Clear Memory to improve system performance

June 1, 2010

Each program running on Microsoft Windows has its own virtual address space that enables them to access portions of memory at their request. However, threads cannot access memory that belongs to another process, which protects a process from being corrupted by another process. That allocated memory is supposed to be freed it for reuse when is no longer needed. That’s why the correct management of main memory is so critical to the computer system.

Although Memory Management under Windows is normally quite effective, if you happen to be am intensive user, you’ll notice on occasions that your computer starts running a little slow after using it for a while, forcing you to reboot to clear the problem up.

Instead of that time-consuming reboot, you can create a shortcut on your desktop that will allow you to reduce resource usage and/or remove idle processes when double-clicked.  Here’s how:

1. Right-click on your desktop and select New > Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the following into the box:

%windir%\\system32\\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

3. Click Next, name it ‘Clear Memory’, and click Finish. Get a suitable icon for it to make it look nice.

4. Now you can just click on this shortcut to clear out your memory and get your computer running at a normal pace again, whenever you notice that your computer runs slow.

* (Also works with Windows Vista and Windows 7)