How to Allow Windows to Manage Page file Size in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to allow Windows to manage the system page file size automatically when using Windows 11. The paging file is an area on your hard disk that Windows uses like memory. To improve system performance, you should allow Windows to automatically manage the page file size.

There are many reasons why a Windows computer can run slowly. There might be system update issues, starting up many programs when Windows boots, system drivers issues and many more.

One area that can also improve Windows system performance is to allow Windows to automatically manage its page file size. By default, this is the case. However, if you previously turn on manual page file size and experiencing slowness, changing to automatic page file size should help improve performance.

Below is how to allow Windows to manage your page file size.

How to enable automatic page file size in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows automatically manage the system page file size based on many factors, including the size of the disk, speed and other resources on the device.

If you previously switched to manual page file size, switching back to automatic page file size will help improve your system performance.

Below is how to switch to automatic page file size in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, then on the right pane, and select the About tile to expand it.

windows 11 about

On the About settings pane, click on Advanced system settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 advanced system settings

That will open the Advanced system settings windows. In System Properties, select the Advanced tab, then select Settings in the Performance area.

windows 11 advanced system settings performance

In Performance Options, select the Advanced tab, then select Change in the Virtual memory area.

windows 11 performance option change button

Make sure the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box is selected.

windows 11 virtual memory automatic page file

If it’s not, select it and then restart your PC by selecting the Start > Power  > Restart.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to allow Windows to manage the system page file when using Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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