Tweak your Windows 10 performance with virtual memory

Did you know that your computer has two types of RAM? In addition to the well-known random access memory (RAM), there is also virtual memory (also called Virtual Memory). All programs use RAM, but when there is not enough memory available, your computer switches to virtual memory. Then a so-called page file is created. This allows programs to continue to do their job, without immediately crashing or anything like that.

The more memory a computer has, the faster programs can run. If you don't have enough working memory, it is tempting to expand the virtual memory. That is not always the best option. Information from the ram is read faster than from your hard drive, where the virtual memory is parked. If you get the message somewhere that you don't have enough RAM, it is advisable to expand your RAM. But if that doesn't work, using the virtual memory is also an option.

How to calculate virtual memory

There is a formula for calculating the correct amount of virtual memory. The initial size is one and a half times the amount of RAM in your computer. The maximum size of the virtual memory is three times that initial size. In our case, we work on a laptop with 8 GB of RAM. That's 8192 MB to be exact. If we multiply that number by 1.5, we get 12,228 MB. That is the initial space. The maximum space in this case is 12,228 times 3; then we arrive at 36,864 MB. This laptop can therefore have a maximum of 36 GB of virtual memory.

This is how you change the virtual memory

To adjust the virtual memory, let's go to the System-page. You do that by Explore to open and left in the menu right-click This PC to click. This is immediately the page where you can find your own amount of working memory. Click on the left now Advanced System Settings. Under the tab Advanced stands Performance, with the button Institutions. Press that. In the next screen press Advanced (second tab at the top). There you will find the cup Virtual Memory on, including the button Modify.

There is now a check mark at the top Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. Uncheck that box and select now Custom Size. Enter the initial and maximum size here by applying the above calculation based on your own working memory. Enter those numbers and then press Set up. Now close all windows by either pressing OK or To apply to click. You have now officially expanded your computer's virtual memory.

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