In Windows System Virtual memory is used in place of the physical RAM when it runs out of the usable space. Virtual memory combines your computer’s RAM with temporary space on your hard disk called the Swap file, Paging file or Pagefile. Whenever RAM is not enough to complete task windows move data to paging file and frees up RAM so that your computer can complete its task. And prevent issues like slow down of the machine, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), Low Memory problem, App Crash Etc. Also virtual memory windows 10 can be considered as being an extension of the computer’s physical memory.
Your computer has two types of memory: The hard drive or solid state drive, used for your operating system, photos, music and documents, and RAM ( Random Access Memory) used for storing program-specific data. The hard drive is perfect for long-term storage, while RAM much faster and more volatile, acting as a working area for the programs and files you have open.
Every time you open more applications than the RAM on your PC can accommodate, the programs already present in the RAM are automatically transferred to the Pagefile. This process is technically called Paging. Because the Pagefile works as a secondary RAM, many times it is also referred to as virtual memory windows 10.
Adjust Virtual Memory On windows 10
Virtual memory is still a useful concept for older machines or devices lacking enough memory. It not only improves the performance but also prevents program crashes when all the RAM is in use. With Adjusting The Virtual memory you can Optimize the Windows performance but also fix Windows Running Low memory Problem. This Virtual memory operating system manages by itself only. But at times you might be required to alter the memory allocated. It is always said to customize the virtual memory into a size which is within the permissible limit. Here Fallow To manually Adjust Virtual memory for windows 10.
First press the combination of Win + R keys together to open the Run dialog box. Here type sysdm.cpl on it and then click on OK button.
This will open “System Properties” of your computer. When System Properties window of your computer is opened, go to the Advanced tab and click on the Settings option. Which is available under “Performance” section.
Now On the “Performance Options” window, go to the Advanced tab and click on the Change button located under “Virtual Memory” section.
You will see Virtual Memory window on your computer screen. Here you have to uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size for all drive” option at the top of the same windows. Select any of Drive letter where you allow to create the paging file and then click on Custom size. Then enter custom fields in “Initial size (MB)” and “Maximum size (MB)” fields.
How To Calculate pagefile size
To Calculate the pagefile size always Initial size is one and a half (1.5) x the amount of total system memory. Maximum size is three (3) x the initial size. So let’s say you have 4 GB (1 GB = 1,024 MB x 4 = 4,096 MB) of memory. The initial size would be 1.5 x 4,096 = 6,144 MB and the maximum size would be 3 x 4,096 = 12,207 MB.
After Set the Initial size (MB)” and “Maximum size (MB)” Value and click on set, Now Click on the OK button and then on the Apply button to save changes. This will prompt to Restart the windows ” you must restart your computer to apply these changes. ”
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