How to use Virtual Memory to Boost PC Performance

By Deepak Saxena October 3, 2016 How To

Are you facing issues with running programs on your computer? Is your computer responding too slowly? If you are working on an old computer, you might have often realized that it is getting slower. What is the reason behind this? Do computers also suffer from ailments of ‘old age’ with passing time?

Your answer is probably ‘yes’ but the fact is, the answer is a big NO! By the time new programs and applications keep updating to add new features. These new features may require a high-end hardware or we can say they utilize your existing hardware at its best.  This is the reason why computers seem to age with time.

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To cope up with this issue, updating your hardware is not always a good option because it will cost you heavily. Here is a simple way to boost your computer’s performance without spending a single penny. By doing this, you can increase your computer’s existing RAM virtually by following some simple steps. Increasing virtual RAM is not as effective as upgrading the hardware. However, it is an effective way to boost performance. So here are the steps to increase virtual memory:

  • Step 1:

Go to the control panel > System and security > System. It will open a system information window.

  • Step 2:

Click on advanced system settings in system information window. It will lead to another pop up window in which you have to click on advanced tab.

  • Step 3:

Click on settings given under Performance section. It will open another window and you will find the advanced tab. In this tab click on ‘Change’ option mentioned under virtual memory section.

  • Step 4:

You will find virtual memory dialog box opened in this dialog box, uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”. Now click on the custom size radio button.

  • Step 5:

you will find two columns here viz. Initial size and maximum size. In initial size, you have to put a value which is approx. 1.5 times of your existing RAM. For example, if your existing RAM is 1 GB (1024 MB) then you can put 1000X1.5= 1500 MB in Initial size.

  • Step 6:

Now you have to put some values in maximum size (MB), which will be just double of the initial size you have put in step 5. Be careful white entering initial and maximum size because entering an incorrect value may result in Blue screen of Death.

  • Step 7:

After entering all the values please click on ‘Set and Ok. System will ask for a restart and you will be able to experience an improvement in performance.

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In this way, you will be able to increase Virtual RAM of your computer in a couple of minutes and that too without spending money. If you still are facing issues, we are always here to help you out.



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Deepak Saxena

"Deepak Saxena is a writer and blogger for The Phone Support. He loves to explore hidden features of the devices around him. Many of his articles are helpful to troubleshoot tech relates issues. Being a technical writer he keeps an eye on emerging technical trends and new features or updates releasing on daily basis. His articles are well to do for both tech savvy and non tech savvy audience."