How to Improve Your Computer's Memory

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9-06-2019, 01:00
Updated: January 29, 2016 Because we have introduced the internet into our daily lives, we do not realize the amount of programs and files we start to collect over a large period of time. Our computers start to get slower and slower and we can't understand why. It is inevitable that over time we are going to continue to collect software and even add some new hardware to our computers. With that being said its important that we assist in making sure the computer is not wasting its time dealing with the things we don't need to use on a daily basis. By disabling unused software, hardware, and temporary files we can improve the memory of our computer and keep it running just as fast as the day we purchased it.


  1. Disable any hardware components not being used. Even though you may not have anything hooked up in the back or front of your computer like a printer port(lpt1),keyboard and mouse port(ps/2),that now a days can be hooked up to a USB port(universal control bus), they can still take up memory even when there not in use.
    • Disabling these unused ports will improve your memory. Go to start>My Computer, do a right click on icon which will bring up a menu, go to properties>Hardware tab>Device Manager. As you can see your hardware is divided into several different sections. Click on the plus sign beside each section to see what devices are running. Right click on the hardware that you would like to disable and a menu comes up. Click on Disable. Once you have clicked disable, an X will go across the icon that represents the device.
  2. Stop/Disable software running in the background. Microsoft as well as other programs that you install on your computer have programs running in the back ground that also take up a certain amount of memory. Some of these programs that are running are most likely not being used.
    • For example, let's say that you are not using a wireless connection, there is a background software called Wireless Zero Configuration that is being used for that and you can disable it. To locate the background software go to start>My Computer, Right-click and a menu will come up, click on Manage, look to your right and click on Services and Applications, Click on Services. You should now see all the software that is running in the background. If you look toward the bottom of the window, there are two tabs extended and standard. Extended gives a brief explanation of what every service does for you and standard just shows the services.
    • Take some time and Google each service to get a broader understanding of what each of them do. Once your comfortable about the knowledge you've received, you can now stop or disable the services you feel you are not using. To stop or disable software, right click on the chosen service, a menu will come up, to stop the service click on stop, to disable the service click on properties, look for start up type,click the arrow button for the drop down menu, click disable then click ok.
  3. Stop programs running at start up. You may notice when windows begins to boot up at the bottom right icons begin to pop up. If you have a messenger like yahoo or a wireless connection these things are programmed to run at start up. What you may not know is these icons take up memory so the more of them you have running the more memory you are using. While most of these icons can disappear by just going into their program options (accessible most times by right clicking icon) and telling it not to run at start up, others won't go way with out some extra encouragement. To manually stop these programs at start up, Go to start>Run, type msconfig (windows XP command), Go to the startup tab. You can now see the programs that are running at startup. By just clicking on the check box you can stop the program from starting up on your computer. Go to Google and look up the files you are about to uncheck. Its important to make sure you are not stopping any important programs for running.
  4. Remove unused programs. This one is simple. If you have a program that you know you haven't used in ages, its best to bite the bullet and get rid of it. Chances are its taking up some kind of memory as well as space. Go to start>Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs. Its good to check this every once in a while as you may have an unwanted program like spyware or malware.


  • Purchase programs that fix your registry. Your registry contains software information for your computer. Anything that you install is saved in the registry and even when you remove programs sometimes information will still remain. Fixing your registry gives great results in addition to following the steps provided above.
  • Purchase programs that can clean your computer. Even when you remove programs a lot of the information does not leave the computer completely. It's a good idea to purchase software that can clean out all the files. There are a lot of free software out there to take advantage of this.


  • Remember that you are disabling things on your computer. While disabling some things will not have an adverse effect on you system others can be the contrary. If your not familiar with any of the hardware or the software, make sure and do some research or take it to an experienced professional who has dealt with the different effects that result in making changes to your software and hardware.
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