How To Fix Windows 10 Slow Performance

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If you’ve been running the Windows 10 on your computer, even with the newest hardware, you might notice that the operating system seems to slow down or lag at times where menus open slowly or sporadic mouse and keyboard movement. The fixes below have had good reports of fixing Windows 10 slow performance.

While searching around for some tweaks, I came across a thread on the Microsoft Community forums and one suggestion was to change the settings for the Paging File to fix Windows 10 slow performance. By default, in all versions of Windows, it is set to allow the system to manage it.

How To Fix Windows 10 Slow Performance

If you’re noticing slow performance in Windows 10, try changing the Initial Size and Maximum Size to the Recommended File Size for both.

  • Click on Start and type “Performance” and click on “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” (as seen in the image above)
  • Go to the Advanced tab and click on Change in the Virtual Memory section.

windows 10 slow performance options

  • Now uncheck the option Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  • Select the C: drive where Windows 10 is installed and then choose Custom Size. If you have a 2nd hard drive, then disable the Page File on your C: drive and enable it on your 2nd drive and set that one to Custom Size. Then change Initial Size and Maximum Size to the Recommended Values by Windows which is in the Total Paging File Size For All Drives section.
  • NOTE: Your recommended value will be different than the image below, use whatever your’s shows

windows 10 slow page file

  • Now click Set and then hit OK to save the settings.
  • Reboot the computer for the changes to take effect and fix the Windows 10 slow performance.

Leave your feedback in the comments if this showed improvement for you or not.

If you experience worse performance, you can go back into this setting and change it back to System Managed Size

Video Walkthrough

Option 2: How To Fix Windows 10 Slow Performance

This tip is an oldie but goodie. These settings have been around since Windows XP, but you can still apply them to Windows 10. These will help visually speed things up in Windows 10, especially if you have an older video card or a machine with less RAM. You can read the article Tech Tip: Visually Speed Up Windows 8 (7/Vista/XP).


  • Search for your Control Panel
  • Click on System
  • Click on Advanced System Settings in the left column
  • Under the Advanced tab, click on Settings in the Performance box

I always uncheck the following:

  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Animations in the taskbar
  • Enable Peek (sometimes I leave this one on)
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
  • Fade out menu items after click
  • Slide open combo boxes

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  1. jess June 23, 2015 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Hi, Why my recommend size is only 1406mb, its use to be 3000mb+ on Window 8…

    • Robert Russell June 28, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      How much RAM does your computer have? It could be related to that and the way Windows 10 calculates its needs.

      • Samiullah September 24, 2015 at 7:46 am - Reply

        i have dell inspiron 15 3542 , RAM 4GB , HARD 500GB. i have windows 10 but now my laptop does not shutdown , mostly i have push the power button to shutdown . please guide me

        • Robert Russell September 24, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

          Does the shutdown process just hang and get stuck? If so, how long have you waited for it to complete. Sounds like you could have an app or service getting hung at shutdown.

        • Robert Russell September 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

          I just turned on the Forums for this site. Since your topic isn’t directly related to this article, please check out our Windows Forum and post your issue in there.

        • ravinder January 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

          Rollback your management drivers

        • santhosh November 24, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

          HI. I am using dell inspiron 15 3000 series 3542 ,RAM 4GB and 1TB hard disk and I am using windows 10 . if I am using my laptop for more than 2 hours and after 2 hours and I am shutdown it and my CD ROM is still working. this is how I know means, I click CD ROM its open after shutdown and fan still working .After a minute I cannot open it again. it can’t open.

          anyone give me solution pls

          send me the solution through my mail

          pls pls

      • Doris September 24, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

        oh stop it!!

      • Dennnn February 19, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

        Hi… Why HP 14 ac-101nx slow start up? And slow running on apps??

      • honey February 27, 2016 at 5:23 am - Reply

        Hello after i following ur instructions also my lap is slow plz let me knw best solution for speed up pc

        • Daniel June 1, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

          Try changing value to 5120 that seems to be the sweet spot for most computers worked for me when 2999 and 3500 weren’t working. Just make sure you have atleast 16 gigs of ram and alot of storage space.

    • Saad Sadiq July 10, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

      May be your video drivers or display drivers are not suitable matched Re-install it

      • moosani August 24, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

        where can i find video controller driver for windows 10?
        i have lenovo 300 N100
        please help

    • will July 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      that guy is not useing 10 these tips are useless

      • Robert Russell July 31, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

        Who’s not using Windows 10? The screenshots above were posted from the Technical Preview and the tips still apply to the RTM version. I’ve been running Windows 10 since the early Insider Previews.

  2. Domation July 2, 2015 at 4:49 am - Reply

    True!? Windows 10 is very slow!. This OS software is that very good.

    • Varun August 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      The boot is very slow but after enabling fast boot in the power options menu and disabling startup apps it has decreased the boot time by a lot!!!

