RAM is a temporary memory

Empty the RAM: A step-by-step guide

Anyone who works regularly with a computer and also uses it compute-intensive software has to do who knows the importance of high-performance hardware. Most people immediately think of the processor or the graphics card (especially when the focus is on image and video editing). But the RAM is also for the smooth operation of the system and applications of fundamental importance. This volatile memory is required by the processor in order to be able to manage the data of executed programs and services or processes. The capacity of the main memory has a decisive influence on how many applications can be loaded at the same time and at what speed data can be processed.

In principle, the more RAM, the better. Since the costs naturally also play a role and the RAM memory cannot be expanded at will, many use a very simple trick when the memory reaches its limits: They delete processes that are no longer required from the cache and create this waySpace for those datesthat are relevant to their current activities. So you do nothing else than empty the memory or clean up the memory.

What is the function of RAM?

The working memory, also called main memory or RAM memory, is the central storage unit for all data that are required for programs or program parts that are currently being executed as well as for all active system processes. Access to this volatile memory, the data of which is automatically lost when the computer is switched off, takes place directly through the processor. If there is not enough memory available to process the relevant data during such an access attempt, the execution of the respective application will not work. The more processes that take place at the same time and the higher the system requirements of the programs being run, the more important a large working memory becomes.

Which factors are decisive for the efficiency of the main memory?

The following three variables are relevant for the performance of the main memory:

  • Access speed: Time required for successful access (write or read process)
  • Data transfer rate: Value that indicates the amount of data that can be transferred in a certain time
  • Storage capacity: Available space of the RAM memory

These three properties are critical to that Efficiencythat the main memory reaches when managing processes to be executed. The capacity is of particular importance, because it sets a strict limit for the capacity of the memory. For example, if an application requires 2 gigabytes of RAM over a longer period of time and another 3 gigabytes of RAM, do not run both at the same time when only 4 gigabytes of RAM are available. But when it comes to that Processing a large amount of temporary processes, access speed and data transfer rate come into play: The faster the individual data is processed and disappears from the main memory, the faster it becomes Space for new processes free.

When and why does it make sense to empty the RAM memory?

If your PC becomes progressively slower during operation, the potential for frustration is high and solving problems quickly is worth its weight in gold. An increasingly weaker computer performance is often related to a high memory usage together: On the one hand, it is automatically taken over by the operating system and system processes, and on the other hand, it becomes a bit fuller with every open program. Often it is of little use to close programs again. The latter is due to that only seldom deleted all files from memory when you close an application. In addition, there are programs and processes that are active but actually not needed. For the reasons mentioned above, it can be a good idea to empty the RAM if your computer shows a significant decrease in performance.

Empty the working memory - this is how it works

Even if you are unsure whether your computer's memory is actually too full, you can safely give it a try and delete the memory. In this way, you are ultimately only anticipating one process that is related to the Turn off the computer would be carried out automatically (but first save files on which you are currently working so that your work results are not lost). In general, you have three different options for manual memory cleaning:

  1. They empty the RAM via the Task manager Your system.
  2. You write a script, which releases used memory.
  3. You intervene external tool which has a function for emptying RAM memory.

You can find out what you need to do for the individual solutions in detail in the following sections.

How to empty the RAM under Windows 7, 8 and 10 via Task Manager

The task manager has long been an established feature in Windows systems. The background service lists ongoing Applications, services and processes and also provides an overview of the Utilization of CPU and memory. Calling the Windows service works across versions with the key combination [Ctrl]+ [Shift]+ [Esc]. If you keep these three keys pressed at the same time, the interface of the manager opens. Alternatively, you can also use the Windows search: Simply enter the term "Task Manager" and then click on "View running processes with the task manager“.

In order to use the Task Manager to empty the RAM under Windows 8 and Co., select the "Processes" tab:

Now go down the list of active processes through and look for those you do not need - for example, because you have already closed the program behind it. Select the relevant processes by left or right click and press "End task“To finally close them and thus clean up the working memory bit by bit.

Emptying the main memory by script: these are the necessary steps

An interesting alternative to memory management via the Task Manager is to use a Writing script, which, when executed, releases a set amount of used memory. That sounds like a complex task at first, but you don't need programming know-how. A small entry in a simple one created for this purpose Text document iis perfectly adequate. You must proceed as follows to create a script to empty the main memory:

Create a new text document by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting "New" and "Text document" choose:

Open the generated document and insert the following line of text there:

Then save the file under the desired name from. Make sure that ANSI is set as the coding form if the editor offers a corresponding option. The final step is that you have the default ending .txt through the Ending .vbsreplace. This is the only way Windows can determine that the file is a script.

You can now run the script with a simple double-click. The code suggested here will automatically 32 megabytes of main memory released, whereby this process can be repeated as often as required. Of course, you can also adjust the amount and, for example, empty 128 megabytes straight away (“Space (128000000)”). The value should, however never exceed half the built-in memory size - Otherwise there is a risk of program errors or even a system crash.

How to clear RAM memory with external tools

If you want to rely on an external solution instead of the system-internal options for cleaning up the RAM, this is also possible without any problems: There are various programs that have been developed especially for this purpose, and most of them Freeware are. One of the most popular tools of this type is the Wise Memory Optimizer. The program from the developer company WiseCleaner is completely free and for all common Windows systems available. After installing and launching Wise Memory Optimizer, you will be taken to the application's main screen, which will give you both the occupied as well as the free memory indicates. With a single click on "Optimize now!“You can now use the tool to empty the RAM under Windows XP to 10.

Under the “Settings” tab (cogwheel symbol) you can configure the Auto optimization activate. You use the slider to specify the load from which a automatic cleaning of memory should be performed (for example, if less than 1280 MB are free).

As an alternative to Wise Memory Optimizer, you can also use the tools RAMRush and Mz RAM Booster to empty your RAM memory.

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