Increase Virtual Memory in Microsoft Windows 8

About Increasing Virtual Memory

After the successful installation of Windows 8 on a computer, the operating system is configured to manage the pagefile size automatically on its own. However if a computer has some memory intensive applications installed in it, administrators can manually increase the size of the pagefile in order to improve the overall performance of the system.

About Pagefile

A pagefile is a system file that is automatically generated after the successful installation of Windows 8 operating system. Pagefile stores the pages of applications, which are the fragments of the applications that cannot be stored in the physical memory or RAM, or that are being transferred from the RAM to a different location (pagefile) to make some additional room in it for the newly opened applications. The concept of pagefile replaced the traditional concept of virtual memory in which a certain amount of disk space from a system drive (typically C:) was reserved to allow the transfer of opened applications from the physical memory to the hard disk drive. In other words or in a layman’s language, virtual memory is now called the pagefile.

Increasing the size of a pagefile is an administrative task and can be performed only using elevated privileges.

Increasing Virtual Memory (Pagefile Size)

To increase the virtual memory (pagefile size) in Windows 8, administrators must follow the steps given as below:

  1. Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account whose Virtual Memory is to be increased.
  2. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen.
  3. On the desktop screen, from the taskbar, click File Explorer icon.
  4. On the opened Libraries window, right-click Computer from the left pane.
  5. From the displayed context menu, click Properties.
  6. On the System window, from the left pane, click Advanced system settings.
  7. On the System Properties box, ensure that the Advanced tab is selected.
  8. On the selected tab, click Settings button under the Performance section.
  9. On the Performance Options box, go to the Advanced tab.
  10. On the selected tab, under Virtual memory section, click Change.
  11. On the Virtual Memory box, uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives checkbox.
  12. From the enabled options, click to select the Custom size radio button.
  13. In the Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB) fields, specify the appropriate values according to the size of the physical memory (RAM) installed on the computer.
  14. Click Set button to set the specified values as the size of virtual memory.

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  15. Click OK to save the modified settings.
  16. On the System Properties box, click OK.
  17. Close all the opened boxes when done.
  18. Restart the computer to allow the changes to take effect.

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