How to Allocate Virtual Memory

by Jackson Lewis

Virtual memory is used to make a computer program believe that it has a continuous resource of working memory available for its use to permit it to operate at a faster speed. Virtual memory enables the RAM of a computer to be used more efficiently and increase overall computing speed of the computer. It makes use of hard disk space to aid in creating the impression for programs that the computer has more RAM than is installed as well as redefining the computer's physical addressing methods to aid in the improvement of overall system performance.

Single left-click the computer icon on your computer's desktop and then right-click the icon and choose the Properties menu option.

Choose the "Advanced system settings" menu option and select the "Settings" menu option from the options on the screen.

Select the "Change" menu option to modify the size of the virtual memory paging file. Then, left-click the check box that is selected for Windows to manage the computer's virtual memory.

Enter the initial and maximum size for the virtual memory paging files in the text fields. Select the "Enter" button and then choose the "OK" button to finish modifying the computer's virtual memory.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.