How to increase virtual memory for page filing?

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Answered by: sohaib, An Expert in the Windows Customization Category
Whenever you load a program on your computer, it uses up a specific amount of RAM (Random Access Memory). This is different from the memory in your hard disk. Your hard disk stores data permanently, while RAM— a separate piece of hardware installed on motherboard—stores data temporarily.

Sometimes, the amount of RAM required by programs can exceed the amount of RAM installed on your computer, which can cause the program to crash or not run at all. The obvious solution is to buy more RAM, but there is a way you can get use a section of space on your hard disk as temporary RAM. This is where virtual memory for page filing comes in. A page file uses free space on your hard disk as virtual memory. This virtual memory is then used in the same way as RAM and acts as additional RAM. You can let the system decide the size of the page file, or you can allocate virtual memory manually.

The following steps illustrate the procedure you need to follow to manually allocate virtual memory.

Step 1

Right-click on the "My Computer" icon on your Windows desktop and select "Properties." This brings up the "System Properties" window.

Step 2

In the "System Properties" window click on the "Advanced" tab and then click on "Settings" in the "Performance" section. This opens up the "Performance Options" window.

Step 3

In the "Performance Options" window click on the "Advanced" tab. Then click on "Change" in the "Virtual Memory" section. This opens up the "Virtual Memory" window. This is where you can manually set the page file, let the system manage the size, or select no paging file.

Step 4

Click on the "Custom Size" radio button. You can now allocate the amount of virtual memory for page filing for each hard disk or partition on your computer. Choose the hard disk from the "Drive [Volume Label]" list, and set the initial and maximum sizes. The "Total Paging File Size For All Drives" section shows the minimum recommended size and the currently allocated size. The amount of virtual memory you allocate should be at least one and a half times that of your RAM. For example, if you have 512MB of RAM, the page file should be at least 512 x 1.5 = 768MB. When setting the maximum size, remember that your hard disk cannot use the space allocated to the page file.

Step 5

Click on "Set," and then click on "OK." You might need to restart your computer before the changes take effect.

Remember that virtual memory is only intended as a supplement to the physical RAM and cannot replace it. Your computer will fail to boot if you do not have physical RAM installed on your computer. The operating system uses the physical RAM to store data required to run critical operations in the background. The amount of hard disk space you can allocate as virtual memory is limited by the total amount of physical RAM installed on your computer.

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