How to modify virtual memory (paging file) in Windows 11

If you regularly encounter problems with virtual memory in Windows 11, it is advisable to modify the virtual memory.

For example, you may message that Windows 11 has low virtual memory. This notification is because Windows 11 manages the virtual memory itself. To make this message disappear, you can increase the virtual memory, among other things.

Virtual memory is better known as the “paging file” or “swap file”. It is a way for the computer to place “pages” that cannot be placed in RAM on the hard drive or SSD.

It is always faster to load pages from RAM than virtual memory (“paging file”). However, suppose you regularly receive that Windows 11 is low on virtual memory. In that case, it is best to add RAM memory to your computer. As a temporary solution, you can increase the virtual memory.

However, keep in mind that increasing the virtual memory may also slow down the computer. If the data does not fit in the RAM memory, it will be moved to the hard disk. Therefore, writing and reading data from the hard disk is always slower than from RAM memory.

It is not recommended to modify virtual memory if you don’t know what you are getting into. In that case, I would let Windows 11 manage virtual memory itself, as it is set by default.

If you know what you are about to do, you can adjust virtual memory in the following way.

How to modify or increase virtual memory in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start button. Click Settings on the menu. Then click system on the left and About at the very bottom.

Click on the “Advanced System Settings” link in the related links.

Advanced system settings

Click on the “Advanced” tab and then on “Settings” in the performance settings.

Performance Settings in Windows 11

To access the virtual memory settings, click on the “Advanced” tab and then the “Change” button in the “Virtual Memory” settings.

Change virtual memory settings in Windows 11

To customize virtual memory (“paging file”) or (“swap file”) yourself, first, disable the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” option.

Then click on the option “Custom size”. You can now enter the initial size in MB and the maximum size in MB for the virtual memory.

By default, virtual memory in Windows 11 is self-managed by the operating system.

Modify virtual memory paging file settings in Windows 11

You can also choose to have the virtual memory managed by the system or not set up a swap file. By the way, I don’t recommend disabling the swap file.

I hope this has succeeded in adjusting virtual memory in Windows 11. Thanks for reading!

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