Increasing Virtual Memory in Windows 10,8,7 & XP Speedup PC

Increasing Virtual Memory in Windows 10

Hey, solution exist readers, have you heard about virtual memory? If not then this post will teach you what is virtual memory and how we will use virtual memory to speed up computers. Performance matters a lot when it comes to using computers and memory play an important role when it comes to performance. There basically two types of memory, primary memory and secondary. Primary memory consists of RAM (Random Access Memory) and ROM (Read-only memory). Without going into the depth, let me tell you that RAM stores the information your computer is actively using so that it can be accessed quickly and in this way, it is responsible for computer speed. If you are a Windows 10 user then do read Chrome Slow On Windows 10.

Today, tweaks we will show you that will increase virtual memory in windows 10 and ultimately fix slow pc and boost computer speed. Prior to jump into the steps, let us have a quick introduction to what is virtual memory.

What is virtual Memory?

Virtual Memory is a storage allocation scheme in which secondary memory can be addressed as though it were part of main memory. This means that we are going to use secondary memory as a primary memory to speed up pc. Now as we had learned, what is virtual memory, let us dive into the steps to

How do I increase virtual memory on my computer?

This tutorial will help you to increase virtual memory on computer using two methods in windows 10 as well as windows xp windows 7 and windows 8 also. previously we hd posted To Use PenDrive As Ram in Windows 10, 8 & 7 also check that out.

Before you jump to the steps, we recommend you create system restore point so in case you messed up with the windows setting you can restore the computer to previous date. Now as you are done with the prerequisite steps, follow the below-listed steps.

Increasing Virtual Memory in Windows 10

  1. Firstly Go to the Start Menu and search for Settings and open it.
  2. Type  Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows and open it.
  3. Select Advanced tab and click on Change.
  4. At the bottom of the new window, check what the Recommended value is and how it compares to Currently allocated.
  5. If the current setting is significantly less than the recommended, uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box at the top of the same windows and then click on Custom size.
  6. Enter the Recommended value in the Initial Size box, and a larger figure in the Maximum size box.
  7. Click OK to save the new settings.
Note – Recommended virtual memory windows 10 is no less than 1.5 times and no more than 3 times the amount of RAM on your computer.

How to increase virtual memory using Command Prompt

  1. Open Start and Search for Command Prompt, right-click, and select the Run as administrator.

  2. Now type the following command to know the current status of the paging file and press Enter:wmic pagefile list /format:list

  3. After the type another command to switch form manage to custom virtual memory and press Enter:wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=false

  4. Now type command to set the initial and maximum size of the virtual memory and press Enter:wmic pagefileset where name="C:\\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=YOUR-INIT-SIZE,MaximumSize=YOUR-MAX-SIZEThis example sets the paging file to “9216” and “12288” megabytes for the initial & maximum size:

    wmic pagefileset where name="C:\\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=9216,MaximumSize=12288

  5. Now type the final command and restart your computer.shutdown -r -t 00

Who to revert the changes done – undo virtual memory

If you no longer need to use the custom size for virtual memory, follow the below steps.

  1. Click on the Start button and search for Command prompt. Now right-click on it and select run as administrator.
  2. Now enter the following command and press enter.
    wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=true
  3. Now exit command prompt and restarting your system.
These were the method to Change operating system virtual memory settings and boot speed of PC. We would recommend you to check PC optimization software which will help you to increase computer speed and optimize windows performance.

Steps to increase virtual memory in Windows XP & Vista

If you are using windows XP or windows Vista then here are the steps that can be use to increase virutal memory in windows xp and vista.
  1. Firstly click on the start button and Go to Run and then Type Sysdm.cpl      
  2. Now on the right side, click Advanced tab.
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  3. On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Changeincrease virtual memory in Windows 7

  5. Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box
  6. Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.
  7. Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box,

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  8. Click Set and then click OK.

Note – There is not generalize size of virtual memory can be enter for all system, numbers changed system to system. Microsoft recommends to set virtual memory to be no less than 1.5 times and no more than 3 times the amount of RAM on your computer.

If your system had 4 Gb of ram then your minimum should be 2.6 and max should be 12 Gb


1. How do I increase virtual memory on my computer?

Two methods to increase virtual memory on the computer are described in the post. One can follow any of the methods and hereby Change operating system virtual memory settings.

2. Does increasing virtual memory speed up computer?

it depends on the quality of storage you are going to use. By creating virtual memory, you are going to use hard drive as memory storage to swap data from ram to storage and get it back when required. If your hard drive is slow then you are actually making your PC slow.

3. Is virtual memory faster than RAM?

No, virtual memory will be created in your harddisk which is slower compare to RAM, hence ram is much faster than RAM

4. Virtual memory windows 10 (4gb ram)

Computers having 4GB RAM, can set the minimum paging file as 1024x4x1.5=6,144MB and the maximum is 1024x4x3=12,288MB.

5. How to speed up PC other that increasing virtual memory

The best way to increase computer speed is add memory to you PC. Yes it will cost you money but it is worth it. Installing SSD in your computer and increasing RAM will boost your computer performance. It is always recommended to have SSD in your computer and operating system install in the SSD and to have a stable performance. 8 gb of ram is suggested.

Here are some recommendation for SSD and RAM

120gb SSD by

240 Gb SSD

RAM recommendation

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 3000 (PC4-24000) C16 PC Memory (CMK8GX4M1D3000C16)

HyperX Fury Black 8 GB CL15 DIMM DDR4 2400 MT/s Internal Memory (HX424C15FB2/8)

Note – Before purchasing ram, know ram type and purchase accordingly. Read How To Identify RAM Type In Computer/Laptop

Wrapping Up

Hope you like this tutorial on how to increase virtual memory in windows 10 to Speed up PC. If you have any other doubt related to windows then do check our windows guide where we had posted various windows tricks. In the meantime, you can read stop windows 10 updates which will make your windows 10 fast. You can ask your pc related question in the comment section, also you can follow us on Facebook page – Solution Exist and join our Facebook Group – Android And Windows Errors Solution.

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Ronak Prajapatit is a Chemical Engineer by profession and a Part-Time blogger. He is a passionate tech blogger who likes to share his knowledge and helped to troubleshoot problems of computers and PC.

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