How to Change Virtual Memory Size on Windows 10 using Settings

What Is Virtual Memory?

Virtual Memory is a memory management scheme in a computer that momentarily stores inactive parts of the content Random Access Memory (RAM) using parts of the hard drive, restoring it to Random Access Memory (RAM) when quick access to it is needed.

Why Is Virtual Memory Needed?

These days most Computers have something like 32 or 64 megabytes of RAM available for the CPU to use. The amount of memory you require will depends on two factors: What you want to do and how much you are willing to spend. Since Computers have a finite amount of Random-Access Memory (RAM) so memory can run out, especially when multiple programs run at the same time. 

If your computer lacks the needed RAM to run a larger programs or multiple operations, Windows uses virtual memory to allow each programs or operation operate as if it has infinite memory and without having to purchase more RAM.

In this article, we will walk you through the steps to be used to change Virtual Memory Size in windows 10.

Let us get started.

How to Change Virtual Memory Size?

Exploiting the virtual memory space comes with a performance impact. Any data moved there can only be accessed at the slower speeds of the hard drive. If your device is running low on virtual memory, you can adjust the size using Settings.

Follow the steps shown below so that you can change Virtual Memory Size in windows 10.

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Click on System.

Step 3: Click on About and you will see the following page.

Windows About Settings

Step 4: Under the Related settings section, on the right side of the About Page, click the System info option.

Windows System info

Step 5: Click the "Advanced system settings" option from the left pane.

Advanced system settings in Windows 10


Step 6: Click the Advanced tab.

Advanced tab in System Properties


Step 7: Under the "Performance" section, click the Settings button.

Performance Settings in Windows 10

Step 8: Click the Advanced tab.

Step 9: Under the "Virtual memory" section, click the Change button.

Change Virtual Memory Size on Windows 10


Step 10: Clear the Automatically manage paging files size for all drives option and Select the Custom size option.

Automatically manage paging files size for all drives


Step 11: Specify the initial and maximum size for the paging file in megabytes and click the Set button. Finally click the OK button.

Specify the initial and maximum size for the paging file in megabytes

Note: The size of the virtual memory is unique to each device, and it can't be generalized. However, usually, it's recommended to use a number that's 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 12: Click the OK button again.

Step 13: Restart your PC.