What can I do to reduce RAM usage on my PC?

1. Reduce the number of applications running in the background: Close any programs and applications that you’re not actively using. This will help free up RAM and reduce the strain on your system.

2. Disable startup applications: Many applications are configured to run automatically at startup. Disabling these programs can save you a great deal of RAM. To do this, open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and then click on the Startup tab. Here you’ll see a list of all the applications that are configured to run at startup. Select each one in turn and click the Disable button.

3. Uninstall unused programs: Unused programs take up space in RAM and can slow down your computer. Uninstall any applications that you no longer need by going to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program.

4. Disable visual effects and animations: Visual effects and animations use up system resources and can add strain to your system. To disable these, go to Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance Settings. Here you can select the ‘Adjust for best performance’ option, which will turn off all the visual effects.

5. Increase virtual memory: Virtual memory is used as an overflow for RAM. If you find that your applications are constantly running out of RAM, increasing the size of your virtual memory can help. To do this, go to Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance Settings > Advanced and then click on the ‘Change’ button next to the Virtual memory section.

6. Defragment your hard drive: Fragmented data on your hard drive can slow down your computer and cause your applications to run out of RAM. To defrag your hard drive, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

7. Upgrade your RAM: If all else fails, you may need to upgrade the amount of RAM in your computer. This can be a costly option, but it can significantly improve the performance of your system.