      • jr August 9, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

        Im using the free upgrade and its very slow. I cant seem to find that fast boot u said

  3. Saad Sadiq July 10, 2015 at 6:51 am - Reply

    100 % proved…

    Mostly Speed is also Dependable on Video drivers for example if u have ATI Display Adapter or any other card, Windows 7,8 and 10 installs automatically Standard VGA Adapter Driver that defects the speed of Visual Memory and Virtual Memory Also … Re-install using compatible drivers of matching card specification or model number only …

  4. sage July 19, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    set to the value recommended by windows? where? what recommended value!?

    • Joe_Dirt July 31, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Now why would anyone expect someone who writes an article like this to ever bother to come back and reply (sarc).

      • Topsail August 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        See that fella Robert Russell replying to a bunch of posts? That’s the author of the article. Before you say the (sarc) was there, I know. It’s for those who don’t read who wrote the article.
        BTW, nice job Robert! Thank you!

    • Joe_Dirt July 31, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

      ..but, he does highlight the recommended size in the image he has. It’s on your virtual memory page – says “recommended.”

    • Robert Russell July 31, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

      If you look at the picture above, you’ll see where it shows the Windows recommended value. It varies on every computer based on specs and RAM. Take that value from the bottom section and type that into the box for Initial Size and Maximum Size. Click the Set button, then click OK and restart your computer.

      • Ben October 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        you should make this more clear. I wasn’t sure if recommended should be put in both boxes until I scrolled and read this comment, knowing someone would ask it as I was also not sure.

        • Ben October 25, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

          Appreciate the tip though, I’ll update you on how it works out. I found your article looking for a solution to file explorer being extremely slow since updating my work computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Super frustrating and wastes so much time. Hopefully this works. Do you have any recommendations for this issue?

    • Stephanie August 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      On the very bottom of that box, directly underneath the space where you type it in, it will say something like “current”
      “recommended” . And it shows what it is recommended to be.

      • Stan January 19, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

        It really works…just take your time and READ the steps.

    • ald January 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      yup.what reccomended value did they mean?

  5. Donna July 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Yes what is the recommended value?? Should I use what you have in the example?

    • Robert Russell July 31, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

      If you look at the picture above, you’ll see where it shows the Windows recommended value. It varies on every computer based on specs and RAM. Take that value from the bottom section and type that into the box for Initial Size and Maximum Size. Click the Set button, then click OK and restart your computer.

      • simon August 7, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

        Yes but prior before this task is the paging file size is “system managed” so the question is how do users find the right value for their pc

        • Robert Russell August 7, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

          Read the instructions and look at the screenshots. You’ll see a recommended size and you need to set that as the min and max.

          • simon August 18, 2015 at 10:51 pm

            Ok, I am obviously blind. I see it now, thanks

        • Robert Russell August 8, 2015 at 7:15 am - Reply

          When it is set to System Managed it will show you the recommended value in the bottom area like the picture above. Write that number down, then change the setting and type that number into the min and max values.

  6. Sang July 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    When i played game it was so slow on window 10

    • Robert Russell July 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      What kind of video card do you have? Make sure you find the latest drivers available for it…that can make a huge difference when gaming.

      • Sang August 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

        The name is League of legend.

        • Julian Grünfelder August 4, 2015 at 5:08 am - Reply

          He meant which Video Card not Game. Do you have
          GeForce or something different ?

        • Carl August 6, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

          Hey Sang, give this a shot. Try typing the word legend with a capital l as in L.

          If you are having trouble with this just hold down the Shift key and press the l key. Your results should look like this:


  7. Daniel July 31, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip. This took my windows 10 from borderline unusable to quite snappy!

    • Ken December 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Also greatly appreciative of the tip – it has restored my computer to its previous speed

  8. Gene Carr July 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Yes, windows 10 is VERY slow. I applied the fix above and presto. Snappy. 🙂

  9. Ulysses July 31, 2015 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Ahhh…what is this for??…i did try it…it improves the processing speed and what not but still the lagging part drives me nuts…like the startup…or even clicking the start menu for the first time…thanks

    • Robert Russell August 4, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

      This just helps general speed for me. Other factors would be your video card and processor. Another thing to check is how many programs you have starting up when your computer boots. Windows 10 does delayed startup for non-essential apps, which could cause a delay if you’re trying to open the start menu right away and apps are trying to start in the background.

  10. Margret August 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Just automaticly downloaded windows 10 on my new ASUS computer. The mouse is shaky, computer is slow and had to restart twice since this morning. What is going on?

  11. J.Brown August 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks! This was great! Had the lag, used this solution and it’s like night and day!

  12. Colin Low August 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Solved the issue on my computer. Thanks a bunch!

  13. Margret August 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Ok I will try your recommendation laterþ Another question; can I make all text larger, that is ALL websites show by default fex 120? Thanks for helping

    • Matt August 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Margret, what browser are you using? Internet Explorer or Google chrome or other?

