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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Make Windows Faster, PC Maintenance | 0 comments

Windows running slow on your Vista PC? Increase performance by moving your paging file

If Windows is running slow on your PC and you have two or more hard drives you may wish to try this easy performance tweak to move your virtual memory files to another hard disk. Virtual memory files, known as paging files or swap files, are areas of disk space reserved by Windows for data that needs to be swapped in and out of memory as quickly as possible. To really see the benefits from this procedure, you will require two hard drives in your PC. Even if you only have one hard drive, but several partitions, you may find you get a small speed boost from following this tutorial. If you are not sure if your PC is suitable for this procedure the video below also shows you how you can find out.

Windows XP Users – If you surfed onto this page and you are a windows XP user, click here for the Windows XP version of this tutorial.

Windows 7, 8 and 10 Users – The procedure is exactly the same in your operating system with a couple of exceptions. Firstly, “Computer” has been renamed to “This PC” in Windows 8 and 10. Secondly, the Control Panel item has been renamed to “System and Security” from “System and Maintenance”. Windows 8 users will need to launch the Control Panel from the Start screen rather than the Start menu, of course.

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Additional notes

Hard Drives, or Partitions? If your computer has more than one hard drive installed in it, then this tweak is ideal, however, it is also possible to ‘partition’ a single hard drive into two or more drives. If you only have one hard drive, but your computer shows more than one drive when you select Computer, then this is how your computers hard drive has been configured/partitioned. If you only have one hard drive but several partitions, as described previously, you may still see a small speed increase by carrying out this tweak. However, users with two or more physical hard drives will notice a far bigger improvement than users with a single partitioned hard drive.

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