Memory management on a netbook is extremely important if you're running more than one resource-intensive program at a time. Because netbooks have less memory than larger computers, each megabyte of RAM must be accounted for in order for the machine to run efficiently. You can perform this memory management using one of the many utilities that are built into Windows. Everything from open processes to Windows services requires memory, and you can reclaim that memory by shutting down what you don't need.
Hold "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" at the same time, then click "Start Task Manager."
Click the "Processes" tab.
Click the "Memory" tab, located below the "Performance" tab, to sort your active processes from most resource-intensive to least.
Stop any process that you don't need by clicking it and then clicking "Kill Process."
Tips & Warnings
- You can also tell Windows not to load any given service at startup to free up memory, but you must be careful not to deactivate services that your computer or software depend on. To do this, click "Start" and then type "msconfig" in the search bar. Click the "msconfig.exe" result that appears. Click the "Services" tab and then deselect those that you no longer want to run. You can determine what each service does by looking them up in a search engine.
- Click the "Startup" tab to perform a similar action with your startup programs.
- If you close a program by killing its process, you will lose any unsaved work that it contains.
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