Wednesday, January 9, 2008

How To Clear Your Memory Without Restarting

If you run a windows computer you’ll know like many others than after a while your system will in doubt start running slow. Most people will restart their computer to remove and idle processes. But if there’s a simpler way, why restart every time windows decides it doesn’t like you today?

Follow this steps:
  • Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select New - Shortcut.
  • Type %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks in the box.
  • Click Next.
  • Give your shortcut a nice name like “Clear Memory”.
  • Click Finish and you’re done.
Now whenever your computer starts running slow click this shortcut to clear out your memory and get your computer running at a normal pace again

1 comment:

Larry Miller said...


This tip is based on a complete misunderstanding of what this command does.

By default XP schedules a nmber of system maintenance tasks that take place every 3 days. This command will start these tasks immediately. These taska may require up to 15 minutes to complete and there will be no notification when done. This command has no other function. You do not want to do this prior to an intensive task.

The command does not stop any idle tasks. By definition an idle task taked place during idle time and can not interfere with normal activities.

The command does not free memory. In any event, XP is quite capable of freeing memory itself, when it is required.

Most users will have little use for this command. It is useful for laptop users. Because of power management these systems will rarely be in idle mode and idle tasks may never run.

Larry Miller
Microsoft MCSA