Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

This tutorial will show you how to speed up Windows by increasing the page file size. The page file, or virtual memory, is a space on the hard drive that is used to store data for temporary to use. This is similar to the way RAM works, only the data is store on your hard drive instead on a memory chip.

First right click on My Computer and select Properties.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

The System Properties Window will be displayed. Take note of the amount of RAM your computer has. We need this later.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

Now click on the advanced tab and then click the settings button.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

The Performance Options window will open. Click the advanced tab.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

Go down to the Virtual Memory Section. This will display the total page file size for your computer. Click the change button to modify this.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

As you can see below, my page file is set to be between 1524 and 3048 MB. To optimize this we will adjust the initial size to be twice the size of our physical RAM.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

Since I have 1GB (or 1024MB) of RAM I will increase the initial page size to 2048MB. I will add another 1024 MB and set that as the Maximum size.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

Once you have made the changes click the set button and then click OK.
Speed Up Your PC by Increasing Page File Size

That is it. You have increase the page file size (or virtual memory) on your PC. This should help speed things up a little bit. I wouldn’t recommend increasing this to be more than double the size of your RAM.

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  • Its great.Thanks.

  • Very informative, it allowed me to finish the installation of Adobe Reader that needed more virtual memory.

    Thank you very much.

  • janis g wikkiams

    I have low virtual memory. Can you help??

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  • Matthew

    are there any negative effects effects of manually changing the paging file size?
    I have an 8GB RAM. So I would increse the paging file size to 16384 (twice the RAM) correct? and then would the max allocation be the 16384 + 1024 (1GB). or was that just the case because you had 1 GB RAM to begin with? would i then increase the max allocation to 16384 + 8192 (8GB)?
    Im not sure how soon i would get a reply because of the age of the post but if you can get back to me soon I would appreciate it.

  • 06yfz450ridr

    on a fast computer with enough ram using a page file causes a performance decrease since its using the hdd which is many times slower than ram speeds. remove the page file and you’ll see a speed increase as long as you have enough ram. You could also put the page file on flash memory instead of the hdd which may be faster than the hdd

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