How to configure Virtual Memory Settings (Page File Settings)

Often at times your PC can become bogged down and become Non-Responsive due to a lack of resources. A good way to help free up resources and limit your computer from going non-responsive is to adjust your virtual memory settings. So in this how to guide I am going to show you how to adjust your virtual memory settings, (Page File Settings) to prevent your system from running out much needed resources.

Windows by default often leaves the minimum virtual memory settings at 0, which means when your system is involved in running resource intensive applications, it can and will run out of virtual memory. Leading to hangs and your system going non-responsive.

When it comes to setting the size for minimum and maximum amounts you should endeavor to always total between 1.5 times to 2.5 times the amount of physical memory or RAM in your PC. (Note – These settings are only a guideline, the virtual memory or page file takes up room on your hard disk totaling which ever maximum / minimum amounts you set.)

  • 1GB = 1024MB’s should be set at 1536 – 2560
  • 2GB = 2048MB’s should be set at 3840 – 5120
  • 3GB = 3072MB’s should be set at 4680 – 7680

System Advanced Tab
System Advanced Tab

Step #1 – Click on Start Menu and go to Control Panel.

Step #2 – Now click on System and then Advanced System Settings on the left pane of the window.

Performance Advanced
Performance Advanced

Step #3 – Click the Advanced Tab and then the Settings button under Performance.

Step #4 – Click the Advanced Tab and then the Change button.

Virtual Memory
Virtual Memory

Step #5Uncheck automatically manage page file for all drives.

Step #6 – Click custom size and then enter initial size and maximum size.

Step #7 – Click the ok button.

Now that our Virtual Memory settings have been set, you will notice a significant difference to the way your computer performs, and far few system hangs.

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