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Speed Up Your Computer By Increasing Virtual RAM

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help
 
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As your computer gets older, you may notice that it doesn’t function nearly as fast as it did when it was new. At first it doesn’t seem like much of a big deal, but as the computer gets slower and slower, it gets to the point of being… annoying. Today I’m going to show you the absolute simplest way to give your computer the extra speed you need, so you can enjoy your browsing without all the waiting.

First I’m going to tell you about RAM. RAM (Random Access Memory) is basically the “stuff that makes your computer go fast”, so obviously the more of it you have, the faster your computer will go. You can buy RAM, but there’s a way to get more RAM for free. You can do this by increasing your virtual RAM. This means is that you are taking some of the memory from your hard drive (the place where you save pictures, programs, etc.) and using it as RAM. Please note that if your hard drive is full, you might not have much memory to use as RAM, but you can use whatever memory you do have. Please follow the steps below to learn how to increase your virtual RAM:

 

1. You want to get to the “PC Info/System” page. There are different ways to do this, depending on your operating system. If you are using Windows 7, Vista, or XP, skip to step 2. If you are using Windows 8 or above, skip to step 3.

2. Click on the Start button. This is usually located in the bottom left corner of the screen. You will see a menu pop up above the start button. Click on the “Control Panel” button on the menu (See image below).

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Now that you’re at the Control Panel, click on “System and Security” then click “System” on the next menu. (See image below)

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After you’ve done that, skip to step 4.

 

3. Get to the desktop. Move your mouse to the top right corner of the screen. You should see a menu slide out from the right side. Click on the gear symbol labeled “Settings”. Another menu should come up. Click “PC Info”.

4. You should now be at a screen that looks something like this:

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Click on the link on the left side of the window labeled “Advanced System Settings”. (See image above)

 

(If you are using a shared computer with multiple accounts, and your account is not set as the administrator, it may ask for the administrator password at this point. If it doesn’t ask for a password, don’t worry about it.) A smaller window should pop up that looks something like this:

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Click on the tab labeled “Advanced” at the top, then click on the button labeled “Settings…” under “Performance” (See image above).

 

5. You should now see another window pop up. Click on the “Advanced” tab at the top, then click the button labeled “Change…” under “Virtual Memory” (See image below).

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6. Yet another window should pop up. Look at the top right corner of the window. You should see a small checkbox, checked by default. Click on it to uncheck it (See image below).

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In part 2 of our tutorial, we’ll show you step-by-step how to increased your virtual memory.

~ Samuel Rooker

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7 Responses to “Speed Up Your Computer By Increasing Virtual RAM”

  1. judy edmunson says:

    please send me part 2

  2. Dan says:

    Do you have the Mac Book Pro’s Tips you can publish when you are doing the windows or are you mostly covering just windows? I was a windows person until 2012 and bought my first mac and am always looking for tips.I have been viewing Worldstart for years and always enjoyed it.

    Thanks,Dan

    • cynthia says:

      Most of our articles are based on questions by readers, though we do have Mac tips from time to time. Less than 6% of users have Macs compared to 93% of the market belonging to Windows. If you have questions, please let us know.

  3. Susan says:

    I follow the steps outlined in both articles and restarted my PC but the settings did not “hold” – nothing changed.

  4. tom says:

    Great suggestion. Very timely for me. I have urged users to do this in the past, but have been cruising along with my W8.1 machine and forgot all about this. Although mine said System Managed, it was set at 1xxx MB (forget the actual number). I have 8GB RAM, and set my virtual to 4568 MB, I think it was.

    That is quite a difference and should definitely help a lot.

    Thank you,

    Tom

  5. Shanker says:

    I’m curious to know why custom setting is/works better than automated memory management. Normally, we assume that ‘system’ knows better than us about the conditions at any moment.

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