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Hi Juliet_34tx,

1) right click on "My Computer"
2) click on "Advance" tab
3) click on Performance settings
4) click on "Advance" tab
5) in the bottom (Virtual memory) box click on "Change" button.
6) click on the radio button for "Custom size" and make the adjustment.

Note: A good rule of thumb ;

Initial size = 1.5 times your primary memory.
Maximum size = about 3 times your primary memory.

or you can use what your system recommends.

Good luck

Posted on Sep 03, 2008

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  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
  2. In the left pane, expand My Computer, and then click the drive that contains the paging file. Typically, this is the system drive unless you specified otherwise during Windows Setup.

    NOTE: The paging file (the Pagefile.sys file) is a hidden operating system file. To view these files:
  3. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  4. Click the View tab.
  5. Click to clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. (Note that you may want to select this check box again when you finish this procedure to help protect the system files.)
  6. Click Yes when you are prompted to verify the change, and then click OK.
  7. On the File menu, click Properties. Click the Security tab to view the current permissions.
  8. Click Add, click System, and then click Add.
  9. Click Administrators, click Add, and then click OK. Note that you must click Administrators, not Administrator.
  10. Click System, and then click to select the Full Control check box. This automatically selects the other check boxes.
  11. Click Administrators, and then click to select the Full Control check box. This automatically selects the other check boxes.
  12. Click OK.
  13. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
  14. On the Advanced tab, click Performance Options.
  15. In the Virtual Memory section, note the Total paging file size for all drives value, and then click Change.
  16. Click the drive that contains the paging file. The System and Administrator accounts now have Full Control permissions on this drive so that you can make changes.
  17. In the Initial Size and Maximum Size boxes, type the size for the paging file, and then click Set. For additional information about the proper size for paging files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 197379 ( ) Configuring page files for optimization and recovery in Windows Server 2003, in Windows 2000, and in Windows NT
  18. Make sure that the Maximum Registry Size value is at least two times the size of the current registry size.
  19. Click OK.
  20. Quit any running programs, and then restart the computer

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To stop your CPU from constantly changing the paging file, set the initial and maximum size to the same value. For example, 500 and 500. The value should be at least 1.5 times more than your physical RAM. If your computer has 512MB of RAM increase the virtual memory paging file to 1.5*512= 768

on Jun 11, 2010 | PC Desktops


How to adjust the page file size in Windows XP

The page file is an area of your hard drive that the system uses as "extra" RAM. Adjusting the page file size in Windows XP is easy -- just follow these steps:

Right click on My Computer (either from the Start menu or from the desktop) and choose Properties. Go to the Advanced tab and click the Settings button under Performance. In the Performance Options window, go to the Advanced tab and at the bottom, under the "Virtual memory" heading, click the button labeled Change.

The Virtual Memory window will open, showing current details about your page file. To adjust the page file size, click the radio button next to "Custom size" (if it's not already selected) and change the initial size and maximum size. (You can make these two the same number.) A good rule of thumb is to make the page file about one and a half times as large as the amount of RAM your system has. So if you have 1 GB of RAM, you could make your page file 1.5 GB. But this is just a recommendation; you can make the page file as large as you want (as long as you have the hard drive space for it).

If your hard drive is slow or you have a ridiculous amount of RAM, you can also try disabling the page file to speed up your system. To turn off the page file, select "No paging file." If your computer becomes unstable or does not run as well as you expected it to, you can always go back in and turn it back on.

Once you've made the changes to your page file that you wanted to make, click the Set button, click OK to close the current window, and then in the Performance Options window click Apply. (You may have to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.)

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  • Click on ‘Control Panel’’
  • Depending on your setting, you’ll see one of two Control Panel views, Category and Classic. Category View will have four Categories to choose from, Classic View will just show a bunch of icons.
  • In the Category View click on ‘Performance and Maintenance’ then select ‘’System’.
  • In the Classic View, just select ‘System’.
  • In the System window, click on the ‘Advanced’ tab at the top.
  • The first option in the Advanced screen is ‘Performance’. Click on the ‘Settings’ button.
  • Click on the middle tab called ‘Advanced’
  • At the bottom of that window you’ll see Virtual Memory. In that area you’ll see what your computer’s VM is set to. Just below it, click the ‘Change’ button.
  • Here, you’ll see your drives at the top, as well as the size of the Paging File. Below that are three buttons. Custom Size, System Managed Size and No Paging File.
  • If you want the easiest solution to a low VM issue, select ‘System Managed Size’, and click the ‘Set’ button in the right of it. Windows will change the size of the Paging File to what it feels is best to prevent RAM issues. If you’re a tweaker who wants more control over your computer, you can also select Custom size, and enter 2.5 times you actual RAM size. If you had 128MB, you’d type in 320 for both the Initial Size and the Maximum size. Again Click the ‘Set’ button to save the change.
  • If you are making these changes to perform a clean defragmentation of your computer, select No Paging File and click the ‘Set’ button.
  • Regardless of which option you chose, click OK and your computer will tell you that the computer needs to restart to make the changes.
  • Before closing the System Properties window, click Apply to make your changes stick, then Ok. Now you can restart your computer.
  • After you computer has restarted, your new VM settings will be active, just don’t forget to turn VM back on when you are done defragmenting.
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  1. Right-click My Computer , and than click Properties
  2. Within System Properties menu box, click Advanced
  3. Click Performance Options . Within this pane (Virtual Memory), click Change to increase the paging file. Take special note that your Windows 2000 minimal value requires at least 126 MB for debugging.
  4. After you change (increase) the setting, click Set, and than click OK to the following message you will receive;
  5. The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect.
  6. Click OK to close the Performance Options menu, and than click OK to close the Systems Properties menu.
  7. When prompted to restart your computer, simply respond to Yes
Re-Setting Windows XP virtual page file sizes
  1. Click Start , right click My Computer, and than click Properties
  2. In the System Properties menu box, click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Performance menu, click Settings
  4. In the Performance Options menu, click upon the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Virtual Memory menu, click Change
  6. Change the Initial and Maximum Value Sizes to a higher value, click Set and than click OK
  7. Click OK to close Performance Options menu, and finally OK to close the Systems Properties menu
Re-Setting Windows Vista virtual page file sizes .
  1. Click on the Start button, click Control Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then click System
  2. In the left pane, click Advanced system settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. On the Advanced menu, under Performance, click Settings
  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory menu, click Change
  5. Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.
  6. Under Drive [Volume Label] , click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.
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There is a fix directly from Microsoft that will fix your problem:

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