How to increase Page File size or Virtual Memory in Windows 7 | 8

If you get a message : Your system is low on virtual memory, when you try to start any memory intensive application, like Microsoft Office, Corel, etc, then you want to consider the option to increase Page File on Windows 8 | 7.

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Increase Page File size

In case you get such an error message, you may have to increase the size of your virtual memory or page file or paging file – although for most uses, leaving the Page File size at its default value should be good enough.

To do so in Windows 7, follow these steps:

  • Right click on Computer and open Properties.
  • Select Advanced System Properties
  • Click Advanced tab
  • Under Performance, click Settings
  • Under Performance Options, click Advanced tab
  • Here under Virtual memory pane, select Change
  • Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
  • Highlight your system drive
  • Select Custom size
  • Change the Initial size value and the Maximum size value to a higher value
  • Click Set
  • Finally Click Apply/OK all the way.

Page File location

The page file or swap file is also known as Virtual memory, and is situated on your system drive; eg C:\pagefile.sys. In addition to physical memory or RAM, Windows and its applications use it as and when required.

Suggested reads:

  1. Page File size recommendations for Windows 7 | 8, 64-bit versions
  2. Hiberfil.sys, Pagefile.sys & the New Swapfile.sys file in Windows 8
  3. How to clear the Windows Page File at Shutdown
  4. MemInfo – A Real-time Memory & Page file Usage Monitor
  5. Disable, delete, recreate paging file in Windows 7 | 8
  6. How to defrag MFT, Page File, Registry, System Files in Windows.
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    Thanks for sharing this Tip.

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