Know how virtual memory influences in the performance of your PC with Windows 8 It will help you avoid slowing down processes every time you request information from your computer.
For this it will be necessary that you continue reading the following paragraphs. This is because We will explain in detail the impact of the VM on the stability of the PC and how the user experience is affected.
We will also teach you to increase the size that virtual memory brings and we will give you the best tips to keep in mind to optimize W8 and make it go faster.
How does virtual memory affect the performance of my Windows 8 PC?
RAM memory is the physical space that stores volatile information to be used by the operating system and the programs in use and in this way improve the user experience. But you must not forget that to optimize the performance of your computer it is necessary that within your Windows 8 computer you have the best and most optimal memory management (because of this, current computers bring more and more RAM capacity from the factory).
Assuming you don’t have a large RAM storage and you want to play online with very high image quality, you are going to need the W8 to respond to your demands. This means that once the RAM is full the OS creates a paging file in the root of it, called pagefile.sys. This element stores all the information that cannot be stored in RAM, because it is full due to the use of open programs.
Virtual memory is the pagefile.sys file in which data that are necessary for the work of the PC are saved so that the computer does not become unstable, but in return for this, the slowdown of internal processes increases. As a result, computer performance is greatly affected by virtual memory.
From all that we can say that, every time you interact with your PC and open programs, the RAM stores information so you can use it as quickly as possible through the processor. Once this memory is filled, activates the OS virtual memory management technique and that complies (to a certain extent) with the user’s requirements, decreasing PC performance so that all the tasks requested by the operator can be carried out.
Learn step by step how to increase the default size of Windows 8 virtual memory
It is recommended that for increase virtual memory size Windows 8 keep in mind the RAM. That is to say, you are going to have to generate a VM between 1 to 3 times the capacity of the main memory. In this way you will work optimally without affecting the performance of the operating system.
So that you can increase the default size that your computer brings with W8, you need to follow these steps:
- Head to the bar Charm located on the right side of the screen. For this you will have to pass the pointer over that sector until you can see the menu. Choose the option Setting represented by an icon of a gear. There you can do it too pressing the Windows key and without releasing it press X.
- Then, you will have to choose the option System and then you must click on Advanced system settings.
- It will open a window called System properties, in which you will have to go to the tab Advanced Options.
- Press on the button Setting, inside the field performance.
- This will open a new window with the name Performance options.
- click in the tab Advanced Options and choose the option Change.
- Uncheck the box Automatically manage paging file size for all drives and head to the field Paging file size for each drive.
- Select disk that you want to modify and then check the box Custom size.
- Then, you must write the fields Initial size (MB) Y Final size (MB). This is where you will consider the RAM memory you have installed and write the size of the RAM expressed in MB in the first parameter. Then you are going to have to multiply that number by 3 and add it in the second field. For example, if you have 4000 MB RAM, you would type in Initial size (MB) 4000 and Final size (MB) 12000.
- When you’re done click on Establish and then on To accept.
Tips to optimize your Windows 8 and make it go faster
In addition to modify Windows 8 virtual memory size to improve the performance of the PC it is necessary to take into account other aspects to make your computer work much faster.
We will show you below the best tips that you should consider when optimizing your OS:
Close programs you don’t use
If you want RAM does not fill up quickly, you must close all the programs and applications that you have open and are not using it continuously. This will help you free up space on your storage drive and prevent virtual memory from being activated, which slows down your computer.
Turn off all animations
It is recommended for your computer Windows 8 go faster disable animations you have, for this you must enter the menu Setting and select the tool System. This should go to the option Edit system environment variables. Once you are in this window you will have to choose the tab Advanced Options and click on the button Configuration within the Performance item. Next, you will have to choose Visual effects and then uncheck the ones you want.
Remove Live Tiles from Home
Live Tiles are the tiles that appear on the home button and that, unfortunately, slows down the performance of Windows 8. To be able to see more quickly all the options of the applications that you have installed and organized by categories it will be necessary that you go to the function that is below the home screen of the tiles and deactivate the same.
Defragment your hard drive frequently
When you save the data on the hard drive these are stored in any space that is empty in the drive, so the processor takes longer to find the data because it must go through those spaces that are empty until it finds the requested files. Hard disk defragmentation is nothing more than grouping all the information and compacting it so that there are no useless spaces between the data. In this way the delivery of the information runs much faster.
Disable some operating system services
Services are small programs found in different parts of the OS and they work with the reference application or independently. These components, if they are not being used they run in the background and cause Windows 8 to work slower.
For sort out this inconvenience you will have to use the tool Run, you can do this by pressing the keys at the same time Windows + R and then writing
services.msc. Next, you will have to go to the tab Task Manager Services and click Open services. This will allow you to see a list with all the open operating system services, read the description of each one and disable it manually by clicking on the button To disable.
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