Virtual Memory is feature in the operating system world that provides the computer to make up for the scarcity of the space or so-called physical memory technically. It does so by by transferring some pages of data from the RAM to the HDD and thereby preventing issues like sudden slow down of machine, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to help to continue the smooth operation of the OS.
In the event of shortage of space, the OS will be required to extract the data that was moved to the HDD temporarily. To resolve this issue, the OS will be required to move the non-required pages to the hdd so that it gains up some space to bring back the pages which is required. This whole process is called as paging or swapping & the temporary space on the hard disk is called as the swap file or pagefile.
This memory operating system manages by itself only but at times you might be required to alter the memory allocated. It is always said to customize the virtual memory into a size which is within the permissible limit.
Steps to customize the virtual memory in Windows 10
1. Right click on Start button and click on Control Panel or else search in Start menu for Control Panel.
2. Go to System & Security Settings in control panel.
3. Click on the option System.
4. Click on the option Advanced System Settings from the panel present on the left hand side.
5. Go to the Performance Settings under the Advanced tab.
6. Inside the opened window, go to the Advanced tab and click on the change button available for Virtual Memory.
7. Uncheck the box “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”.
8. Under Drive column, click the required drive that has the paging file you want to alter.
9. Click on the Custom size radio button, assign a fresh entry in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.
That’s all folks for managing the Virtual Memory on your system. For more updates, keep following this space.