Windows 10 today, with many updates, gives us a fresh and beautiful interface, but with that, it is obvious that it is possible to consume RAM for computers with little RAM, which can lead to slow computer performance. So the savior of computers with low RAM capacity is “virtual RAM”.
In this article, Ticswipe will guide you step by step to set virtual memory and increase virtual RAM in Windows 10 to play games smoother, surf the web faster.
What is virtual RAM?
Virtual RAM (also known as Virtual Memory) is a part of hard drive capacity that simulates physical RAM to help your computer run smoother applications and heavy programs when the computer’s physical RAM capacity has been exhausted used up, increasing the processing speed and performance of the computer.
When to set virtual RAM?
If you have to regularly use heavy software such as graphics software or play games that require high configuration but your computer cannot meet it, you can set virtual RAM. This is only a temporary “fireproof” solution, and of course, the performance of virtual RAM will not be the same as physical RAM.
When your physical RAM (real RAM) is exhausted, the computer will calculate and take the temporary memory of the open application but unused for the longest time to put it in virtual RAM, serving memory for the software you need. The virtual RAM will return the temporary memory to the physical RAM whenever you use that application again.
Then recalculate and put the cache of the applications running in the background, but you are not using the longest from physical RAM to virtual RAM. This process keeps repeating continuously until you close some applications, physical RAM has enough memory to meet your tasks.
How to Increase Virtual RAM in Windows 10
Using by Windows Settings
To be able to adjust virtual memory resizing on Windows 10, try using the following steps:
Step 1: Open Windows Settings with the keyboard shortcut Windows + I and select System.
Select About item in the list of features on the left, continue on the right side of the window select System Info.
Step 2: In the System window, select Change Settings.
Note: While you are in the System window, make a note of the size of RAM available on your computer for future use. In the example image above, my Windows 10 computer currently has 8GB of RAM available.
Step 3: In the System Properties window, select the Advanced tab. In the Performance section, click the Settings button to open the Performance Options window.
Step 4: Continue to select the Advanced tab, under Virtual memory, select the Change button to modify the settings of virtual memory.
Step 5: In the Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
Select a Custom size. Now you can set the Initial size and Maximum size for your paging file.
Note: As a general rule, the paging file should be at least 1.5 times the size of your installed RAM and up to 3 times the size of your existing RAM. For a practical example, if you have 8GB of RAM on your machine, your minimum RAM settings will be 1024 x 8 x 1.5 = 12,288 MB and the maximum RAM is 1024 x 8 x 3 = 24,576 MB.
Step 7: Click Set and select OK to save the virtual RAM on the computer.
See more: 10 Ways to Open Control Panel in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista & XP
Increase Virtual Memory Windows 10 using by Command Prompt
To be able to set more virtual RAM for your Windows 10 computer using Command Prompt, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open the Start Menu.
Step 2: Search for Command Prompt, then right-click on the best match and select the Run as administrator option.
Step 3: Type the following command to find out the current state of the paging file and press Enter.
wmic pagefile list /format:list
Step 4: Type the following command to switch to custom virtual memory management and press Enter.
wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=false
Step 5: Type the following command to set the initial and maximum size for virtual memory and press Enter.
wmic pagefileset where name="C:\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=YOUR-INIT-SIZE,MaximumSize=YOUR-MAX-SIZE
Example: wmic pagefileset where name=”C:\pagefile.sys” set InitialSize=9216,MaximumSize=12288 (if you want to set the initial and maximum sizes to 9216 and 12288 megabytes respectively.
Step 6: Finally, type the following command to restart your computer and press Enter.
shutdown -r -t 00
After completing the steps above, your computer will start using virtual memory values and help improve your PC’s performance.
Thus, the process of setting virtual RAM and increasing the amount of virtual memory has been completed. With this method, you will not worry about the machine’s life being reduced, affecting the performance or damaging the hard drive. Besides, we can play games smoother; surfing speed also increases significantly.