How to Tweak Paging File for better Windows 11 or 10 Performance

Ways to Tweak Paging File for better Windows 10 or 11 Performance, its basics, and Virtual Memory Recommended Sizes.

Paging File

The basic recommendation given to every user to develop his Windows 10 computer blazingly fast is to optimize the paging file. In this article, we will help you with a few formularizations which you need when trying to tweak paging file. Also, we will share a light on the paging file settings.

In this post, we have illustrated How to Tweak Paging File for better Windows 11 or 10 Performance, its basic concepts furthermore customization methods.

Basics of Paging File in Windows 11 or 10

Another name of the paging file is Virtual memory. When the real storage aka the physical RAM of your PC gets repleted, Windows consumes space of your hard drive which is known as virtual memory. Let us explain this in a more simple way. Suppose you have a computer whose RAM is 2 GB and you have installed various applications that result in needing more than 2.0GB of memory. In this state what Windows does is that it consumes the computer’s 2 GB memory and then utilizes free space of hard drive. This is known as virtual memory or in other term paging file. Thus, depending on your active applications, Windows enlarges and contracts the paging file as needed. Hence, when your computer uses paging file the performance of your computer slows down. Never miss this article – How to Customize Paging File Size for Disk Drives in Windows 10.

Therefore, it is always advised to use a good quantity of real storage (RAM) because more storage means better performance of your computer. But, there is nothing to worry about if you have less RAM because you can tweak paging file in Windows 11 and 10. By tweaking the settings of the paging file, you can prevent Windows from being fragmented and thus keep Windows trouble free. Read the below steps to tweak paging file in Windows 10 or 11.

How to Tweak Paging File in Windows 11 or 10

  • Click on Search.
  • .Type advanced system settings.
  • Press Enter.
How to Tweak Paging File in Windows 11 or 10
  • On the System Properties wizard, go to the Performance section and click on Settings,
Advanced system settings performance settings
  • On ‘Performance Options’ window, click on Advanced tab.
  • From the ‘Virtual memory’ section, click on Change.
Paging File in Windows 11 or 10
  • Now, you can view a dialog box of the Virtual Memory containing¬†drive names and sizes. Generally, the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives is set by default. Uncheck this option.
Settings of Virtual Memory in windows 11 or 10

You need to keep certain points in your mind before you proceed to tweak paging file in Windows 11 or 10. In order to correctly set your paging file, you have to follow basic norms –

  • It is best suggested to create a paging file on variant partition rather than your boot partition. Boot partition is generally the drive containing the operating system, in most of the cases, it is the C drive. It is advised because Windows can then manage several I/O requests (Input/Output) more easily. To make it clearer, when the paging file is created in the boot partition, Windows have to execute disk reading and writing plea on both the paging file and system folder. So, when you move the paging file to a different partition, the competition between reading and writing petitions gets decreased.
  • But, when you take out the paging file from the boot partition, Windows becomes unable to create a dump file.
  • So, the perfect way is to set one paging file on the boot partition so that it will manage the wreck situations and another paging file on a different partition of a totally different hard drive. Now, in case you have one hard drive present on your computer, simply establish a paging file on another partition. In this way, Windows will use the paging file which is not accessed much.
  • Another interesting way is to set the paging file without any extra data on its own partition. It makes sure that Windows performance will improve and the paging file will not be shattered.
  • In order to lower the rupture of the paging file, set the same number to the initial size and maximum size. See the below screenshot. This makes it sure that the file can not either expand or shrink and hence will avoid fragmentation.
Set Custom Size of Virtual Memory to Tweak Paging File in windows 11 or 10

Windows Paging File size recommendation / Virtual Memory Recommended Size Windows 11 or 10

Paging File size depends on the size of Physical memory of a computer.  It can be lowest 1.5 times and highest 4 times of RAM. Suppose your PC has 1GB of Memory then Paging file size should start from initial 1.5 GB and finish up to Maximum 4GB. If you believe in precise calculation then see the following table

Physical Memory Paging File size / Virtual Memory
Minimum Maximum
1GB 1536MB 4096MB
2GB 3072MB 8192MB
3GB 4608MB 12288MB
4GB 6144MB 16384MB
5GB 7680MB 20480MB
6GB 9216MB 24576MB
7GB 10752MB 28672MB
8GB 12288MB 32768MB
9GB 13824MB 36864MB
10GB 15360MB 40960MB

We hope the information provided about Tweak Paging File in Windows 11 or 10 in this article will be quite helpful to you.

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About A Saujanya
A. Saujanya is a dedicated tech Enthusiast and digs out hidden Windows 11 & 10 tips.

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