Change the size of Virtual Memory on your PC

Virtual memory is a directly addressable read and writes memory. It is an integral part of computer architecture, which is developed for multitasking kernels. It is a memory management technique. Its implementation requires hardware support, typically in the form of a memory management unit built into the CPU. This technique virtualizes computer architecture’s various forms of computer data storage such as random access memory (RAM) and disk storage, allowing a program to be designed as though there is only one kind of memory. Virtual memory plays a vital role in increasing the performance of the computer system. Follow the tutorial to increase the size of the virtual memory of a computer.

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Virtual memory size is changed in order to get better performance on the system. To change the virtual memory settings, follow the steps laid below.

  • Go to Start, then Control Panel and click on System under Performance and Maintenance
  • Click on the Advanced tab under the System Properties window

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  • Under the Performance box, click Settings
  • On the Performance dialog, click the Advanced tab and then click Change under the Virtual Memory heading.

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Upon completion you will see the Virtual Memory settings as shown in the above screen shot.

You can increase your virtual memory to get better performance. You can go with the windows recommendation.
In order to get the best performance it is best to create a paging file on a different partition than the boot partition the drive that contains that operating system, which is usually the C drive and to also create it on a separate hard drive. In this way, Windows can handle more Input-Output (I/O) requests because the paging file will not have to compete with the system folder that needs to be constantly accessed as Windows runs.

For a paged virtual memory all implementations divide a specific virtual address space into pages, blocks of contiguous virtual memory addresses. Pages are usually at least 4 KB in size; systems with large virtual address ranges or amounts of real memory generally use larger page sizes.

But completely moving the paging file from the boot partition to a different partition can create problem. Windows uses the page file to write out debug info when the computer system crashes with blue screen of death (BSoD) or stop error. If you get the blue screen of death, it’s not an easy process at all to read the file and even if you can, it can be quite complex. If you have enough space, then you can leave the paging file there. This is important for machines that have critical data, but for the average user, this is not a big deal. This problem occurs in a rare case.

Upon following the above-mentioned steps you can now easily change the size of virtual memory of a computer running on Windows XP and Windows 7 and increase the performance of the system.


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