    • Matt August 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Google Chrome:
      You can just enter chrome://settings/fonts into your browser and hit “Enter.” Now you can change all your font settings.

      Internet Explorer:
      Press the small gear on the top right corner of your browser, then click on the “Internet Options” button.
      On the General tab of the dialog window that pops up, look to the bottom of the popup window and select “Fonts.”
      Change your webpage and plain text fonts as desired.


      • Margret August 17, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

        Thanks a million. I am using chrome and I think this is working 🙂 Yesterday suddenly I got a mess. on my computer it wanted to update my mouse/touch pad. Ok – afterwards I restarted it and my touch pad is totally different. Steady and agreeable!

      • Kenneth_Mitchell August 17, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

        One other trick that works if you only need to enlarge the display for a single web page, and this trick appears to work on all browsers.

        Hold down the ALT key and press the numeric-keypad plus key, and this will increase the display size for everything on this page. ALT- will shrink all text on this web page.

  14. Nilgün August 2, 2015 at 3:44 am - Reply

    this way didn’t work for me. It is still very slow.

  15. Sang August 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    when i using the internet on window 10.
    It was slow.
    Please help me.
    thank you.

    • Carl August 6, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Correction: When I was using a web browser to peruse the internet on a system running Windows 10, I observed that the operating system was running slow. Any help would be welcome, thank you.


  16. Christina Z August 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    This adjustment took my Win10 from being unusable to right as rain. You are a god among nerds.

  17. Alan_Rudo August 4, 2015 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Made a world of difference on my dell xps studio i7 64 bit upgrading from Windows 7 pro, thank you!

  18. Kenneth_Mitchell August 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    I’ll echo Christina_Z’s comments. After upgrading from Win8.1 last night, I wondered if I’d need to roll it back, my PC was running so slowly. I adjusted the settings as you suggest, and it appears to be back to its normal perky self.


  19. loay akram August 5, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    thank you very much it works so good ^_^

  20. Ahmed Mirghani August 5, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Thank you, working fine now.

    • ariel.a September 15, 2015 at 1:38 am - Reply

      It worked. Thanks a lot !

  21. Claire August 6, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Made a big difference! Thank you!

  22. Cardwell August 6, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Exellent solution. I tried the usual defrag, clean up and Trojan search to no avail but this worked wonderfully. Thank you.

  23. Hugh August 6, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I just tried this fix and it worked for me. Thanks!

  24. robert ledesma August 8, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Just tried this fix. PC works a lot better. Thanks!

    • vietvu August 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      This video below will give you some idea thus:
      1. Adjust logical memory.
      2. Shutdown window smartscreen.
      3. Shutdown maintenance.
      4. Shutdown diagnotics.
      5. Check disk fragment.

  25. misakisama August 11, 2015 at 3:21 am - Reply

    thank you thank you, i was going insane and searched the web for a day, yours solved my problem!!!!!god bless you

  26. bkdocco1 August 12, 2015 at 5:42 am - Reply

    9 Tips optimize window 10 faster

    1. Speed up the startup of the desktop apps in
    2.Speed up menus in Window 10 and change the delay
    3. Disable Shadow and Animation Effects to Improve Performance
    4.Disable Unnecessary services to speed up Window 10.
    5. Check window startup entries
    6.Turn On Fast Startup
    7. Disable Unneeded Hardware
    8. Adjust Recycle Bin Size
    9. System restore

    • nadeem August 30, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

      I was very disappointed from my new lenovo as windows 10 was really running slow and I was thinking to switch to Mac, but after applying the tips in these videos really speed up my windows 10, thank you Russell

  27. Derek August 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a difference that made – thanks for the tip. Meantime Microsoft made the mistake of inviting me to report on my Windows 10 experience – they are now in no doubt about how i felt!

  28. Micahe August 13, 2015 at 5:20 am - Reply

    So far it looks like it’s helped on mine. Thanks

  29. Rled August 14, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

    I tried the fix above and it did speed up windows 10. HOWEVER several apps I has were not working Pantech pC Suite (P203) Nero, So I just went bacl to windows 7. I also used the performance deakl for it & man am I trucking now. Hope I am not forced into windows 10, as far as I am concerned it is a piece of $)*$@!!!!

  30. lisa August 17, 2015 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Thank You
    It helped
    Not 100% but SO MUCH BETTER
    The super slowness is SO FRUSTRATING
    Anything else I could try to reach at least 95%
    Thanks again

  31. valerie August 17, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I have changed performance settings as suggested. I wasn’t having a problem booting up but two websites i access often were very slow so maybe it was their sites not windows 10. One was banking the other a genealogy site. My pc although new not fast, a mid range laptop and download speeds very slow in France so I expect that, but seemed slowere since upgrade to 10. Anything else I can do?
    Satisfied with you advice by the way.

