Change the Page File Size in Windows

Are you using an older machine, and the cutting edge operating systems from Microsoft run too slow, yet you don’t want to simply waste your money by using an older version of Windows?

This is a tested method of making your PC run Windows Vista and seven faster with low hardware capabilities.

We will learn how to increase the page file of your operating system.

Before we go to the step by step guide, we first need to understand what the page file is.

You are probably aware what random access memory is. You probably know that this memory is the cheapest and fastest way to increase your computer performance. But you can’t really buy extra memory chips right now due to various reasons.

The page file is a portion of your hard drive, which Windows uses as random access memory. This portion is also known as virtual memory. Your operating system always uses this page file to store driver data, even if you have enough physical memory available. However, the good thing about it is that it can be used to store any kind of data, be it for drivers or background programs. Unfortunately, it will not work for programs in which you currently work, as the data transfer rate for virtual memory is smaller, than the one of physical memory. But this can be used to clear some physical memory for the on screen program, thus making your PC work faster.

Sounds good right?

Now how do we do it?

Step 1) right click on my computer, then go to properties

Step 2) on the left panel of the newly opened window you will find “advanced system settings”

If your user account control is turned on, windows will ask you for permission before continuing.

Step 3) you should now see a small window with several tabs. The “advanced” tab should be already selected. In this tab you find 3 menus, Performance, user profiles and startup and recovery. Under Performance click settings.

Step 4) In the new window, go to advanced tab. Under “virtual memory” click “change”

Step 5) uncheck “automatically manage paging file for all drivers”

Check “Custom size”

Initial size put twice the amount of your current installed physical memory, in megabytes.

In the maximum size field, put 4 times.

For x32 users, you will be capped to 3200 megabytes.

Step 6) Click “set”, then “ok” then reboot your PC.

Next time you start up you should have a faster PC. Remember, this is a band aid fix, it is recommended that you upgrade your RAM. You can, of course, keep the change forever if you wish, but extra RAM will help you more.