Your computer often stores the most used data by applications in the memory to access it later. But this can become very large with time as your computer slows down.
As a remedy, you can clear this temporary memory to regain your computer’s lost speed. In case you were wondering, there are multiple ways to do that.
So, join me and let’s boost your computer speed.
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How to Clear the RAM Cache in Windows 10
You will not find any option to clear the RAM cache from anywhere in Windows. This is because Microsoft intends to use this feature to improve your PC’s performance.
Since the RAM is a faster memory than other storage, the system stores the frequently used files there. Whenever those files are required, the retrieval process is extremely quick.
Now you might think, why remove this cache?
As with any temporary file, it increases in size exponentially. Before you know it, the cache will consume a few gigabytes. This, in turn, starts to impact the computer’s responsiveness and performance.
You will also notice the RAM filling up quickly without opening many apps. That is particularly problematic during gaming when you need the most RAM available. In games like Warzone, gamers have experienced stuttering even with 16 GB memory.
Follow the methods to clear the RAM cache in Windows 10:
1. Restart your Computer
This is the easiest way to clear the RAM cache. Just press the start button and restart your computer.
Memory flushing is the magic that happens as your computer starts over again. All the existing processes are terminated, and any temporary files are removed. This also includes the memory cache.
When the computer starts afresh, it generates the cache memory once again. As a result, that chunk of memory occupied before is freed.
As a reference, look at the cache memory of my computer before and after a restart.
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2. Remove the Page File at Shutdown
You can also remove the page file when the computer shuts down. A page file is a location where the system stores the data in case the memory fills up.
The page file can also contain the memory cache. So, clearing it essentially clears the memory cache. However, you can only do this using the registry editor.
Here are the steps to remove the page file during shutdown:
- Press the Windows key + R, type regedit and press on Ok.
- Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet >Control > Session Manager > Memory Management.
- Find ClearPageFileAtShutdown from the right pane, set its DWORD(32-bit) value to 1 and Press Ok.
Now Windows clears the page file after every shutdown.
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3. Close Unwanted Active Applications
When dealing with less memory, always close unused applications. This frees up the available memory so that your games and opened apps can perform at 100%.
If any background applications are running, ensure they are closed too. You can kill any process using the Task Manager.
These are the steps to close any application using the Task Manager:
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Del in unison.
- Navigate to Process.
- Right-click on an app and select End task.
- Repeat the process for all background applications.
Now go to Performance > Memory on the Task Manager. You will see the memory graph lowering. It implies that you have freed the RAM.
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4. Create a Shortcut to Flush RAM Cache
On your smartphone, you can find the RAM boost or clear button. It removes the unused application with a single touch. What if we had something like that on Windows?
Sadly Windows 10 does not come with any such feature. But we can create our own app shortcut to clear the RAM cache. Just double-click the shortcut, and the RAM cache is freed.
Here are the steps to create a RAM flush shortcut in Windows 10:
- Right-click on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
- Type %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks in the location field and click on Next.
- Give a name for the shortcut, such as RAM Flush.
- Click on the Finish button.
Now just double-click on the shortcut every time to clear the RAM cache.
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5. Remove Startup Apps
As you open a lot of applications, the RAM cache starts to fill up. This is also partly due to applications that open when Windows starts up.
You can limit that too. By disabling the background applications, the cache will be limited to a smaller amount, which means more RAM for your applications to work with.
Follow the steps to disable startup applications in Windows 10:
- Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.
- Click the Startup tab.
- Right-click on the app and select Disable.
Once you disable all the background applications, you will see the computer boot up faster. You get more free memory and a more responsive system overall.
6. Upgrade RAM
Most of the problems you face are related to low memory on your computer. As you open a game that is resource intensive, it will take all the available spaces. The operating system will now struggle to run in the background as there is no breathing space to save its data.
The easiest way to solve this problem is to upgrade your RAM. Preferably add another stick of the same make and model. The memory will run in dual-channel and give a nice boost to the overall performance.
Let’s say you have 4 GB of RAM on your system. Instead of adding another 8 GB, try buying two sticks of 8 GB. Yes, that is expensive, but you will enjoy the performance of running two modules simultaneously.
Upgrading the memory will yield a lot of performance without shelling out a ton of money. Even if you cannot upgrade, clearing the memory cache is quite handy too.
That’s all for today’s article. Don’t forget to let us know about the performance improvements that you got on your PC.
Till next time it’s farewell from here.