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Every Windows user experiences some slowdown over time. As cruft builds up, Windows tends to get slower and run into more errors. At times you need to reinstall Windows, but there are other quick fixes that can help if it’s not awful yet.

One of them is managing your system’s virtual memory Is Your Virtual Memory Too Low? Here's How to Fix It! Is Your Virtual Memory Too Low? Here's How to Fix It! The curse of Windows is its slowing down over time. Often, low memory is to blame. Here is one more way to virtually unburden your RAM. Read More . We’ve discussed the topic before, but for those on lower-end machines, a quick tweak to memory management in Windows has been reported to help performance. Here’s what you should try.

First, search for System on the Start Menu and click its entry. Click Advanced System Settings on the left sidebar, then switch to the the Advanced tab. Find the Performance header and click the Settings button. One more time, click the Advanced tab and you’ll see the virtual memory settings. Choose Change.

You want to override Windows’ default settings, so uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers box. Then select the hard drive to edit settings for (probably C:, your internal drive).

Look at the bottom of the window for the Recommended size and enter that number for the Initial and Maximum Size boxes. Click Set, then OK. Restart your computer to apply the changes, and you should see a performance increase!

For computers with lots of RAM, you probably won’t see a big difference after this adjustment. But it’s worth a try for weaker or older systems that are stuttering. For more performance boosting, check out how to make Windows 10 faster from boot to shutdown How to Speed Up Windows 10 From Boot to Shut Down How to Speed Up Windows 10 From Boot to Shut Down Registry tweaks and ominous cleaners rarely fix a slow computer. We have compiled a list of tried-and-true methods that will give your Windows 10 computer an instant performance boost. Read More .

Do you let Windows handle virtual memory, or have you changed the value with this method? Let us know if this helped you down in the comments!

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  1. LordDaMan
    April 29, 2017 at 12:13 am

    This is a really old trick form the win 9x days. It also doesn't really make a difference on anything even halfway modern because harddrives are fast enough that it won't make a noticeable difference is the swap file is fragmented. Also windows may never use that much of a swap or may use a lot more then the recommended depending on your workflow so it's best t leave it alone.