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It’s no secret that on today’s computers, the amount of memory you have is at least as important as which CPU you’re running–often more important. If you’re like me, and you tend to keep many applications and instances of browsers open at once, it can also […]

It’s no secret that on today’s computers, the amount of memory you have is at least as important as which CPU you’re running–often more important. If you’re like me, and you tend to keep many applications and instances of browsers open at once, it can also make a lot of sense to optimize your memory usage. Web workers, in particular, are prone to using boatloads of memory with browsers. If you’re on a PC, Glary Utilities is freeware, and offers a memory optimization module that helps me manage my system performance well.

As seen above, Glary Utilities’ Memory Optimizer module tracks and optimizes the free memory you have in the background as you run your applications throughout the day. You can choose to manually start an optimization or you can set an optimization to occur automatically when you only have a specific amount of free memory.

As an example of how you can set up the automatic optimizations, see the screenshot below. Here, I’ve specified that when free memory is at 100MB, I want it increased to 150MB, and I’ve selected the “Enable Auto Optimization” option.

The performance gain for these types of optimizations is often noticeable, and in Glary Utilities, you can easily choose to shut it off if it creates any annoyance. Of course, if you’re on a Windows system, the Task Manager is also essential to check in on if you’re hogging a lot of system resources. Available by hitting CTRL+ALT+DEL, it lets you know which processes are running concurrently (often more than you think, especially if you load a lot of applications by default at startup). You can also use the Task Manager to shut down processes, freeing up memory and system resources, and monitor your CPU usage.

For Windows users, it’s also important to regularly clean up your Windows Registry. Glary Utilities also has a good module for doing that in one step, which I wrote about here.  One note: If you do a registry cleaning take Glary Utilities up on creating a backup of your existing registry first, in case you jettison anything essential.

It’s easy to get busy enough while working to forget to check on the status of your system, but these are simple steps I take to try and do so. They result in  better performance, and fewer crashes.

Do you use any useful utilities to optimize your system performance?

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  1. CCleaner. Cleans registry,cache, temp files, and just about everything else. Also will uninstall programs easier than Windows uninstaller.

    I’ve been looking for a good memory optimizer, though, so thanks for that! Can anyone also recommend a decent program that displays what processes are running, and how much memory they’re using? Windows Task Manager leaves something to be desired in this area.

  2. Michael: Check out Process Explorer.

  3. I second Process Explorer

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