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If your computer is running slower that what you'd like, the chances are it's the computer's memory or RAM that's is holding up the show.

An easy way to counter this without having to spend any money on buying a memory upgrade is to configure something called Virtual Memory.

It is an extra chunk of memory space that is saved on your computers hard drive known as a Paging File.

This paging file can be increased to raise your computers overall memory size and therefore speed.

Configuring virtual memory through Windows is very easy:

Note: You must be logged in as an administrator to complete these steps.

For Windows Vista, 7:
  1. Click on the Start button and enter Advanced System Settings in the search box and click on the View Advanced System Settings icon.
  2. You will find yourself on the Advanced tab of the System Properties Window. Under Performance click Settings.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab and then under Virtual Memory click Change.
  4. From there un-tick the box at the top next to Automatically Manage Paging Files Size and click on the Custom Size option.
  5. Enter the same value into the Initial Size and Max Size boxes bearing in mind that there are 1012 MB's in a GB.
  6. Enter a larger number than what is currently allocated, this is located at the bottom of the window and click OK.
For Windows 8:
  1. The process is exactly the same as above, the only difference being the location of the search option. If you hover over the bottom left hand corner of your screen you will be given some options. Search is at the top of these options.
  2. Initially the search will draw a blank but if you chose the Settings option the icon will appear.
For Windows XP:
  1. Click Start and then Control Panel.
  2. Open System in Control Panel.
  3. On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
  4. On the Advanced tab, under Virtual memory, click Change.
  5. Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.
  6. Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size, and type a new paging file size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.If you decrease the size of either the initial or maximum page file settings, you must restart your computer to see the effects of those changes. Increases typically do not require a restart.
  • To have Windows choose the best paging file size, click System managed size.
  • For best performance, do not set the initial size to less than the minimum recommended size under Total paging file size for all drives. The recommended size is equivalent to 1.5 times the amount of RAM on your system. Usually, you should leave the paging file at its recommended size, although you might increase its size if you routinely use programs that require a lot of memory.