How to increase Page File size or Virtual Memory in Windows 10

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 may want to consider the option to increase Page File on Windows. The steps are the same for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 7.

Increase Page File size on Windows 10

Increase Page File size on Windows 10

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 users, leaving the Page File size at its default value should be good enough.

To increase Page File size so in Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on This PC and open Properties.
  2. Select Advanced System Properties
  3. Click Advanced tab
  4. Under Performance, click Settings
  5. Under Performance Options, click Advanced tab
  6. Here, under Virtual memory, select Change
  7. Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
  8. Highlight your Windows system drive
  9. Select Custom size
  10. Change the Initial size value and the Maximum size value to a higher value
  11. Click Set
  12. 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; e.,g. 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 64-bit versions
  2. Hiberfil.sys, Pagefile.sys & the New Swapfile.sys file in Windows
  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
  6. How to defrag MFT, Page File, Registry, System Files in Windows.
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