Free System Memory Quickly!

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Free System Memory - Speed up your computer.

Free your system memory by using this simple trick.

Have ever you noticed that all your used system resources are freed up when you restart your computer? – Your system runs much faster after restarting that’s because it frees up all the system memory that was used in the last session.

Using the trick that you are about to be introduced, you can restart your system (“free system memory”) with just a single click and it only takes a few seconds.

Just follow the below instructions to get started:

  • Right Click anywhere on the empty desktop and Select – New -> Shortcut.
  • When prompted with a box to select a file, Β Type or Copy/Paste the following: %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks
  • Then finally you can give your shortcut a name “Quick Restart” or anything you like.

In the end when its all said and done –Β all you have to do now is double click the newly created shortcut to free up your system / computer memory and you will notice your system being alittle more optimized.

You can also change your shortcut icon to make it appear different on the desktop πŸ™‚

Try this out when you feel your computer is starting to run slow and you will see the difference.

Note: It would be best if you closed any open applications before attempting this trick (if possible).

If you found this post useful or has helped you in some way – please do take a moment to stop and comment πŸ™‚

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28 Comments

  1. Weza says

    Thanks, it worked.

    I use many heavy applications, i thought to try this out after closing the applications such as AutoCAD and 3DSMAX.

    And it really helped for sure πŸ™‚ keep up the good work!

  2. Faith and Facts says

    I must be doing something wrong with this shortcut. It is a great idea and a wonderful tip. I have created the shortcut but it says the location cannot be found.

    Anyway, great idea.

  3. Liane says

    That was so easy! Thanks for it worked brilliantly smooth! I use TuneUp Utilities for freeing the computer memory but I’m having trouble when using other programs along with it. The computer get’s stuck-up especially when it starts to defrag.

    Wonderful tip, you’re a genius!

    1. Zubair says

      Thanks Liane πŸ™‚

      Glad you found it useful πŸ™‚

  4. jazzminjoy says

    I’m running Windows XP. When I pasted in
    %windir%system32rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks
    and clicked next, I got a “file not found” error and could not proceed. I can browse for a file–can you provide the directory path? Thanks.

    1. Zubair says

      @Jazzminjoy:
      This file resides in the system32 folder – the path would be “C:\WINDOWS\system32\“.

      Sorry you were having trouble though – But i just tried adding again by entering this and it worked:
      %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

      Let me know if that helps

    1. Zubair says

      Thanks, dragon blogger πŸ™‚

      glad you found it useful πŸ™‚

      just checked out your blog and i really liked your blog & content.

  5. Karen @ Blazing Minds says

    This is great and works a treat, found it through Dragon Bloggers’ Tweet, nice one πŸ˜‰

    1. Zubair says

      Thanks Karen πŸ™‚

      Glad it worked for you too πŸ™‚

  6. Antrax says

    Thanks alot – it worked smoothly indeed.

    i was having a issue – when i was copying and pasting the code:

    %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTask

    it was for some reason adding a line break, right after rundll32.exe

    i copied the entire text first to notepad and then added it to the short-cut and it worked!.

  7. dnljames says

    thanks for great posting, i really like your content and work.

  8. Abdul Rahman says

    This is really awesome and it works… I shared this with all my office mates and they were saying that this is awesome….

  9. Zubair says

    Thanks, I’m glad it worked out for everyone πŸ™‚

  10. irtiza104 says

    nice trick. currently my pc is running great. if i have any trouble with the speed, i’ll try it out.

    best wishes.

    1. Zubair says

      Thanks, I’m sure it’ll help alot πŸ™‚

  11. Lacy says

    Pretty good post. I just found your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case
    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    1. Zubair says

      Thanks Lacy and everyone, i’m glad you found this useful πŸ™‚

  12. Abdul Rahman says

    does this work for vista as well? i tried to add shortcut and it said “The file “%windir%system32rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks” cannot be found.”

    1. Zubair says

      @Abdul Rehman:

      sorry mate, but i don’t think it would work on Window Vista since i think they both have different files and structure.

      It might be possible maybe but that would mean to find the required files manually, and if they exist theres a chance it might work but can’t guarantee that since i haven’t been able to test it on Windows Vista.

  13. Larry Miller says

    The author has misunderstood the function of this command. By default, Windows schedules a number of system maintenance tasks that are run during idle time every 3 days. These are the “idle tasks”. Running the command starts these tasks now, even if the system is not idle. This can impact application performance.

    The command does not free memory, as will be quite obvious if you have Task Monitor open while running it. Windows manages memory very well on it’s own without such hacks.

    In some unusual cases this command may appear to be beneficial. But that is not it’s purpose and will not be the normal case.

    Larry Miller
    Microsoft MCSA

  14. Matthew says

    Super!

    i dont know if its right or wrong but after i closed photoshop c4 it usually slows down my pc alot, i usually restart my computer but i tried this hack and it really worked great! thank you!

  15. RayMond says

    Nice Tip, i actually felt like my pc was flying after using this trick. Thanks

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