How to increase the paging file in Windows 7, Windows 10 and Windows 11

 

How to increase the paging file in Windows 7, Windows 10 and Windows 11

Increasing the paging file size is one of the easiest ways to improve your computer's performance. This step is especially useful on weak personal devices. In this guide, we will show you how to increase the paging file size on Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems.



What is the paging file for?

What is the paging file for?

The paging file is used to increase the size of the RAM. In case of its lack, the operating system first of all accesses the paging file on the hard disk to compensate for the missing space. This helps to avoid untimely filling of RAM and bypass all related problems. To do this, a special paging file is created in the "pagefile.sys" format, in which all the data that does not fit is stored.

In most cases, this has a positive effect on system performance and speeds up the operation of all programs on the computer. It is especially useful to increase the paging file size on personal computers, the RAM of which uses up to 4-8 GB. If you have 16 GB or more of RAM, the following steps are not required in most cases.


How to increase the paging file in Windows 7 and Windows 10

The instructions below outline all the steps you need to take to successfully grow the paging file in Windows. It should be noted that its size is set by default, and it is located on the same disk along with the data of this operating system. We do not recommend using the paging file on a Windows partition, so we recommend moving it to a different location. To increase the paging file, you need to follow several steps (the instructions for Windows 7 and Windows 10 differ only in the initial stage).

When using Windows 7, right-click on the "My Computer" shortcut and open "Properties". If there is no shortcut on the desktop, you can open the "Control Panel", go to the "System and Security" section and use the "System" item.

When using Windows 10, right-click on the "This PC" shortcut for Windows 10 and open "Properties". If there is no shortcut on the desktop, to go to the desired window, you must open "Options", enter "About Computer" in the search without quotes and click on the section that appears with the left mouse button.

Click on the button "Additional system parameters".

In the "Advanced" section, find the item "Performance" and click the "Options" button.

Open the "Advanced" tab and click "Change" in the "Virtual memory" item.

Uncheck the box "Automatically select the size of the paging file" if available.

Select from the list below the desired hard disk for installing the paging file (it is advisable to use the storage without operating system files) and activate the "Specify size" marker. Enter the minimum value in the "Initial size (MB)" and the maximum value in the "Maximum size (MB)". Save the result using the "Set" button and press "OK" to exit the menu. We reboot the computer to apply the changes.

For optimal device performance, the minimum paging file size must match the size of the RAM, and the maximum size is usually set to twice that size. For example, if you are using 4 GB in your computer, you must install a minimum of 4 GB and a maximum of 8 GB, as shown in the screenshot above. If more memory is available, it is recommended that you set the paging file size to your system choice.

You can also set the static size of the paging file. In this case, it cannot be fragmented, and therefore, under no circumstances will reduce the speed of Windows.


How to enable the paging file cleanup feature

When the computer is running, some data, if necessary, falls into the paging file. It is possible to avoid its full filling with the help of timely cleansing. To do this, it is enough to install the function of clearing the paging file before each shutdown of the computer. To do this, you will need to follow a few simple steps (the instructions below are simultaneously applicable for Windows 7 and Windows 10). This method works only for users of professional versions of Windows and higher, since in simpler operating system variations, for example, in Windows Home, there are no local policies.

Hold down the "Win + R" key combination to open the "Run" window and enter "secpol.msc" without quotes. Click the "OK" button to open the "Local Security Policy" window.

Expand the "Local Policies" folder on the left and open "Security Settings".

Find in the list the policy "Shutdown: clear the paging file of virtual memory" and click on it by double-clicking the left mouse button.

Put a marker next to the "Enabled" option and save the changes using the "Apply" button.

Now, before each shutdown of the computer, the operating system will automatically clear the paging file.


How to transfer the swap file

The process of transferring the paging file is similar to the above steps for enlarging it. In addition, in Windows, you can simultaneously create auxiliary storage for RAM on several hard drives. It should be noted that this will not improve the performance of your computer in any way, so it is not recommended to use multiple paging files at once. To transfer it, you need to do a few simple steps (the instructions for Windows 7 and Windows 10 differ only in the initial stage).

When using Windows 7, right-click on the "My Computer" shortcut and open "Properties". If there is no shortcut on the desktop, open the "Control Panel", go to the "System and Security" section and use the "System" item.

When using Windows 10, right-click on the "This PC" shortcut for Windows 10 and open "Properties". If there is no shortcut on the desktop, to go to the desired window, you must open "Options", enter "About Computer" in the search without quotes and click on the section that appears with the left mouse button.

Click on the button "Additional system parameters".

In the "Advanced" section, find the item "Performance" and click the "Options" button.

Open the "Advanced" tab and click "Change" in the "Virtual memory" item.

Uncheck the box "Automatically select the size of the paging file" if available.

Select the used disk with the paging file from the list, apply the "No paging file" marker and save the action using the "Set" button.

We select a disk different from the previous one and set all the necessary values, as in the instructions above.

Press the "Set" and "OK" buttons alternately to save the changes.


How to increase the paging file in Windows 11

The process for growing the paging file in Windows 11 is not very different from previous operating systems. The instructions below indicate all the steps to increase it. To get started, open the "Settings" Windows using the combination "Win + I" and go to the "System" section.

Go to the very bottom of the menu on the left and press the button "About" (About). Scroll down the window that opens and use the "Advanced system settings" item to move on.

Follow the "Advanced" tab and in the "Performance" section click on "Settings".

In the new window, also go to the "Advanced" section and use the "Change" button to enter the "Virtual Memory" window.

Uncheck the box "Automatically select the size of the paging file" and set the marker "Specify size" (Custom size). We enter all the data according to the indicated principle in the section "How to increase the paging file in Windows 7 and Windows 10".

If you have powerful hardware, it is not necessary to manually set the paging file size, so it is enough to leave all settings in automatic mode.

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