Articles tagged: memory

We All Get Bigger Over Time

Why is Windows 10 Using More and More RAM?

Software programs, like people, tend to get larger over time. I’ll look at how that happens and a few things you can do to compensate.

Pagefile.sys displayed in Windows File Explorer

What Is Pagefile.sys? Can I Delete It?

Pagefile.sys is the “paging file”, or system file, that contains Windows’ virtual memory. You can remove it — if you understand the ramifications.

Windows Task Manager sorted by memory usage

How Do I Tell Which Program Is Using So Much Memory?

When Windows tells you it’s out of memory, what does it mean, and what can you do about it?

RAM

Do I Need a Computer Memory Upgrade?

A computer memory upgrade can be an easy and inexpensive way to improve system performance, but how do you know if an upgrade is called for?

RAM

What’s the Difference Between Memory and Hard Disk Space?

The difference between the various types of things we might call “memory” is a fundamental concept that’s often confused. I’ll review the basics.

Memory Usage

Why is Windows using more memory over time?

It’s best not to read too much into available memory. Windows memory management is the stuff of nightmares even for the people who understand it. For the rest of us, it’s just magic.

Internet Explorer

Why Is AVG Telling Me IE Has High Memory Usage?

High memory usage by Internet Explorer can result from several different things. I’ll review the most common.

What’s the Easiest Way to Upgrade an Older Machine?

Upgrading a computer can be a lot of work, is going to cost some money, and depends on your needs. I’ll show you where to start.

What is Virtual Memory?

Virtual memory is conceptually somewhere between RAM and hard disk space; it’s disk space used to maximize the amount of RAM available to programs.