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How to increase virtual memory in Windows 10 to improve system performance

23 mayo, 2021

Windows 10 offers mostly a good experience, especially in terms of performance. If you have a computer with high performance, that is, a powerful processor, a lot of RAM, an SSD instead of a hard disk, etc. It is likely that you will do very well and make Windows feel fast most of the time.

Now, if you have a more modest computer, as time goes by and the more applications you run, the slower you will begin to feel everything. A good trick to help improve performance on these machines is to increase virtual system memory


When Windows 10 uses all available RAM, it takes advantage of virtual memory to provide a temporary expansion of resources. That virtual memory comes from your hard drive or SSD.

Windows automatically manages the size of that file for all drives on your computer. But this does not mean that you cannot modify it and increase it at will to try to give your computer a performance boost.

How to modify the size of virtual memory

Press the start button and type “System“, or open the Control Panel, go to System and Security, and then to” System “.

System

Once you open the control panel, navigate to the left side panel and look for the item “Advanced configuration the system“and click on it.

Advanced System Settings

A new System Properties window will appear. There choose the tab Advanced Options and in the section Performance click on the button that appears on the right and says Setting.

Change Virtual Memory

This will show you a new panel with Performance Options. Here select the tab Advanced Options and in the section Virtual memory click the button Change….

Virtual memory

In the next window uncheck the box “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives“This will allow you to change the size in MB to whatever you want.

The window shows you the available units and the megabyte space available to allocate to the paging file. Here you can write the number you want, try increasing initially about 1000 or 2000 MB, which is basically equivalent to 1 or 2 extra gigabytes of virtual RAM.

That paging file is an area on your disk that Windows uses as if it were RAM. When you decide on the new size, just hit accept and see how the system feels now.

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