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July 17, 2014

How to Increase Virtual Memory Size in Windows 8.1?

Virtual memory works by using hard disk space as temporary storage for data that would normally be saved in RAM. The computer searches memory unit for areas that have not been utilized recently and moves them onto the hard disk. This frees up memory space for new applications, and gives a feeling of “unlimited” RAM to the user.

Here is how to do it in Windows 8.1:

1. Right-click Computer icon and choose Properties from the bottom

2. From the System box, navigate to Advanced System Settings--->View Advanced tab

3. Click Settings displayed under Performance

4. In the Performance Options box, go to Advanced tab

5. Click Change button under Virtual memory

6. Clear Automatically manage paging file size for all drives

7. Choose the drive that contains the paging file you want to change

8. Enable Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box

9. Click Set, and then click OK to confirm your decision
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