How to get Rid of Increased Virtual Memory  

  1. Posts : 68
    MS Win10 + Remnux Linux OS Dual Boot

    How to get Rid of Increased Virtual Memory

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    Yesterday its showing 2.7gb Virtual memory but today it increased to this much.
    How to get back 2.7 gb Virtual Memory to save space on my 120gb WD Green SSD.
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  2. Posts : 4,041
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Before I go into how to do this, let me dispel a possible misconception:

    Virtual memory is dynamic. This means that Windows will use more or less virtual memory on the fly as needed by the system. It also means that if you are running low on space, Windows will use less virtual memory, although, if you are running that low on space, you have other issues as well .

    In other words, by decreasing this size, you are really not saving the space that you think you are.

    It is recommended that you allow Windows to manage this space unless you have a really good reason to change it (rarely necessary).

    You can change the virtual memory settings like this:

    Manage Virtual Memory Pagefile in Windows 10

    Press Windows Key + R and type in the following:


    Press ENTER

    On the "Advanced" tab, click on "Settings" in the "Performance" section:

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    Click on Change

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    Last edited by Brink; 11 Jan 2020 at 15:12. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. Posts : 29,641
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    As hsehestedt says, "It is recommended that you allow Windows to manage this space...".

    However, I've noticed that Windows will increase the size when needed, but not reduce it again later. If so, I change first to no paging file, restart, then set it back to 'Windows managed'. This reduces the size of the paging file, while still allowing Windows to increase it if required.
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  4. Posts : 40,859
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    For increasing free space see this tutorial:

    Free Up Drive Space in Windows 10

    If Virtual memory is regularly increasing to high relative numbers and there are no performance problems then little needs to be done.
    If there are performance problems then check the computer's manual for the maximum amount of RAM.
    Increasing the RAM could increase performance and decrease the use of the paging file.
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  5. Posts : 1,254
    Windows 10 Pro

    The large pagefile isn't the problem, it is just a symptom.
    The real problem I believe is a large and growing commit charge. A screenshot of Task Manager- Performance tab showing memory info would clarify this.

    The only reason why Windows will expand the pagefile is to accommodate the commit charge. The commit limit is RAM size + pagefile size, minus a small overhead. If the commit charge approaches the current commit limit the only way this can be accommodated is to expand the pagefile. Note that a large pagefile does not imply high usage. Most likely it is only a fraction of the total size. I believe the only system supplied utility that will show this is Performance Monitor.

    Windows will shrink the pagefile if the reason for expansion is removed - if this is possible. It often isn't. If the end of the expanded portion of the pagefile contains data then the pagefile cannot be shrunk. Windows will not rearrange the contents of the pagefile to enable it to shrink. A reboot will also restore the pagefile to it's initial size.
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