  32. Rled August 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Had my son install Linux. What a difference! I will NEVER go back to windows. Much faster and more reliable than windows!!!

    • Robert Russell August 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately that’s not a solution for everyone in a business environment. Even though you can run some apps in Linux, not everything is compatible.

  33. Sphin August 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Worked a treat thank you so much!

  34. Victor August 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Great fix! Thank you! I was getting extremely frustrated due to not understanding what was causing lag, because it’s certainly not my rig! This substantially reduced lag I was getting when opening multiple windows or the start menu.

    Intel Core i5-4690 3.50GHz
    8.00 GB RAM
    AMD R9 270X 4GB

  35. Teresa August 19, 2015 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Hi – I did what you said – last night and it went like a dream… came to computer tonight and it is worse… one question… where do you get the number from… I just copied the ones in you screenshot.. not a good idea probably.. but there was no other indication of where to find these numbers. When I into the process the little boxes (custom size) were blank. There was no instruction on where to find the numbers.

    Please help me… or I am going back to windows 8.0!!!! at least that worked for me!!!!

  36. Teresa August 19, 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Oh, I read some more – oops… I have now put the minimum numbers in but don’t know what the maximum would have been before I put the random numbers from the screen shot in.. eek – how will i know??

    • Robert Russell August 19, 2015 at 6:15 am - Reply

      I think if you set it back to System Managed, reboot, then go back into these settings you’ll be able to see the recommended size for your computer. Then you set that value as your min and max.

      • Teresa August 20, 2015 at 5:38 am - Reply

        Thanks I did that late last night – but did not comment here – it seems to have worked.. I had to to a repair on the internet port again tonight – had to do that once before.. it should not happen i would have thought – as was not connecting to the internet… sigh – all good now, hope it stays that way, thanks for your advice.

  37. jw August 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the info. I have followed your instructions and everything seems to have speeded up very well. My Windows 10 install was only 2 days old and the web was running like dial up. Maybe it would have sped up as the new system bedded it self in? maybe not?. I have a question for you that is bugging me. The Microsoft recommended low end of the page file is 16mb, this is very very small. Why? Is this set low for a reason? For example “Safe Mode” and if so are we playing with fire if we encounter “Safe Mode” problems in the future?

  38. Irtesam August 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Please add below to above points

    1. Run Disk cleanup
    2. Defragment drive

  39. Mustafa August 21, 2015 at 4:39 am - Reply

    “Set Initial Size and Max Size to the value recommended by windows”

    Where should we find recommended values ??

    • Teresa August 21, 2015 at 4:59 am - Reply

      Just below where you put them in the two blank boxes… took me a while to figure that one out too!!

  40. Farid August 23, 2015 at 4:02 am - Reply

    dear robert russell…i did what you adviced..and it worked on my is as previous working…thank you very much.but want ask one question from you.if windows teammake new updates and everything become to work good and faster must we make these changes back??must we check back “automatically manage paging file size for all drives”??thanks for good answers and advices

  41. Podoc August 23, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    You are a genius!!! I changed the settings for the Paging File to your numbers and I am back to my speed with Windows 8.1. Thanks!!!

  42. anne lumanas August 25, 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

    thank you for giving us this Possible fix! it really helped my new windows 10 to boost its performance.

    try this it will really help.

  43. Sharon August 27, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this fix. I tried it yesterday and my computer is now running as fast as it was on 7! I was so frustrated, because it was running soooo slow. Your fix did the trick!

  44. Allison Parks August 28, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

    This definitely improved my situation. It is now running Windows 10 as fast as it was the day it downloaded. Yesterday I couldn’t even get my start menu to pop up!! Thanks for creating this page, it really helped me out. I will share this on Facebook so others can get help!!

  45. Teresa Lynch August 28, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I’m still having a few probs… One is throwing me off the internet at times and having to restart to make things happen… Any thoughts? I have dine a disk clean, defrag and deleted history. My computer is an hp and only bought it earlier this year.

  46. Rikki August 31, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I’ve just done this and the change is fantastic, computer is working like new again. Thanks so much.

  47. Gurvir Singh September 2, 2015 at 4:45 am - Reply

    I have Hp laptop and its specs are

    2.2 GHz Intel Core i5-5200U with Intel HD Graphics 5500

    4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)

    Please help me with some setting as I have tried the above but I am not getting the real speed which I used to get on my Windows 7

  48. Teresa Lynch September 2, 2015 at 4:49 am - Reply

    Hi, I also (got some tips from an old computer guy) turned all my settings off so that the only time my computer turns off now is when I do it – it does not go to sleep and stuff like that. – that really helped.. the only problem I have now is that I need to do a wi fi fix every time I turn my computer on.. happy with speed now since doing this sleep mode thing. This old guy also said to check all the updates have downloaded – if computer went into sleep mode or turned off, etc they might not have all downloaded. I have done a disk clean up, defrag, deleted browsing histroy and all of that also..


