I bought a new system with 4 GB of RAM. I don't know how do I check how much swap memory I have allocated. I know that we can increase RAM physically. I want to increase swap memory on windows. How can I increase swap memory? Is that possible?

  • Why is this tagged with windows-7 and windows-8? Are you running both operating systems? – ChrisInEdmonton Aug 6 '14 at 15:51
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    microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/… It's similar for other versions of Windows. – ChrisInEdmonton Aug 6 '14 at 15:52
  • no previously i worked with windows-7 , now i moved to windows-8. I want to know on both. thats why i tagged – Ramkee Aug 6 '14 at 15:53
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    The process to increase your virutal memory has not been changed in 14 years since the release of Windows XP. This seems like a question that could have been researched a great deal more before asking it. – Ramhound Aug 6 '14 at 16:09
  • FWIW, I find it hard to dig up a dupe. – Louis Waweru Aug 6 '14 at 16:35

Taken directly from the documentation, which is the first Google result for "windows change swap space":

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

  2. In the left pane, click Advanced system settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

  5. Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

  6. Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

  7. Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.

See also http://www.thewindowsclub.com/increase-page-file-size-virtual-memory-windows.

This applies to Windows 7, 8, and all earlier versions back to at least XP. The procedure hasn't changed in over a decade.

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  • @ThatBrazilianGuy This procedure is for Windows 8 as well. – Jason C Aug 6 '14 at 19:04

First of all, newer versions of Windows use mainly page file not swap file.

To check your current pagefile:

Win+R (Run...) -> sysdm.cpl -> Advanced -> performance -> settings -> Advanced -> Change -> custom size -> set

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Its true, the process of all Windows when it comes to changing the virtual or paging file remains almost the same. You need to access your computer, control panel and follow procedures as shown in this way

Procedures : Windows 8

  1. Power on your machine and open all programs.

  2. Go to Control panel and then systems and security.

  3. Go to system and then to advanced system setting.

  4. Open properties, advanced and then settings.

  5. Click change, paging file settings and follow prompts.

Procedures : Others

  1. Go to advanced, settings and performance.

  2. Advanced, virtual memory and then Change.

  3. Click the drive you want to change, go to Paging file size for selected drive and add the new size of your choice.

based on this link

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    Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Cfinley Aug 6 '14 at 16:25

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