How to get more RAM for free on windows 7

What is a Paging File ?

When your RAM fills up in Windows / Unix system, Page file acts as a backup storage for the extra stuff that may be moved from RAM to the Page file and retrieved when needed.

So basically in Windows 7, when your RAM fills up a image of selective processes / data stored in RAM are transferred to Page File for future retrieval. This can help in situations where a demanding App shows up eating up the RAM and crash can be avoided.


How to create / set paging file?

In most Windows systems including Windows 7, the paging file size can be set as per user’s necessity. Step by step guide to set paging file size:

  • Go to My Computer
  • Right Click >> Properties in My Computer window
  • Select Advanced System Settings from left pane
  • Select Advanced tab
  • Go to Performance >> Settings
  • Go to Advanced
  • Virtual Memory block will be seem. Click Change and set the paging file size.

If you had any difficulty following the flow, take a look at the video tutorial above and follow the instructions.

Things to consider before setting page file size in Windows / Unix  :

  • Take a look at the amount of RAM that is being used up on an average. If the amount is less than 50% of the total size, you might as well keep the size of paging file as default. Take a look here:
    To know how much of your RAM is being used, you can use Windows Task manager.
  • Some Linux and Windows systems use page file for storing hibernate data. So if you are a Windows 7 user, paging file can be handy.
  • The size of page file should be kept less than double the size of RAM. So if the size of your RAM is 2 GB page file size should be optimally kept lesser than 4 GB at max. Any size higher than this will be unnecessary.

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