  49. Keith Ragan September 2, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    New Lenovo all in one, had dealer update Windows 8 to Windows 10 before taking home. System was incredibly slow. Followed your initial instructions which were easy to follow. System and speed improved dramatically. Thank you, Robert.

  50. Ricardo Remis September 3, 2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

    System improved after following your recommendation, but not as perfect as when I was using W8.1. It looks this is happening only under certain configurations. This is happening in my PC, where I have installed a lot of apps and external devices : I have 4 other Windows10 machines working and presenting no issues.

  51. Zellos September 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Definitely has helped rectify the problem, thank you!

  52. marcel September 10, 2015 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Wow! That definitely did it. My pc games are now back to speed. So grateful. U guys are great!

  53. Tom Thurrell September 11, 2015 at 4:03 am - Reply

    All browser, IE, Firefox and Chrome were are taking a extra ordinary long time to open and search, The CPU and Ram are running near to or at 100% capacity, even Firefox apologises for being slow. It makes my Vista desk top seem fast.

    The only one that responds with a normal response is the new Edge browser !

    After altering the paging file as recommended above all the above browsers are back to normal, nearly as fast as my Vista desk top. Thank you

  54. Admiral Tug Benson September 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the article Robert, and thanks in advance to anybody who answers this. I just bought a new machine, not a very good one, but I’m surprised how slow it is. Normally when a new computer comes out of the box it feels lightning fast, but this one with Windows 10 is really slow. Like you said, hanging when I just open the start menu, extremely slow internet, lots of lag all around. Even the mouse lags, moving slow and hanging. I was going to try this, but I have a question before I do. The recommended allocation is lower than what is automatically being allocated. I’ve read about this solution on several sites, and it seems to be the opposite for most people. Could that be the cause of my problems, or will lowering the allocation just make matters worse? As you can tell, I know nothing about this subject.

    • Robert Russell September 15, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Do you know how much RAM your computer has? The values are usually based on that. The good thing is, if you try changing your settings and it makes it worse or the same, you can always go back and change it to automatic.

      • Admiral Tug Benson September 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

        Yeah, it has 4GB of RAM. I know it’s not a lot, but as it came pre-installed with Windows 10 I figured that was enough. I’ll go ahead and try it, then if it’s worse just change it back like you said. I was just worried about some catastrophic failure. The reason I have a brand-new computer is because the Windows 10 update literally killed my old machine. Couldn’t even boot the old girl up roll back the update. Thank you very much for the advice and the really quick reply. It takes those clowns on the Microsoft forums days to answer, then they just give some generic response that doesn’t answer anything at all. In my case (with the dead machine) pointed me to a thread that was a completely unrelated issue.

        • Robert Russell September 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm - Reply

          No problem, be sure to reply back and let me know if it works for you. If it doesn’t, try posting all of the specs and maybe we can find a setting that works best for you.

          • Admiral Tug Benson September 15, 2015 at 6:29 pm

            It seems to be working better from what I can tell. The mouse issue has definitely improved, or I should say is no longer an issue. I haven’t noticed any other lag yet, but it’s not a constant thing (sometimes it seems fine and other times it’s just a hassle) so I should probably check it out for a day and see how it acts. But even if it just fixed the mouse it was worth it, that was really annoying. Appreciate the help and I’ll follow-up with you and tell you how it’s going.

      • Samiullah_Naazar September 27, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

        yes shutdown process get stuck.sometimes it takes 2 or 3 minutes but mostly it does not shutdown. one day my laptop was fully charged but battery completely dried up . so how can i find that app or service that making problem

  55. samiullah September 16, 2015 at 3:54 am - Reply

    i had window 8 , recently i have istalled window 10. my window 8.1 started up very slowly and sometimes opened programs slowly ,now i have window 10 but the problem is same. Recently i read BAD_POOL_HEADER and my window restarted. plz tell me what’s the problem and how can i fix it

  56. Europeanman313 September 22, 2015 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Hi this was realy helpful 🙂 although now i have another problem. I have gtx 970 (4gb), and 16gb ram and all this fancy crap, but still it shows somethin like 2400 mb although it should show like 4000 or something. Iv updated video card from nvidia own site as well as from windows harware list tab. Can’t find any help on internet. Please man you are my only hope. Id really appreciate your help 🙂

    • kowie September 28, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      I think you installed a 32bit version of Windows, x86 or 32bit version of windows has a memory limit of around 2-2.4mb of RAM, no matter how big is the ram installed in your computer still it will be usable unless you install the x64 bit version of windows

  57. Mrefix September 22, 2015 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I have seen this before and has helped in the past. Windows seems to be sporadic with speed. It has a fairly fast start up but all apps are slow. Then I leave it on sleep with a handful of apps open for a few hours and come back to it — super quick. Then I leave a bunch of apps up again, and a few hours later it’s super slow (like right now). I have a Lenovo z40 which has 8GB of RAM with 2GB dedicated to graphics card (crappy GC btw). I have Windows 10 on my C: drive then have 8 gigs of SSD (or SSHD, I don’t remember) of D: drive. Windows recommends only 1906 MB to be allocated. I feel like this isn’t enough because I have a ton of memory. How do I utilize windows 10? (i7 processor with 2.4ghz, so the processor shouldn’t be the problem).
    Note: when I say “super slow,” I mean it takes only 10 seconds to open the Mail app, but it’s considerably slower than Windows 8, or what it could be/ has been.

