When the working memory of a computer (RAM, or Random Access Memory) reaches its full capacity because of too many applications running, some of that memory is transferred over to the hard disk as virtual memory. This transfer helps in ensuring the quality of your computer’s performance. At certain times, though, you need to allocate the memory that goes into the hard disk for optimum computing experience. This is done by adjusting the virtual memory on your computer. To do this, just follow these steps.
To adjust virtual memory in Windows XP:
To adjust virtual memory in Windows Vista and Windows 7:
For short-term purposes, increasing the virtual memory allocation is beneficial. For the long term, you should upgrade your RAM to the maximum your PC can handle, for a quality multitasking computer experience.
Note that the rule of thumb is to set the virtual memory at twice your RAM. So if you’ve got two gigabytes of memory, set the virtual memory to four gigabytes.
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