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

Windows 10 offers mostly a good experience, especially in terms of performance. If you have a high-performance device, that is, a powerful processor, a lot of RAM, an SSD instead of a hard drive, etc. It is likely that you will do very well and that Windows will almost always feel fast .

Now, if you have a more modest team, with the passage of time 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 the virtual memory of the system

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 units on your computer. But this does not mean that you can not modify it and increase it to try to give a boost in performance to your computer .

How to modify the size of virtual memory

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


Once you open the that, navigate through the left side panel and look for the item ” Advanced system configuration ” and click on it.


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


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


In the next window uncheck the box ” Automatically manage the size of the page file for all the units “. This will allow you to change the size in MB for the one you want.

The window shows you the available units and the space in megabytes available to assign to the paging file . Here you can write the number you want, try initially increasing about 1000 or 2000 MB, which is basically equivalent to 1 or 2 extra gigs 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 you will have, simply press accept and see how the system feels now.


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