So over the past few months I have been working more with media applications (graphics, video, etc). During this time I noticed my aging Dell Inspiron N7110 laptop was starting to lag as if I was out of memory.
Here are some of the upgrades applied after before upgrading my system to Windows 10 a while back…
These upgrades noticeably improved my system’s overall performance. I could not have been more pleased.
So I started digging around and noticed my memory usage was never showing more than 50% in Task Manager > Performance > Memory. For a while I thought it might be a memory leak in one of my programs. Until a few days ago, I was fine with this assumption. Then more memory-intensive media editing became a slow-motion nightmare!
After running MemTest+ (via bootable USB) and encountering no errors, I started researching the issue. Seems I was not the only one encountering this problem. Low and behold, it was caused by a system setting in Windows 10 the whole time.
Here are the steps I took to finally correct the problem…
- Run (see below): SystemPropertiesPerformance
- Right-click “Start” then click “Run”
- Search from the taskbar
- Advanced > Virtual memory > Change
- Uncheck: Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
- Confirm all changes and reboot PC
After rebooting, I opened all of my most memory-intensive applications, and multiple browsers/tabs. To my joy, memory was now going above 50% (cap before updating virtual memory performance settings). My apps were no longer slowing to a crawl. Even after opening everything I could imagine to bog down the system, my memory usage peak was around 60-70%. Perfect!
I hope this helped you. If so, please share on social media and/or buy me a cup of coffee 😁