  58. Collin McKinney September 29, 2015 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Thank you for the article. Unfortunately this did not work for me. I have scoured the net and the only other suggestion I’ve come across is to do a clean install. I have so many apps that I don’t still have the keys for (lost emails, boxes, etc), I really don’t want to have to start over. Is there a way to image just my apps? Stupid question, I know, but I’ve been surprised before. Thank you in advance.

  59. dbdarrough September 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks. I tried this and initially it didn’t work. It started out allocating my full 16384MB of ram and when I changed it to the recommended 2907MB for min and max it didn’t take. It said it was set to a custom size of 2907MB for both but was still allocating the full 16384MB even after rebooting. Set it back to automatically manage page file size and then changed it again to a custom size of 2907MB min and 3072MB max and rebooted. Now it shows it only allocating the 2907MB and it is running fast again. If it didn’t work for you the first time, make sure that the custom changes you did actually are being allocated correctly.

  60. Tárkányi Damján September 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    It worked. Thank you very much for the advice. It works just as smoothly, when I had windows 8 on my laptop. Keep up giving good advice!

  61. Tracy October 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Hallelujah, my sanity has been restored! My computer is much faster now, (possibly even better than before the Windows 10 download), THANK YOU!!

  62. brian jackson October 2, 2015 at 4:46 am - Reply

    thanks a lot my pc is now faster THANK YOU!!

  63. Blackie October 2, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I like I can leave a reply here….that said, it didn’t work. I’m using the final release candidate of WinX Home. Irksome too that others have inquired about other solutions and the author can’t seem to bother to answer any of them.

    • Robert Russell October 2, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

      I haven’t answered because I haven’t found other solutions that have worked. So far this has helped 95%+ of the people that have tried it. If anyone finds other solutions, please leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to my article.

  64. Tom Webb October 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Seems to have solved my problems!

  65. Kiran October 4, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Thank u sooo much for this. I was really freaking out

  66. Bernie October 6, 2015 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    I wanted to try this solution with a BRAND NEW COMPUTER (Asus 302) but it did not have a recommended Windows size only said something like “system adjusted” so – how do I know what right figure to put in there???

  67. Danny October 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for that advice…pc back to normal despite Win 10 upgrade!

  68. Alain October 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Still the same.. Did everything.. Black screen is long and loading in start up is so slow compaired to windows 8.1..

  69. Marcy October 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    You not only. Saved my sanity,you saved my computer. I was about to throw it out a window. No pun intended.

    Microsoft promised faster start time. Startup doesn’t seem any faster to me. Or is it only my imagination.

    Thank you.

  70. Mandy October 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you, it is way faster now!!!

  71. mikedakin October 11, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Fantastic! fixed the problem! – – – its strange though that setting the “suggested” values should work when the OS must be working around those figures anyway?

    = = = if its not broken dont fix it – – –

  72. Jude October 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    System won’t let me change. Screen shows faded options which won’t allow you to click on

    • Inderdeep Bajwa October 18, 2015 at 4:32 am - Reply

      Dude, uncheck “Automatically manage paging file…” And then select your drive which you want to sacrifice, click on Radio button “Custom Size”. Define your size and then go to or @ProPanjabi and follow me because I helped you ?

  73. Anna Thomas October 13, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Followed instructions to the letter and it worked! No idea why but very happy that it did. Everything runs way faster than before. thanks!

  74. Dee October 13, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    You say “Set Initial Size and Max Size to the value recommended by windows”, but the 2 spaces (custom size, initial size) are blank, and I don’t know what to type in.

    • Pip October 17, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

      This solution fixes the problem of very very slow running of W10 for me. It also fixes what looked like a wifi problem as well.

      The Recommended number is the second of the three in the Virtual Memory dialogue box – see the screen shot from Robert above.

  75. Frederick Hooper October 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm - Reply


    Thanks for sharing! I had tried many things but this change certainly improved the boot speed. It is still slow loading my profile but it gives me something else to tweek.

  76. Randy Lacey October 19, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Followed each step and what do you know no more lag. This was a little difficult for me however as I am visually impaired. It seems that I can’t back to my previous screen preferences that I had before the install. But still doable. Thanks.

  77. Francisco October 20, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

    It works! So simple and so effective! I was so annoyed about how my notebook slowed down after updating from Windows 8.1 to 10…now it is at its top speed again!

