How to Free Up Memory on Laptop

By Brandon Wood

Laptop computers are built to be small and efficient but after a year or two, you may feel the need to upgrade your laptop. Having done a little research, you'll find out that upgrading the computer RAM in your laptop can be more expensive, and problematic than in their desktop counterparts. Although it's not impossible to upgrade the RAM in your laptop, most laptops are designed for RAM upgrades, meaning it could be tough to find RAM that will fit in your laptop. Not to worry, you can increase your computer memory without upgrading your RAM, and it only takes a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop computer
  • Windows 7 or Vista

Step 1

Clean up your hard drive. Microsoft uses virtual memory to replace RAM when your computer starts processing too many tasks for your RAM to handle; this virtual memory comes from using space on your hard drive. Go to your "Control Panel," look through "Add/Remove Programs" and clear out some of your hard drive space.

Step 2

Remove spyware on your computer. Spyware and other malicious software can slow your computer down tremendously. Download Microsoft's free malicious software removal tool and run it.

Step 3

Cut out processes upon start up. In your search box, or under "All Programs" in the start menu, type "msconfig." Scroll over to the "Startup" tab, this will bring up a menu that shows you all the processes that run when your computer starts up. Each process you uncheck will free up memory. For example, your computer may not need Zune player, Adobe Reader, or Apple Update every time you startup your computer--these programs often remain idle and just use up computer memory.

Step 4

Run Window's disk defragmenter. Microsoft disk defragmenter works to piece together broken parts of your hard drive and make them usable again. You can open disk defragmenter in the Start menu by clicking "All Programs," select "Accessories," find "System Tools" and select "Disk Defragmenter."