Adjust Windows' Performance and Memory Settings

This document shows users how to adjust their settings for optimum performance.

To ensure your computer is running as fast and efficiently as possible, you can adjust windows to run on the most effective settings.

1. To begin, click on the start tab. Then right click "my computer" or your computer's name. Select "properties" from the drop down menu.

2. This will bring the properties window up. Navigate to the left hand side of the window and click the "Advanced System Settings" link.

3. The advanced tab will already be selected. Under the Performance section, click the Settings button.

4. In the settings menu, there will be a couple of different options. The one you most likely will already be selected on is "Let Windows choose what is best for my computer." Change this by clicking the radio button next to "Adjust for best performance" which will uncheck all the boxes below. For convenience, we suggest re-checking the last four boxes on the list.

5. To adjust the amount of Virtual Memory your computer is allowed, click the "Advanced" in the Performance Options window. Under the Virtual Memory section, click the "Change" tab,

6. The top box reading "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" will already be selected. Uncheck this box to allow other changes to be made. Select the Custom Size radio button and fill in how much virtual memory space you would like to allow your computer. 


Note: In order for the new Virtual Memory settings to take place, your computer will need to restart.

Keywords:performance, settings, adjust, fast, windows, virtual, memory   Doc ID:43977
Owner:Eric B.Group:UW-Extension and Colleges
Created:2014-10-13 10:17 CDTUpdated:2014-10-23 10:31 CDT
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