How to Configure Memory Settings on a Computer

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The memory that is installed on a computer helps determine its performance (how fast or slow its processing speed is). Therefore, making sure your computer is equipped for maximum performance is essential for a fast-operating computer that executes tasks quickly. Sometimes, if multiple tasks are running and consuming a lot of your computer’s memory, your manufacturer pre-settings might not be very satisfactory. Not to worry, however, because you can configure a computer’s memory settings to the most optimum level for your computing needs.

Step 1

Click the “My Computer” icon located on your desktop, and then select “Properties” from the drop-down menu that appears.

Step 2

Click the “Advanced” tab, which is located inside the “System Properties” window that appears upon clicking “Properties.”

Step 3

Click “Settings,” which is located in the “Performance” section of the “Advanced” tab.

Step 4

Click “Advanced” within the “Performance Options” window that appears upon clicking “Settings.”  

Step 5

Click “Change,” which is located within the “Virtual Memory” section of the “Advanced” tab located in the “Performance Options” window.

Step 6

Click on “System Managed Size” to set the memory settings recommended for your computer by your manufacturer, or configure your own memory settings by clicking on “Custom.”


To configure the memory settings to the values recommended by Microsoft, multiply your RAM by 1.5 to determine what the minimum spec should be, and then multiply that figure by 3 to determine what the maximum specification should be.


Be careful not to set the configuration of your computer’s memory settings too high or too low, for each end can reduce the performance.


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