How to Change the Size of Page File in Windows 7 & 8

Posted by Britt Duncan - November 6, 2014

What is Page File?

Page File is referred to a virtual memory in Windows system. No matter when your computer runs lows on the physically installed memory (RAM), it is able to create a hidden file named pagefile.sys and dump all the latest-used memory bits into that file. In this way, Windows can clear up the physical RAM and save more resources.

In fact, it is not difficult to change the size of the pagefile, but it is buried deeply inside Windows settings so as to avoid unwanted changed. If you are a computer novice, you can follow the steps below to change the size of pagefile.


1. Open the Control Panel and select System and Security.
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2. Click the Advanced system settings at the left pane when the dialog window opens.
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3. Click on the Settings button under the Performance section.
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4. On the Performance Options, move to the Advanced tab and then click the Change button under Virtual Memory.
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5. When the Virtual Memory dialog opens, uncheck the checkbox of Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. And select the paging file drive and check the customize size checkbox. Set the initial size and maximum size for your pagefile and click on the OK button to save the changes.
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