The most cost-effective way to upgrade a PC is usually to swap out the RAM. If it's been a while since you last purchased computer memory, the various options available can be a little confusing. This video from TED-Ed breaks down all the random access memory essentials that you need to know about.
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Windows 10's Fast Startup feature is a handy way to boot up your machine quicker. However, if you don't use the hibernate function, it can take up a lot of hard drive space. Here's how to fix that.
Browsers have become one of the most memory-intensive applications you can run and while vendors such as Google and Firefox have gone to great lengths to keep things under control, for some users, it's still not good enough. In fact, Chrome will introduce a rather drastic measure in an upcoming version -- tab "discarding" -- to help alleviate the issue.
Windows: We've previously looked at reasons why you might want to create a RAM disk to boost your PCs performance. ImDisk can accomplish this same task without using up more RAM than necessary.
Once upon a time, upgrading your PC's RAM was a sure-fire way to increase its performance. These days, this is not always the case; especially if you already have 4GB or memory on board. Techquickie host Linus Sebastian explains why you might be better off plumping for a solid-state drive, and how to know whether a RAM upgrade will actually speed up your PC.
Scientists in Singapore have created a new type of random-access memory that uses light for reading out information. The prototype RAM, which is based on ferroelectrics, boasts significantly faster write/read speeds, better longevity and low energy consumption compared to current technologies. The resultant FeRAM is being billed as a possible "universal memory" contender to displace flash.
As a tech writer, I regularly cringe at all the bad tweaking advice out there, and disabling the system pagefile is often a source of contention among geeks. Let's examine some of the pagefile myths and debunk them once and for all.
GoogleUpdate, ctfmon, iPodService—these rascally, auto-starting services and others like them can drive a memory-sensitive Windows user bonkers. Process Blocker does what it sounds like, with a DIY but simple method of choosing targets. As noted in the instructions, Process Blocker runs as a system service, watching for certain processes and killing them off if it finds them running. The app won't provide you a list of background services or apps for selection, though—this is a text affair. If you look in your Task Manager (Control-Shift-Escape), or your super-charged Process Explorer replacement, and notice that, for instance, GoogleUpdate.exe refuses to stop starting up, even after you've told it not to do so with Revo Uninstaller or another app, simply add it to the list.txt file included in Process Blocker's program folder. More detailed instructions on adding and re-starting the service are at the program site. You'll know it's working if you see a system tray pop-up noting that "SuchAndSuch.exe is blocked" when it tries to jump in and drink up a little memory. You'll definitely want to make sure the processes you're trying to block can and should be blocked off, so making a few trips to Process Library wouldn't be a bad idea. And if you just want to throttle back an auto-starting app's memory use, not kill it entirely, try the previously mentioned Process Lasso, or dig through our guide to reclaiming memory by mastering Windows Task Manager. Process Blocker is a free download for 32- and 64-bit Windows systems (2000 and later). Process Blocker for Windows
Windows only: Free application Minimem reduces the memory usage of individual running applications on demand. Similar applications which promise to make your computer run faster by freeing up RAM are a dime a dozen, and many of them aren't all they're cracked up to be. After giving Minimen a try on my PC and reading FreewareGenius's detailed review (along with the author's comments on that post), Minimem appears to be the real deal under the right circumstances. Minimem removes unnecessary memory pages from running processes you tell it to optimise. The program isn't the most useful for applications that already have great memory management of their own, but it seems to work well on many applications—both small and large—that have a larger footprint than they should.