1). Start any application, say Word. Open some large
2). Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open Windows Task
Manager and click Processes tab and sort the list in
descending order on Mem Usage. You will notice that
WINWORD. EXE will be somewhere at the top, using
multiple MBs of memory.
3). Now switch to Word and simply minimize it. (Don't
use the Minimize All Windows option of the task bar).
4). Now go back to the Windows Task Manager and see
where WINWORD.EXE is listed. Most probably you will
not find it at the top. You will typically have to scroll to
the bottom of the list to find Word . Now check out the
amount of RAM it is using. Surprised? The memory
utilization has reduced by a huge amount.
5). Minimize each application that you are currently not
working on by clicking on the Minimize button & you can
increase the amount of available RAM by a substantial
margin. Depending upon the number and type of
applications you use together, the difference can be as
much as 50 percent of extra RAM.
In any multitasking system, minimizing an
application means that it won't be utilized by the user
right now. Therefore, the OS automatically makes the
application use virtual memory & keeps bare minimum
amounts of the code in physical RAM.