How to Increase Virtual Memory in Windows 10: A Quick Guide

When it comes to Windows computer and its storage system, many of us would alter its original SSD (Solid State Drive) or RAM with a larger one. This certainly results in increasing memory on your system. But ever thought of looking for an easy hack? Instead of taking paining of changing existing RAM or SSD, if you can do it easily then?

Well, you can increase virtual memory in your Windows system (that actually is easy way to increase space on disk). But, before we tour you through the guide, let us give a brief on Virtual Memory.

What is Virtual Memory?

Your system has two types of memory: one is its SSD or hard drive that is best used to save all sort of files and documents. While the other one is RAM, which is used to save specific data of various programs on your system. RAM is also responsible for proper working of your system. However, it is used much faster than SSD that results in system slow down and lagging.

With that been said, Microsoft has attempted well to resolve the issue with virtual memory. Virtual memory is that addition memory on your system which is used only when your RAM has been all used. For example, if your system has 1 GB RAM and it has been consumed, then your system will start using its virtual memory in order to work effortlessly for you.

But still, virtual memory is just another memory on your system and is certain to get piled up sooner or later. Apparently this must be the reason for Microsoft to be kind enough and have provided access to users to increase it manually. Sigh! With a few manual steps, you can increase your system’s virtual memory and experience a smooth and clutter free performance of your system.

Follow these Simple Steps to Increase Virtual Memory in Windows 10

  • Go to Start Menu and click on Settings.
  • Now type performance on search bar and select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.


  • A new Window will open before you. Go to Advanced tab in it.
  • You’ll see a Virtual memory section in it. Click on Change


  • If the current setting is considerably less than the recommended, unselect the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box on this window and click on Custom size.
  • Now enter the recommended value in the Initial Size box, and a larger figure in the Maximum size
  • Click on OK to save the changes.

So, these were the steps to increase virtual memory in windows 10. Increasing virtual memory will help optimize your system’s memory and thereby its performance. We’d also recommend you to disk clean your system occasionally, so that you are never short of storage space.


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    Paul Jones
    Thanks for the article on upping the size of virtual memory in Windows 10.

    6 years ago

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