. Also, you don’t even need to reboot your system once this operation takes place.

 

Disable Animations

You can drastically improve your computer’s performance by disabling unwanted animations and visual effects. This includes visual effects like transparent glass look, Windows Aero feature etc.

  1. Right-click This PC icon on the Taskbar.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click Advanced system settings.
  4. Click Advanced > Settings.
  5. Click Visual Effects.
  6. Select Adjust for best performance.
  7. Click OK twice.