Virtual Memory, Paging File OR Physical Memory in Windows

Virtual & Physical Memory or Paging File

Virtual Memory plays an important role in Microsoft Windows computer. It is also known as physical memory, paging file or swap file that uses the part of your hard drive in case your RAM is running down from memory.

Sometimes, you might have seen messages like “computer is low on memory” or “virtual memory is too low“, etc. This message can appear in any version of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 & 10). Mostly it has been seen in Windows 7.

virtual memoryIf you are getting these kind of messages on your Windows computer, that means you need an attention to your computer. If you keep ignoring that message, your computer will start running slow, programs will show you not responding message, your computer may not boot properly, etc.

How Does Paging or Virtual Memory Works?

What exactly the Physical Memory is?

How does it work on Windows computers?

I am sure, you have above questions in your mind and you wanted to know the answers. So, here I will make you understand with an example below:

Virtual memory is a hard drive space, which can be consumed by your Windows when your RAM memory was filled up.

Suppose, your computer has a 2 GB of RAM. You might have run so many software/programs in your computer that required more than 2 GB of Memory. In that case, your Windows Computer take the rest of the space virtually from your hard drive. That is called paging/physical/virtual memory.

Check the below steps to increase the Virtual Memory manually in order to avoid any harm to the computer:

Note: The steps I will show you below, is on Windows 10 computer, it should work with Windows 7 and 8.1 as well.

Step 1. Right-click on This PC Icon and select Properties.

Step 2. In the left pane of the screen, click on Advanced system settings

Step 3. A System Properties screen will open. Under Advanced Tab, go to performance and click Settings button.

Step 4. In Performance Options Window, click on Advanced Tab then, click Change

virtual memoryStep 5. Another screen prompts of Virtual Memory, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”, if checked.

Select the radio button of Custom Size and enter the figure manually and that should be more than Recommended paging file

Click on Set button. Lastly, click OK button to close.

check virtual memoryThen, click OK button to close other screens as well.

It must prompt you to restart your computer in order to save changes into the computer. Go ahead and click on restart.

Al right! you have successfully increased the virtual memory of your Windows computer.

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