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Computer Running Slow? Here Is How To Speed It Up (Windows XP & Vista)

If you want to make your slow computer faster, then tuning your virtual memory would be a great place to start. You see, your hard drive is that place that your computer stores files like videos, picture etc… Your RAM on the other hand is the place that your computer’s programs work in. Its basically like a temporary working area. It’s a great system, but when your RAM gets full your computer has two choices: it can either tell you that you cannot open any more programs or it can find a new place to be used as the temporary working place. This is where virtual memory comes into play. Virutal memory is space on your computers hard drive that will be used the same way that your computer uses RAM

The name for this space on your hard drive is called a Paging File and is what you need to „tune“ if you want to make your slow computer a bit faster. Your paging file is designed to be two different sizes that it moves in between: the Initial Size and the Maximum Size. Since these two sizes are constantly changing it causes your paging file to work inefficiently. All you have to do is to just make your paging file the same size and it will help you make your slow computer faster. Here‘ what to do:

If you using Windows XP, click Start, right click My Computer and select Properties. Click on the Advanced tab and then under the section that says Performance, click on Settings. In this window, click on the Advanced tab and under Virtual Memory, click Change. Look under where it says „Drive [Volume Label]“ and make sure that C: is selected (it should be highlighted blue). Now look under Page file size for selected drive and select Custom Size.

Under the area that says „Total page file size for all drives section“, remember the amount that says Recommended as that will be important. What ever number is recommended just type it into both boxes that say „Initial Size“ and „Maximum Size“. Now click Set and then Ok. To finsih, just click Apply on the next window and then OK.

If you are a Windows Vista user, start off by clicking Start. Now click on the Control Panel icon and on the left hand side make sure Classic View is selected. Double click on the System icon and on the left side of the window, click on the Advanced System Settings. Select the Advanced tab in that window and then under the small section that is labeled Performance just click on Settings. A new window should appear so just click on the Advanced tab and under the irtual Memory section, click on Change. Now uncheck the „Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers“. Pay attention to the area that says „Drive [Volume Label]“ and make sure that C: is selected so that it is highlighted. Look under Page „file size for selected drive“ and click on Custom Size. Under the area that says „Total page file size for all drives section“ look at the amount that says Recommended. The number that it says should be recommended just type that into both boxes where it says Initial Size and Maximum Size. Now click on Set, then Ok. For the next window just select Apply and Ok also.

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