How to Free Up Clogged RAM

By Techwalla Computers Editor

It's very frustrating when your computer is running ridiculously slow. One reason a computer isn't performing up to its potential is clogged RAM, or random-access memory. RAM allows programs to run on your computer, such as Microsoft Windows or Adobe Acrobat. There are ways to increase the performance of RAM in your computer.

Step 1

Purchase additional RAM. Relatively inexpensive, RAM looks like a thin, flat card that plugs into the motherboard of your desktop or laptop. There are usually 2 slots on the motherboard for RAM; only one has to be filled at a time. Both slots should have the same multiple of RAM in each. For example, if you have 512 MB of RAM in the left slot, you should purchase another 512 MB RAM card to fill the right slot.

Step 2

Run the Disk Cleanup tool. This system utility deletes unnecessary files on your computer and speeds up its performance. The Disk Cleanup tool is accessed by going to "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and "Disk Cleanup."

Step 3

"Defrag" your computer. The Disk Defragmenter is a system utility that analyzes local volumes and locates and consolidates disjointed files and folders, freeing up more space on your computer and allowing RAM to do its job better. Access the Disk Defragmenter by going to "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and "Disk Defragmenter."

Step 4

Delete unnecessary programs from your computer. This clears up space on your hard drive, and the fewer programs you have on your computer, the fewer programs you can have open at one time, which leads to less taxed RAM. Go to "Start," "Control Panel" and "Add or Remove Programs" to begin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid opening more than 2 computer programs at the same time. The more programs you have running, the slower your computer runs, because all computer programs feed off the same RAM.