View and increase Windows Virtual Memory (page file) settings

To increase the virtual memory (page file) in Windows follow the steps below.

Note: Before changing your virtual memory make sure you understand why it may or may not be a good idea to change the Microsoft Windows page file size.

Accessing Windows Virtual Memory settings

  1. Right-click on the My Computer or This PC icon on your Desktop or in File Explorer.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. In the System Properties window click Advanced System Settings and then click the Advanced tab.
  4. In the Advanced tab click the Settings button under Performance.
  5. In Performance Options, click the Advanced tab and then click the Change button.

Manually adjusting the Windows Virtual Memory settings

Virtual MemoryIn the Virtual Memory window, un-check the box for Automatically manage Paging file size for all drives, if checked.

Select the option titled Custom size.

In the text boxes for Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB), enter the values you want to change the Virtual memory settings to use.

Note: The bottom of the Virtual Memory window are minimum and recommended settings for your computer's virtual memory. It is typically best to use these options unless instructed by a computer technician to use different values.

It is also important to note that changing your virtual memory settings could result in performance loss if settings are too high or too low. It is usually best to allow the operating system to manage the virtual memory settings automatically.

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