Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetOther - Computers · 1 decade ago


will having more vitrual memory make my computer faster

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It will definitely not make your computer run faster. What it may do is enable your computer to run more programs at the same time. If you have not had "out of memory" errors, then you do not need more virtual memory.

    Programs store information in memory when it is trasient data (that is, it doesn't need to be saved to disk yet, or it is being used for working purposes, for example, the graphics for a toolbar that your program uses is probably residing in memory). Sometimes a computer will not have enough memory for all the programs that need to use it, so windows will fake-out the programs and make them think they are storing things in memory, when in fact they are actually being stored on a hard disk. This is what virtual memory is. It is the overflow from your physical memory.

    There are ways to improve the speed of virtual memory, but you likely don't need more of it (the operating system usually desides how much you need on its own and that's how much is used). To improve the speed of your virtual memory, you can have it reside on a second hard disk (as opposed to your primary hard disk that your operating system is stored on). You can also upgrade your primary hard drive to a faster one. You could do both to increase the overall performance of your system.

    Having more real (non-virtual) memory (which is faster than hard disk storage) in your system will increase its speed because it means it can use less virtual memory (which is slow).

    If someone offers to sell you virtual memory, please don't buy it. Virtual memory isn't something physical that you can buy.

  • You can try a few things to speed up your pc

    Go to Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Program and delete ones that you are not using or need

    Go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Defrag your computer>Then Run the Disc Clean-up

    At the top of this screen go to Tools>Internet Options>Delete Cookies,Files and History

    You could buy more RAM.

    Go to and download a anti-virus program/spyware protection as well. There are programs on there to clean your Pc up.

    You could change your virtual memory, it may help but removing things on your pc will free up space and that will speed things up.

    Re-boot your Pc after all of this

    If you need to talk to a tech go to and click on contact us then on chat

    Good luck and hope it goes faster for you

    Source(s): *ButterFlyAngel*
  • 1 decade ago

    I feel a clean computer is key to a fast computer. Lets do some maintence on your system to see if we can make it faster.

    Run the 3 scans below.

    Update and run your Anti-Virus program. Don't have one? You can run a free online scan from Trendmicro. When I have tested it it takes some time to run it but it may be time well spent if it can fix any problems.

    Download and run

    Download, update and run Spybot--- . Don't forget to use the Immunize feature.

    Download, update and run Adaware---

    Now lets clean up your registry.

    Download RegScrubXP--

    Safely cleans junk out of the Windows 2000/XP system registry. All changes made to the registry are fully restorable to it's original condition. You can make an exclusion list of registry entries that RegScrubXP will not display as problems. You can sift through a list of file extensions, company names, run upon startup programs, Internet Explorer history, and uninstall programs to delete what you think is junk.

    Download CleanUp---

    Free disk space, make your computer run better/faster and protect your privacy - all in one easy solution. All for free!

    Now lets clean up your disk.

    Do a Disk Cleanup and Disk Defrag. You can find both of them by following the path below.

    Start>all programs>accessories>system tools>Disk Cleanup. Let it do its thing. You can check every box that has something to delete.

    Now follow the same path and do a Disk Defrag. Again just let it do its thing.

    Now lets tweak your connection. There are many programs out there to do this. I will give you 2 of them.

    The first one is TCP Optimizer.

    Description: The TCP Optimizer is a free, easy Windows program that provides an intuitive interface for tuning and optimizing your Internet connection. There is no installation required, just download and run.

    You can get support for the best way to set it up right from their forum

    The second one is Cablenut.

    Windows XP tested and approved

    CableNut is a tool for optimizing your Internet Connection. We have provided a way to tweak any option you may want to in the adjuster. You can load "CableNut Custom Setting" files that are included with the program to tweak your Internet connection.

    Again support is available right from their forum.

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