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Window Trick- Increase Computer Speed by Increasing Virtual Memory

Increase Computer Speed by Increasing Virtual Memory. Virtual memory, also known as the swap file, uses part of your hard drive to effectively expand your RAM, allowing you to run more programs than it could otherwise handle.

Your PC has storage data in Hard drive or SSD and memory in the form of RAM chips. Virtual Memory is one of the vital factor for your system’s performance.

Increase Computer Speed by Increasing Virtual Memory

If your computer is slower then one of the most vital causes is the installed RAM. If your RAM size is small and you are running more applications at a time, then you may face different problems.

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To avoid such problems windows create a virtual memory space on your HDD and it automatically manages it. Virtual memory is nothing but the reserved memory space in your HDD to assist RAM. By increasing the virtual memory available for your system you can increase the performance of your system.

How to increase Virtual Memory size

  1. Hold down the ‘Windows‘ Key and Press the ‘Pause/Break’ button at the top right of your keyboard. Another way is Right-Clicking ‘My Computer’ and then Select ‘Properties’.  OR  Go to the Start menu’s Search field or Windows 8’s Search charm and type system. Select System under Control Panel.
  2. Click Advanced system settings in the left pane.
  3. In the resulting System Properties dialog box’s Advanced tab, click the first Settings button—the one in the Performance box.
  4. In the resulting Performance Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Virtual memory box, click the Change button.
  6. In the resulting Virtual Memory dialog box, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. Then select a drive and change settings for that drive.
  7. For the initial size (depending on your HD space), type in anywhere from 1000-1500 (although I use 4000), and for the Maximum size type in anywhere from 2000-2500 (although I use 6000).
  8. Click ‘Set’, and then exit out of all of the windows.
  9. Finally, Restart your computer.
  10. You now have a faster computer and 1-2GB of Virtual RAM..!

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Hopefully this article helped you better understand the virtual memory settings in Windows and when and how it’s best to change them! Please feel free to comment!