How to Clear My Computer RAM Memory

By Josh Baum

In computing, random access memory, or RAM, is temporary processing and storage space that the computer uses to run processes more efficiently. There is a finite amount of RAM in any computer, and when it is all or mostly in use, it can affect system performance. To restore the computer to optimal performance, you may need to clear memory from time to time. The easiest way to do this is to reboot the computer, but there are other methods.

Step 1

Close any open application windows that you are no longer using. All applications use some amount of RAM, even if they're just running in the background. Closing them frees up some amount of memory.

Step 2

Check the Task Manager for other programs that may be running but do not appear as active application windows. To do this, press "CTRL + ALT + Delete" simultaneously. When the Task Manager opens, click on the Applications tab. Any other programs currently running will appear on this tab. To close any such application, highlight it and click "End Task" to free up memory.

Step 3

Reboot the entire system to clear all of the memory. When the system boots up, it will use only the RAM that is required to run the operating system and the programs that you've selected to run on start-up.

Step 4

Consider downloading and installing an application that automatically clears unused memory. These programs are often referred to as memory dumpers or memory cleaners, and multiple freeware and shareware versions are available. (Links to some such programs can be found in the Resources section.) These programs scan the system every so often to find RAM that is being used for inactive processes and free up that RAM for better system performance.