1). Start any application, say Word.
Open some large documents.
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
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.