How to Free Up RAM Memory in Vista

by Stephen Lilley

Each program you have open on your Windows Vista computer is currently using some of your system's random access memory (RAM). All programs need memory to operate. As your computer does not have an infinite amount of memory, occasionally you may need to free RAM to allow important programs to function smoothly. You can do this by closing processes in the Windows Task Manager.


Open the Windows Task Manager by right-clicking the "Start" bar and clicking "Start Task Manager."


Click "Processes."


Use the "Description" column to find a process that you don't need to have open. This varies depending on your needs. When you find a process that you don't need to have open, click on its name.


Click "End Process" to close the program. This frees the RAM it was using to be used by other programs open on your computer.

About the Author

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.