How to Increase Virtual Memory

Do you know how to increase virtual memory? Virtual memory is, in essence, a backup memory for your computer. Once your computer has filled its Random-access memory (RAM), it turns to virtual memory to keep your computer functioning. Your computer swaps between RAM and virtual memory when necessary. If your computer often has to swap between RAM and virtual memory, you'll find that your computer becomes sluggish. You may also find a problem with virtual memory if you attempt to install a new application onto your computer. You may get a message telling you there isn't enough virtual memory to perform the task. The only way to fix either of these problems is to increase your computer's virtual memory. Here's what you need to know to do it.

To begin the process of how to increase virtual memory from Windows XP, click the "Start" button and then select "Control Panel." Now choose "Performance and Maintenance" and click "Settings."

There will be several tabs to choose from next. Click on the one which reads "Advanced" and under the Performance section, click "Settings." Again, choose the "Advanced" tab, find "Virtual memory" and click "Change."

Now you'll see "Drive." Click the drive which contains the paging file you wish to change and then click "Custom size." This is where you'll manually enter the amount of memory you wish to reserve for virtual memory. This should be 1.5 times the amount of RAM your computer has.

To begin with the process of how to increase your virtual memory in Vista, you'll begin the same way. Go to your Start Menu and click "Control Panel." Now choose "System and Maintenance" and select "System." Choose "Advanced system settings" and then, under "Performance," click "Settings." Under the "Advanced" tab find the part which reads "Virtual memory" and click "Change." Again, manually change the amount of size saved for your virtual memory, keeping it 1.5 times more than your computer's RAM.

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