How to Free Up RAM Space in Windows XP

As you continue to use your Windows XP computer, the RAM (Random Access Memory) decreases. This happens as you install new programs, download applications or create new files. Over time, your computer begins to slow down. Programs take longer to launch. And your computer runs into errors. With a few simple troubleshooting steps and guidelines, you can free up RAM space and improve your computer's performance.

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Uninstalling Programs

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Uninstall the programs you are no longer using. Uninstalling programs frees RAM and hard disk space. To uninstall programs, click the Windows "Start" button and click the "Control Panel." Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to launch the programs window.

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Select the program that you want to uninstall and click "Change/Remove" to remove it from your computer. If prompted, restart your computer. Repeat this process to uninstall additional programs that you do not want.

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Click the Windows "Start" button and click "My Computer." Double-click the "C:" drive, and double-click the "Program Files" folder. Scroll through the programs folder and delete the setup folder belonging to the programs you uninstalled. Empty the recycle bin.

Disk Cleanup

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Run the Disk Cleanup tool to remove unnecessary files that consume RAM and hard disk space. To launch the Disk Cleanup tool, click the Windows "Start" button, select "All Programs," and then select "Accessories." Select "System Tools" and click "Disk Cleanup."

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Select the "C:" drive in the "Select Drive" box and click "OK." The Disk Cleanup tool analyzes the C drive and displays a list of the files safe to remove. The tool organizes the files in categories.

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Click the "Disk Cleanup" tab and place a check on the following categories: "Temporary Internet Files," Recycle Bin," "Temporary Remote Desktop Files," "Offline Files," "Temporary Files," and "Compress Old Files," and "Setup Log Files." Click the "More Options" tab and click the "Cleanup" button under "System Restore." The Disk Cleanup utility removes all the System Restore points except the most recent one. Click the "Disk Cleanup tab," and click "OK" to delete all the unnecessary files on your Windows XP system and free up RAM.