    The best solutions are the simplest ones! I’m gonna spread the word, thank very much!

  78. Mark Warner October 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Noticed substantial slower speeds when operating multiple programs on a newly purchased computer with Win 10 installed. Did not experience this when using Win 8.1. This fixed the problem. I don’t understand how, all I know is that it is now operating like the older version. Thank you.

  79. Teresa Lynch October 21, 2015 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Mine is running fine BUT – when I turn it on, it says it is connected to the internet but it is very limited.. I have to do a ‘repair’ or do a restart… this is SOOOO annoying… any hints or tips.. I have checked HP website, turned router on and off etc.. but no joy.. thanks Teresa

  80. Carlton October 21, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

    So far so good. Looks to be a mark improvement. System was very slow and seemed to be getting slower. The value my system was set to was way higher than the recommended, wonder why?

  81. Nikolay October 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I am sharing that. Its working 🙂

  82. alec davis October 27, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Looks like a great improvement.

  83. paul November 3, 2015 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Great has speeded things up

  84. Colleen Ashley November 3, 2015 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Thanks, this seems to have helped a lot!

  85. Holly Beckham November 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    What is the recommended file size or where do I find it? I run tons of Corel programs, and find myself waiting at least 30 seconds every time I search for a file for it to even pull up anything…

    • Oho November 9, 2015 at 4:54 am - Reply

      In the same window, just below, you can find the recommendations

  86. DON ARNOLD November 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! Now I can watch streaming website videos. I’m always in awe of guys like you who know how to do stuff like this. Thanks for being here for us.

  87. rick November 5, 2015 at 4:14 am - Reply

    first impressions are not bad

  88. Alan November 8, 2015 at 5:04 am - Reply

    I have done what you said.
    I will let you know

    Thanks Alan

  89. Jane DeBrosse November 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Your fix only worked for one day. Now my computer is back to being very, very slow even after I eliminated a lot of start up programs on my computer.

    • Robert Russell November 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Did you check the settings again to make sure they didn’t go back to the defaults?

  90. Hompy November 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this article. My machine is finally running fine again. 🙂

  91. Dibakar Majumder November 11, 2015 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for your valuable suggestion. windows 10 is now running very smooth.I have another question for you : I use a very high speed broadband connection, but while downloading any app from store, it is downloading very slowly. Is there any way to boost up the download speed for store?

    • Robert Russell November 11, 2015 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Not that I know of. Are your download speeds using your browser decent? I’ve noticed some updates from the store seem to download slow for me too but normal internet downloads are fine.

  92. Jm November 11, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Thanks so much! Worked perfectly!

  93. Jonathan Buckley November 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    How do you know what the ‘Initial and Max size recommended by Windows’ is? Is it the same for anyone using Windows 10?

    • syn_ga November 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      it’s shown as the picture, it’s the fourth red box.

  94. Crystal Jones November 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I finally got fed up with the slowness of my PC under Windows 10, and did some digging and found this post and another article which suggested the same fix.. I have one question though.. While the performance seems MUCH better. The menu launches on click IMMEDIATELY, even clicking the time on the lower right IMMEDIATELY shows the calendar, requesting the desktop display IMMEDIATE responds.. All in all it’s soo much better.. Gonna cross my fingers that this is not a FLUKE.. 🙂

  95. Crystal Jones November 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    And now all my apps launch like LIGHTENING!!! Possibly FASTER than BEFORE the Windows 10 upgrade!!!! OMG.. thank you thank you thank you!! The page file was set to a little over 8500MB in the Windows 10 upgrade, setting the minimum to 400 and the maximim to 1940mb makes a BIG difference!!! The ONLY issue I now have to resolve with my Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade is a video card compatibility issue.. My video card is not compatible with Windows 10, but I have a driver that solved my immediate issue (video display not filling the monitor) to a usable standard.

    Though I have had no issues with upgrading my laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, I was curious why the laptop had no performance issue post upgrade.. Though the laptop is MUCH newer than the desktop computer, they both have similar specs in terms of memory, harddrive size and processor speed.. Turns out the upgrade on the laptop did a MUCH better job of setting the default page size.. This is likely why the laptop doesn’t have issues..

    Anyway.. I’m rambling.. This worked.. Thanks for the tip!!!

  96. Dandy November 15, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

    You’re brilliant. I was seconds away from reverting back to 7 I was so frustrated with waiting over 2 minutes for the file explorer to load.

  97. windguy November 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks – pages seem to open faster. But, before I installed 10 from the original 7, I was getting weird image/photo shifts on web pages. Half images would show up or/and some information, text included would be blacked out. So, I installed 10, and voila – that issue is gone. I followed your recommended steps to help speed things up and two things happened. 1). Screen goes black only after minute or so, but is still set at 15 minutes. This was an issue when 10 was first installed., I reset it to 15 and it was fine. I did your fix, and it’s back to going dark in a minute, BUT, it still says it’s set at 15 minutes? Huh? 2). I am not back to getting those weird partial screen black outs, misplaced images etc.

