Windows 8.1: How to change the size of virtual memory?
Are you getting alerts to change the size of virtual memory of your Windows 8.1 PC? Don’t know why you are getting these alerts? Don’t worry; we have all the answers that you need. You might be facing these alerts due to low virtual memory of your PC.
However, in Windows 8.1, you can eliminate these alerts by simply increasing the size of your virtual memory. The size of the virtual memory as set by Windows – initial and minimum –is equivalent to the amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) installed, along with 300 MB (MegaByte), which can be increased to a size which is 3 times the size of the RAM installed on your PC.
So, if you are encountering alerts relating to the change of size of the virtual memory, you can change its size as per your requirement. Here are the steps to do the same:
- First of all create a system restore point before starting the process. To do so:
- On the Start screen, start typing ‘System Restore Point’ and then click on the ‘Settings’ section.
- From the search results, click on ‘Create a restore point’.
- On the ‘System Properties’ window, click ‘Create’ under ‘System Protection’ tab.
- Type the name for the restore point and then click ‘Create’.
- Wait for the process to complete and then click ‘Close’.
- Click ‘OK’ to close the ‘System Properties’ window.
- Now you can change virtual memory. To do so:
- If you are on the Start Screen, click the Desktop tile.
- Move the mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen to access the ‘Charms’ menu.
- Click on the ‘Settings’ charm and then click ‘PC Info’.
- Click ‘Advanced System Settings’ in the left pane and then click on the ‘Settings’ button in the ‘Advanced’ option.
- In the ‘Performance Options’ window, go to the ‘Advanced’ tab and then click ‘Change’.
- Uncheck the box next to ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’.
- Now select ‘Custom Size’ and then set the ‘Initial Size’ and ‘Maximum Size’.
- Click ‘OK’ and then click ‘OK’ again.
- Now, Click ‘OK’ twice to close the ‘Performance Options’ and ‘System Properties’ window.
- Click ‘Restart now’ to apply these changes.
You do not need to restart your PC if you are increasing the size of virtual memory, but if you are decreasing its size, you will need to restart it to apply the change. Did the above-mentioned steps help you in making your task simpler? You can also go through our solution video if you feel the need to comprehend the above-mentioned steps in an easier manner.