How to Fix Low Virtual Memory

By Elvis Michael

A lack of virtual memory may cause computers and terminals to lose performance or freeze entirely, causing potential data loss or system corruption. As the available amount of Random Access Memory depletes, your system uses virtual memory to compensate. This effectively allows applications and resources to work more efficiently, preventing a potential decrease in overall performance. If your computer experiences virtual memory-related warnings, you can remedy the situation by adjusting the total amount the system reserves.

Step 1

Click the Start button, right-click “Computer” and select “Properties.”

Step 2

Click “Advanced System Settings” from the left pane. Provide administrative credentials or confirmation if the system requires it.

Step 3

Click “Settings” under the Performance field, then click “Advanced,” followed by “Change” under the Virtual Memory field.

Step 4

Toggle the check box labeled “Automatically Manage Paging File Size for all Drives.” As a result, the system apples the necessary amount of virtual memory to each unit. Otherwise, disable this check box and highlight the drive to which you wish to add more memory.

Step 5

Click the “Custom Size” radio button and input the desired amount of memory (in megabytes) into the Initial Size and Maximum Size fields. Click “Set” to apply the selected sizes.

Step 6

Click “OK” to exit the menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Preferably, input up to 1.5 times the total amount of RAM available on your computer. Click “Start | Control Panel | System and Security | System” to view the total amount of RAM available.