On Windows 11/10, virtual memory (or paging file) plays a vital role. It is an essential component that remains hidden by default. It is designed to remove temporarily less frequently used modified files from RAM to the hard drive. Using this technology, the Windows operating system prioritizes faster physical memory for more frequent processes and applications, improving the overall performance and preventing the device from locking up if it runs out of system memory.
Although virtual memory is not always required to increase, increasing the virtual memory may sometimes be necessary to increase your system performance, especially when you see a message, “Your system is low on virtual memory.” Also, if you notice slow performance over time, you can try to increase virtual memory and see if it helps you.
If you’re experiencing issues with virtual memory or trying to improve the system performance, you should increase the virtual memory. Windows 11/10 allows you to increase the size of the virtual memory. There are at least two ways to change or increase virtual memory: Settings app and Command Prompt.
How to Increase Virtual Memory on Windows 11 using the Settings app?
To grow the virtual memory on Windows 11 using the Settings app, you need to do the following steps:-
Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing
Step 2. Click the
Step 3. Now, click
Step 4. Here, click the link labeled with
Step 5. Now, System Properties pop-up window will appear. Navigate to the
Step 6. Click the
Step 7. Now, switch to the
Step 8. Click the
Step 9. Uncheck the checkbox
Step 10. Now, select the
Step 11. Here, enter the initial and maximum size for the paging file in megabytes (MB).
Step 12. Click the
Step 13. Click
Step 14. Click
Step 15. Reboot your computer or laptop.
That’s it. Now, Windows OS will use the custom virtual memory (page file) that you have specified and should increase the overall performance.
One should note that the size of the virtual memory is unique for each device. It is recommended to use one and a half times the total available memory (RAM) for the “Initial size” and three times of available memory for the “Maximum size,” if possible.
How to Increase Virtual Memory using Settings on Windows 10?
Step 1. Open the Settings app.
Step 2. Click on the
Step 3. Click
Step 4. On the right of About, click the link
Step 5. In the System Properties pop-up window that appears, click on the
Step 6. Under the Performance section, check the
Step 7. In the new pop-up window, navigate to the
Step 8. Click the
Step 9. On the new pop-up window, uncheck the option “Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers” and then click on the
Step 10. Enter the initial and maximum size in MB. Usually, it’s recommended to set one and a half times the total available memory for the “Initial size” and three times of available memory for the “Maximum size” when possible.
Step 11. Click the
Step 12. Click
Step 13. Click
How to Increase Virtual Memory on Windows 11/10 using Command Prompt?
To increase virtual memory on Windows 11/10 using Command Prompt, do the following steps:-
Step 2. In the elevated command prompt, type the following and hit
wmic pagefile list /format:list
Step 3. Now, type the following command to switch from manage to custom virtual memory, and press
wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=false
Step 4. Finally, type the following command to set the initial and maximum size of the virtual memory and press
wmic pagefileset where name="C:\\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=YOUR-INIT-SIZE,MaximumSize=YOUR-MAX-SIZE
For example, to set the paging file to initial to “9216” and maximum size to “13364,” issue the following command:-
wmic pagefileset where name="C:\\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=9216,MaximumSize=13364
Step 5. Now, restart your computer.
Once you complete the above steps, your PC will start using the new values for virtual memory and should help to improve system performance.
If you no longer need to use the custom size for virtual memory, you can always revert the changes on Windows 11/10. For that, issue the following command:-
wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=true
After that, restart the device.