Computer Running Slow? Here Is How To Speed It Up (Windows XP & Vista)

By John Brown

Computer running slow? Starting to piss your off? Try tuning your virtual memory. See, your computer has a hard drive that it uses to store files like your computers operating system and your personal stuff. Then it has something called RAM which is space that it uses temporarily to open and work with files or programs. The problem happens when your computer runs out of space on your RAM to work with.

The name for this space on your hard drive is called a Paging File and is what you need to “tune” if you want to make your slow computer a bit faster. Your paging file is designed to be two different sizes that it moves in between: the Initial Size and the Maximum Size. Since these two sizes are constantly changing it causes your paging file to work inefficiently. All you have to do is to just make your paging file the same size and it will help you make your slow computer faster. Here’ what to do:

If you using Windows XP, click Start, right click My Computer and select Properties. Click on the Advanced tab and then under the section that says Performance, click on Settings. In this window, click on the Advanced tab and under Virtual Memory, click Change. Look under where it says “Drive [Volume Label]” and make sure that C: is selected (it should be highlighted blue). Now look under Page file size for selected drive and select Custom Size.

Under the area that says “Total page file size for all drives section”, remember the amount that says Recommended as that will be important. What ever number is recommended just type it into both boxes that say “Initial Size” and “Maximum Size”. Now click Set and then Ok. To finsih, just click Apply on the next window and then OK.

If you are using Windows Vista, click Start, click on Control Panel, on the left hand side make sure Classic View is selected and then double click on the System icon. On the left side of the window, click on the Advanced System Settings. Click on the Advanced tab and then under the section that says Performance, click on Settings. In this window, click on the Advanced tab and under Virtual Memory, click Change. Uncheck the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers”. Look under where it says “Drive [Volume Label]” and make sure that C: is selected (it should be highlighted blue). Now look under Page file size for selected drive and select Custom Size. Where it says “Total page file size for all drives section” look at the amount that says Recommended. What ever number it says is recommended, type that into both boxes where it says Initial Size and Maximum Size. Click Set, then Ok and then on the next window click on Apply and then OK.

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