How To: Free up RAM in Windows

Windows is quite good at managing memory usage, but still, it can receive improvements in this department. Proof of that is the plethora of system optimization tools available on the market, with many of them including options to free up RAM in Windows and make it run faster.

Quickly free up RAM in Windows

From all these tools, we’re going to talk about two free options that are both lightweight and reliable. Keep reading to find out how they work.

Empty Standby List

This simple command line tool provides 4 methods you can use to free up RAM in Windows. You can download the tool from the official website and you can run the executable in the Command Prompt as Administrator.

Free up RAM in Windows

Standby lists (0-7 priorities) – this option will clear the Standby memory regardless of its priority content

Process working sets – An option that’s found in many Memory Optimization tools. It clears the memory used by the currently running processes and applications.

Modified page list – Clears the memory for the content that needs to be written to the page file before reuse.

Priority 0 standby list only – The fourth option will clear the memory used by the lowest priority content.

Simply use one of the switches below to run the related command (from the ones described above):

EmptyStandbyList.exe workingsets|modifiedpagelist|standbylist|priority0standbylist

You can view the RAM allocation for each category in Resource Monitor -> Memory tab at the bottom of the pane under Physical Memory.

Sysinternals RAMMap

free up RAM in Windows

This utility is perhaps a bit more user-friendly since it has a user interface, perfect for those who feel intimidated by the Command Line. RamMap by Sysinternals lets you see comprehensive physical memory usage data, although, for the purpose of this post, we’re interested in its Empty tab. It comes with 5 options that let you free up RAM in Windows, just like the ones of Empty Standby List and you can download it from here.

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