1. Open the Start Menu.
A) Right click on Computer and click Properties.OR
B) Go to step 3.
2. Open the Control Panel (Classic View).
A) Click on the System icon.3. Click on Advanced system settings. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: While your here, note how much Memory (RAM) you have installed under the System section.
4. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.
5. In the Advanced tab, click on the Settings button in the Performance section. (See screenshot below)6. Click on the Advanced tab. (See screenshot below)
7. Under Virtual memory, click on the Change button.8. To Turn Off Automatic Virtual Memory Management for All Drives -
A) Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box. (See left screenshot below step 9)9. To Turn On Automatic Virtual Memory Management for All Drives -
NOTE: This turns off automatic virtual memory management by Vista so you can manually change the drive and size to what you want instead.
B) Go to step 10.
A) Check the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box. (See right screenshot below)10. To Select a Drive to Add or Change the Paging File -
B) Click OK.
C) Go to step 15.
NOTE: By default, Vista uses the same drive letter that it is installed on. This system drive is usually the C: drive.
WARNING: If you have another drive listed and want to use it instead, then make sure it is as fast or faster than the drive Vista is installed on. Make sure you only use a separate hard drive, not another partition on the same hard drive as Vista is installed on. This will cause a decrease in performance if you do.
A) Click on a listed hard drive you want to change or add a paging file to for Vista to use. (See right sceenshot above)11. To Have a Custom Paging File Size for the Selected Drive -
NOTE: You would do this if you do not want to use the automatic system managed size by Vista.
A) Dot Custom size. (See screenshots below step 15)12. To Have a System Managed Paging File Size for the Selected Drive -
B) Type in a size for the Initial size in MB.
NOTE: This usually would be the amount of RAM installed on your computer plus 300 MB. (1 GB = 1024 MB)
C) Type in a size for the Maximum size in MB.
NOTE: This usually would be 2.5 to 3 times the amount of RAM installed on your computer.
D) Go to step 14.
NOTE: This will let Vista automatically manage the size of the paging file for this selected drive as needed.
A) Dot System managed size. (See screenshots below step 9)13. To Remove the Paging File from the Selected Drive -
B) Go to step 14.
WARNING: Make sure that you have at least one drive selected to have a paging file on. Otherwise your computer may slow down dramatically.
NOTE: You would usually only do this if you have more than one drive that you already added a paging file to from step 11 above.
A) Dot No paging file. (See screenshots below step 15)14. Click the Set button. (See left screenshot below)
NOTE: Repeat steps 10 to 14 if you would like to make more changes to the paging file, or add a paging file to another listed drive.
15. Click on OK. (See right screenshot below)16. If the Paging File Size was Decreased -
NOTE: If the paging file was decreased, the computer will need to be restarted before the changes can be applied. You will not see this if you increased the size.
A) Click OK. (See screenshot below)17. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7)
18. Click on OK. (See screen shot below step 5)
19. If the Paging File Size was Decreased -
NOTE: You will not see this if you increased the size.
A) Click Restart Now. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Be sure to save and close anything open first. This will restart the computer immediately.