When your PC is running slowly, you’ve got a long list of potential suspects. In the worst-case scenario, you’re dealing with hackers who have infiltrated your system. However, clutter is the more likely culprit.
Junk files will clog up your computer, taking up so much space that your whole PC slows down. Maybe you’ve got old programs running in the background. You could also have an overflowing downloads folder that needs to be cleaned out.
When it comes to performance, the problem could also lie within your Paging file, which is also known as your computer’s “virtual memory.” This little-known issue could be gobbling up your laptop’s RAM. That’s why we put together this helpful guide to adjust page files and speed up your PC!
So, what’s the deal with the Paging file?
The Paging file is an optional, hidden system file on your hard drive. Whenever your operating system needs this extra data, your PC searches the storage space and takes what it needs in same-size blocks called pages (hence the name “Paging file”).
Basically, it’s a memory management system that lets your computer store and retrieve data. It also helps applications communicate with one another. For example, if a service or application requests memory from your computer, the Paging file makes sure the database coughs it up.
Your Paging file is also helpful in case of system crashes. That’s because it has already collected data from your system.
Here’s the problem, though: Over time, it can swell with so much data that it clogs up your RAM and slows down your computer. Luckily, you can change your settings to cut down on junk and improve your PC’s performance.
A note before we get started: This tip is intended for computers with a solid-state drive. If you have a spinning hard drive, skip this one.
Adjust the Paging file
One way you can make sure you’re not taking too much space is to automate your settings. Want to make sure you’re managing your Paging file size? You can make sure your backup data isn’t taking up too much space.
Here’s how you can set this to automatic:
- Go to the Start Menu, then click Settings
- Type “performance“
- Click on Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows
- In the new window, navigate to the Advanced tab
- Under the Virtual memory section, click Change
- Enable Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
- Click OK to save these new settings.
Now, what if you want to customize the size of your Paging file? This is a great way to clear up your memory to your hard drive. You’ll have to follow a tricky series of steps to do this successfully.
If you opt to use custom, you should use double the size of your memory. If you have 8 GB of RAM, for instance, multiply it by 2 then by 1024 — equaling 16,384 for your page file in MB. Remember, you should only choose this option if you have a spinning hard disk drive and not an SSD. Otherwise, stick with automatic.
Here’s exactly what to do:
- Go to the Start Menu, then click on Settings and type the word performance.
- Click Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
- In the new window, navigate to the Advanced tab.
- Under the Virtual memory section, tap Change.
- Check out the box at the top. There, deselect the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option.
- Click on Custom size: and enter a size range. You can set an initial size and the maximum size in MB.
- Click the Set button.
- Tap the OK button to save your changes.
After this, you should reboot your system. That way, your PC can better process this update.
As you can tell, manually changing your Paging file settings takes time. You’ll have to follow a complex list of steps to make sure you do things the right way. Or, you could get some speedy help from a team of trained professionals.
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