5 August 2011

Increase Windows' Speed by Changing Virtual Memory's Size

If you are suffering from the lack of memory (RAM) size and experiencing low Windows performance, then you can increase and tweak the amount of your Windows operating system's virtual memory and speed up the system. You can increase your Windows' speed by specifying a part of Hard disk as RAM (Random access memory). This action will amplify your operating system’s speed and performance. To do this, just follow these steps:

Step 1

Right-click on the My Computer icon on the desktop or Start menu and from the menu, select Properties.

Step 2

In Win XP go to Properties system and in Win vista or 7, go to Advance system setting.

Step 3

In the new opened window, go to Advanced tab and under the Performance section, click on the Settings button. The new window Performance options will be open.

Step 4

Go to Advanced tab and under the Virtual memory section, hit the Change button.

Step 5

In this section, you will see the default specified RAM. Usually for 256MB RAMs, the  amount is between 384-768, which 384 is the minimum value and 768 is the maximum value.Select your desired drive that you want to specify the RAM size but before this, you have to disable the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option.

Step 6

By default, Windows assigns a single page file and manage its size automatically. You can find the default value in front of "Currently allocated" option. This is the value that Windows allocated for you currently. Now enable Custom size, and enter Initial size (minimum) and  Maximum values. If you have more than one volume on your system, then you can move the paging file to your desired volume or drive and assign an Initial minimum and maximum size for it. Check the Recommended size on the bottom of the dialog box under the "Total paging size of all drives" section and enter the same value for minimum and maximum sizes (both values must be the same).

Step 7

Click OK on all windows and restart your computer. If you increase the size then usually you don't need to restart your system to see the effect but if you decrease the amount then a restart is required. You can also increase/decrease the custom size according to your system available space and your desired more/less than the recommended size.