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How to Increase the Virtual Memory Size in your Computer?

Virtual memory is used to extend the physical memory in your computer. Virtual memory helps your computer to store memory more efficiently. If you get a message in Windows XP and Vista stating that your computer is running low on virtual memory. To optimize the size of virtual memory you have to choose your operating system and the following steps can be performed to prevent from above mentioned message appearing and even enhance the performance of your system. This article will show you step by step procedures in order to get clear idea for your query “how to optimize your virtual memory settings for Windows XP and Windows Vista?” The first step is to find out how much physical memory your computer has.

Know How to Optimize Virtual Memory Size in your Windows XP System:

  1. Click on the “Start” button and Right click on “My Computer” then click on “Properties” The total size of physical memory on your system is located secure to the bottom of the Window. For example, if your computer has “248 MB of RAM” means it will be shown to you. This is the total size of physical memory on your computer. Write down the amount of memory on your computer.
  2. Now you have to click on the “Advanced” tab. From the “Advanced” window above hit on the first “Settings” button then click on the “Advanced” tab of this window.
  3. Click the “Change” button close to the bottom of this window and make sure that “Custom size” is selected. Now, you may need your calculator handy. Multiply the number you wrote down earlier which are the amount of physical memory on your computer by 2. This is the number we want to put in the “Initial size (MB)” box.
  4. Highlight the numbers in the “Initial size (MB)’ box and change it to the number you came up with when you multiplied your computer’s physical memory by 2.
  5. Now, multiply the number you just typed in as the “Initial size” by 2 and highlight the numbers in the “Maximum size (MB)” box and then enter the number you got from multiplying the “Initial size” by 2 in the “Maximum size (MB)” box
  6. Click the “Set” button and Click “Ok” which will close the current window again click “Ok” on the next window and then click “Ok” on the last window.

Know How to Optimize Virtual Memory Size in your Windows Vista System:

  1. First you have to determine how much Random Access Memory (RAM) you have installed on your computer. In order to find out RAM size you have to go behind following steps,
  2. Click “Start” and click on “Control Panel” and then double-click System and maintenance, then click System.
  3. In the left hand menu, click “Advanced system settings”. If you are encouraged for an administrator password then type the correct password.
  4. Click the Advanced tab from that click “Performance” option then under Performance click “Settings”.
  5. Click the Advanced tab, under Virtual memory, click Change. Uncheck the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” check box.
  6. Under Drive, click the drive that maintains the paging file what you want to change.
  7. Click Customize size and change the Initial Size and then maximum size text boxes (these sizes are in megabytes).
  8. Click Set and then click OK.


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