On Windows 10, virtual memory is required. The OS will manage virtual memory on its own by default. It will choose a value based on what it considers to be the best and the amount of RAM you have. On Windows 10, however, you can change the virtual memory size to whatever you want. You have the option of lowering or raising it. You should be aware that increasing it necessitates having that much free disk space. Here’s how to Increase Virtual Memory in Windows 10.
Change virtual memory size
Go to System and Security>System in the Control Panel. Select Advanced System Settings from the left-hand column.
Go to the Advanced tab in the System Properties window (window 1 in the screenshot below). Under the ‘Performance’ section, click ‘Settings.’ The Performance Options window will open as a result of this (window 2 in the screenshot below). Under the ‘Virtual Memory‘ section of the Advanced tab, click ‘Change.’ The window for Virtual Memory will appear (window 3 in the screenshot below). Untick the box that says “Automatically manage paging file size for all devices.” Each drive can have its own virtual memory.
Ensure that the C drive is selected and that the ‘Custom size‘ option is selected. You can now specify how much virtual memory should occupy. There is a minimum size limit of 16MB, which is extremely small. There’s also a recommended size, which is quite small, and the virtual drive’s current size.
Keep the above constraints in mind as you adjust the virtual memory size. To close all three windows, click OK/Apply when you’re finished. A prompt will appear informing you that a system restart is required to apply the change. Accept the prompt and restart your computer to change the size of your virtual memory.
Increasing the virtual memory size will improve the performance of your system, but only to a certain extent. If you’re having trouble running RAM-intensive apps, increasing virtual memory should help, if not solve the problem. Its reduction in size may have a negative impact on the performance of your system. Setting it to the recommended size may not be the best option. The recommended size is significantly smaller than the default setting in Windows 10, but that doesn’t mean you should follow it.
Adding a few extra GBs to the virtual memory isn’t a bad idea if you have the space. It’s simple to revert to the previous setting if it doesn’t improve performance, so there’s no risk.