VIDEO: How To Optimize The Windows 8 Paging File

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Short Description:

This video covers how to modify the Windows 8 Paging File to optimal settings depending on how much memory your computer came with.  The paging file has become less relevant now that system memory has become less and less expensive, but this tip should yield positive results to users, especially those in low memory situations.

Step-By-Step Instructions:
  • Right Click On My Computer And Click Properties

  • Click Advanced System Settings Menu Option

  • Click The Advanced Tab.

  • In The Performance Subsection, Click Settings…

  • In The Performance Options Section, Click The Advanced Tab Again.

  • Scroll Down To The Virtual Memory Section And Click Change.

  • Uncheck The Box To Automatically Manage Paging File Size For All Drives.

  • Click The Custom Size Radio Button

  • Initial Size (MB): Enter The Recommended Value From The Total Paging File Size For All Drives

  • Maximum Size (MB): Enter The Same Recommended Value From The Total Paging File Size For All Drives

  • Click The Set Button.

  • Reboot Your Computer.

Closed Captions:

Optimizing the paging file has been used as a windows optimization technique for quite some time and basically what it is is you’re optimizing the way windows handles your memory in low memory situations if you have a Windows 8 computer i recommend a minimum of four gigabytes of memory same with windows seven if you have Windows XP i always recommend to and if you have anything earlier than that i’m surprised you’re watching this video anyways to optimize your paging file just right click on computer on your desktop and select properties once it comes up you’re going to see my embarrassing windows experience index go ahead and ignore that because i’m running in a virtual machine on the left-hand side choose advanced system settings and then you want to select the Advanced tab at the very top of the system properties window lastly you want to select settings underperformance we’re going to select advanced in the performance options window as well and then for virtual memory we want to select change this is we’re going to disable the automatic managing of paging file sizes and we’re going to manually configure it ourselves now what i recommend people usually do they look down here at the bottom you see where it actually shows minimum allowed recommend recommended and currently allocated if you have a recommended value here of two to eight gigs i usually recommend you use the recommended value if it’s above that go ahead and use it as well remember it won’t start using this space until you run out of system memory i’m going to select custom size here and i’m gonna type in my recommended 2047 and then you have to put that for the initial and the maximum once you’ve done both of those just select a set and then you got to select ok now if you have eight gigs of memory on your windows 7 or 8 operating system or more I actually recommend you just disable the paging file by selecting no paging file and then make sure again you select set and then you select ok now what you’ve done that we’re going to select ok and it will give you this nice little prompt that says the changes require you to restart and it’s like okay and then you’re going to select apply and then ok again and then ok again and then go ahead and restart that’s it