How To Change Virtual Memory In Windows XP

One of the most important parts of the computer is the RAM( Random Access Memory). Your information is stored in RAM before being accessed by any other part of the computer. You computers keep a part of the memory disk as virtual memory in case your RAM runs out or starts to slow down the computer. Virtual Memory is an option you can use to give your computer a "little extra" memory, which can help speed things up if most of your RAM is being used up. The only downside to this method is that your virtual memory uses space on your hard disk to give you that little bit extra speed. To change the virtual memory in windows follow these steps:

Step 1: Right click on My Computer and select Properties.


Step 2: Go to the Advanced tab in the section titled Performance, and select Settings.


Step 3: In the new window, select the Advanced tab. Down at the bottom there will be a section titled Virtual Memory. Select Change.


There will be two spaces where you can change the amount of virtual memory you want to use. It is listed in megabytes (MB) so you want to take how many gigabytes (GB) that you are interested in using and multiply that number by 1024. This will give you the amount in MB.

Step 4: Make sure you have the custom size option selected and input the amount of MB you want to dedicate to virtual memory. After that, just click ok and apply and there you go. You just changed your virtual memory and helped give your PC an option to rely on should you run out of RAM.


Step 5: Click on the "Ok" button.

Tip: Restart the computer for the changes to go into effect.

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