Is your computer getting slow off late? Have you got a notification on low virtual memory size? Do you want to speed up your computer? Then you might need to increase the allocated virtual memory size by default. Whenever the main memory of your computer i.e. the RAM is too full to process any more data, it looks for additional space from the secondary memory that is known as virtual memory and the process is called swap space. To make sure that the system is well-coordinated in handling virtual memory, your hard drive must have enough space and the size of the virtual memory should be considered large enough as well. So, how you can change the default virtual memory size- becomes the pivotal issue of this article. Stay with us throughout the article to know the way of speeding up your computer by virtue of increasing virtual memory size.
Virtual Memory and Computer Speed
Virtual memory or paging file is created from physical memory by the CPU in order to assist RAM while handling multiple processes. Generally, drive (C) is used for this purpose; but you can change the virtual memory drive if there is not enough space on the system drive (C). Your computer’s overall performance and speed decrease without the proper use of virtual memory.
If you see a message from Windows stating that your virtual memory is low in memory, then you will know for sure that the system is not working properly. You will need to re-allocate the minimum and maximum memory range of the paging file so that the RAM can get enough space from the HDD or SDD.
Let us assume that your RAM has a capacity of 2GB which is 2 x 1024 MB of memory. You should set the minimum limit of virtual memory to 1.5 times the main memory. In this case, that will be 3072 MB. And you should increase the maximum virtual memory to 3 times the main memory i.e. 6144 MB. Thus the system will run with the proper functioning of virtual memory.
Steps of Changing Virtual Memory Size?
In this segment, I will show you step by step process of changing virtual memory size. Although the pictures provided here are for Windows 10, the other Windows users (8, 7, or earlier) can still relate with a few tweaks here and thereby following the steps. Here we go-
Step 1: Go to the Windows search bar that is on the bottom-left side of the screen and search for the ‘control panel’. Click on the best result you find.
Step 2: On the control panel window, we will change the view pattern so that we can find our required settings option more easily. Click on the ‘Category’ and select the ‘Large icons’ that can be found on the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 3: As the large icons are shown before you, there will be lots more settings options than before. Navigate towards the bottom of the window to find the ‘System’ option; left click here to enter the other preferences that we will require.
Step 4: Next, tap on the ‘Advanced system settings’ that lie on the left panel.
Step 5: There you will see a separate window pop-up named ‘System Properties’. Under the ‘Performance’ category, you will find the settings for visual effects, processor scheduling, memory usage, and notably, virtual memory. So, we just need to hit this settings button.
Step 6: Another window will pop up called ‘Performance Options’. Here you will click on the ‘Advanced’ tab and then on the ‘Change’ button of virtual memory. Remember, you need to log in as an administrator to get access to these options.
Step 7: By default, the paging file size for different drives is managed automatically. However, the virtual memory error occurred due to the inability of this automatic process and we need to change the values assigned to resolve the issue. Hence, uncheck the automatic box and select the desired drive preferably drive (C) for use as virtual memory. You can select another drive if you wish to.
Tap on the ‘Custom size’ and then input the initial size and maximum size- both in MB units. You can assign the initial value as recommended and the maximum value is 1.5 times the memory. However, for creating more space for file spacing, you might want to increase these values towards 1.5 times your RAM capacity as the initial and 3 times as the maximum range. Then, hit the ‘Set’ button and the ‘OK’ button once you are done with the number assigning.
Step 8: Lastly, click on the ‘Apply’ button and you will be asked to restart the computer to change the effect from the previous one. Your system should work faster as the virtual memory will be up and running again once the computer is rebooted.
Undoing the Changes
You should follow similar procedures to get into the virtual memory settings and undo the changes you had made if you like the changes had no effect whatsoever in speeding up the system. From step 7, right-click on the automatic management of the paging file. As a result, the assigned values will be reset too by default numbers. The problem still persists; what you will do now? There is no other way but to upgrade the main memory.
There will be no notification even if the system runs with the increased virtual memory size after assigning the values. You have to know the effect just by realizing the overall performance of the system. However, you will get the message for low virtual memory again if the changes had no effect. In this case, you have to buy a new RAM to replace the older one. Do not neglect the issue. Hopefully, you were successful in changing the virtual memory size and thus improving the performance of the system. That’s all for today! Goodbye!