  98. Lindgy November 16, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

    simply brilliant

  99. Nick November 16, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

    This did the trick! 😀 thank you so much

  100. Louise Hudson November 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    I tried doing what you said and when I tried to click on “apply” it would not go. I tried to work around it–nothing works. I also have a problem with gmail. I send and it takes minutes to do anything, then I get a message that my mail was not sent. This never happened with Windows 7

  101. Sidni Jones November 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    It worked well at first my mouse is moving slow as I’m typing this comment, However I’m still appreciative of the time I had with my fast PC.

    • Imdranil Sarkar November 28, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

      70% better than previous time…..

  102. Tim November 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Where do I find the size values recommend by windows?

    • Jeff November 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Next to the label that says “Recommended:”

      It’s the second to the last entry on the Virtual Memory window.

  103. Jonathan November 22, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    This fix did not work for me. I have a Quad Core processor with 4Gb of RAM but my computer is running so slowly it’s as if I was running a 286 computer with 512 Mb of RAM.

    • Brett November 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      My latest and greatest HP Envy laptop cost $1300 and it runs horribly with Windows 10, as it did with Windows 8. It takes a half hour to boot, every click takes minutes to respond. I would gladly trade this to get a 386 machine. I have only loaded Trend Micro Antivirus as far as software goes.
      Microsoft’s best days are behind them. Bring back Windows NT and Windows XP !
      I had to use my 5 year old Mac just to reliably enter this comment, and I am not even a fan of Mac.
      I simply can’t believe what I am experiencing with the HP Win machine – do they NOT see this in test?

      • Brett November 26, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

        OK so no sooner than I write this, my PC starts acting a lot better. It still lags by seconds, but not by the minutes of lag for the first several days after loading Win10 (and behavior that I had occasionally seen with Win8). Other note is that I have very small % disk space used and auto 1/week defrag; so its invalid to suggest a disk defrag to help this. Historically post WinXP I have felt that interplay between Windows8+, antivirus SW and the network grind things to a near halt at times, particularly after a power cycle.

        • Brett December 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

          So new development that is relevant : in the HP Envy laptop the Seagate hard drive had a complete early-life failure (10 months and not used much in that time).
          I had the hard drive replaced (Western Digital now) and the Microsoft Store people loaded Win 10. This seems to run fine so far.
          Therefore a hypoth would be that inside the laptop Win 8.1 and later Win 10 were both dealing with a sector of hard drive that went bad prior to the complete failure. How the software+OS would be able to work around bad disk space I am not sure, unless part of writing the disk is to read test chunks of what was written before continuing to write. If the OS cannot teach itself where the bad hard disk sectors are, it could conceivably continuously retry using bad disk space and waste time before giving up and writing to somewhere else. Apparently eventually another HDD sector went bad in the Seagate disk, this time in the Windows OS space, making it no longer able to boot at all.

          • Brett December 24, 2015 at 7:59 pm

            Maybe stated more clearly, my Seagate hard disk likely had a sector go bad after the first few months of ownership (degrading performance in the past for Windows 8). Within a week of me downloading Win 10 free over the net, the HDD got an additional bad sector in the FAT and NTFS file system region (there were error messages pointing to that). The behavior was an infinite and automatic reboot, with every other boot ending in FAT file sys err, NTFS file sys err, FAT, NTFS, FAT…
            So if you have not owned the PC for long, have not used much % disk space and you have “tried everything” and nothing helps the slow performance .. something to try would be to do an experimental replacement of your hard drive? Probably not, as it is too painful to do. I am just glad my HDD finally failed completely, forcing me to see the root cause of the slowness in my individual case.

  104. Luc A Charette November 25, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    This modification did absolutely nothing to speed up Win 10

  105. Gavin November 25, 2015 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Also, Don’t install malware such as IO Bit uninstaller *ahem*

    Further to fix problems with Windows 10 you might try:

    – Disable the SuperFetch services (Windows Key + R, Type services.msc and press enter, find SuperFetch and disable) This service is designed to speed up the computer but there are bugs with this on certain system configurations, disabling may help, if it makes it worse then re-enable, if better, leave it off.

    • Van D December 2, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

      finally, this solution can solved my pc problem.
      thank so much bro

  106. Khader Hussain November 30, 2015 at 11:46 am - Reply

    This fix worked well the first time I tried it for my Yoga 2 Pro Win 10 PC. Then for some unknown to me reason, it slowed down again. Upon checking the page file size. I found that it had changed back again to a lower value than I had set it for.

    So I reset it to initial value =3 Gb, max value =4 Gb, The system seems to be working well again. I wonder why it got changed ?
    I like Bob Russell’s method, at least for now. All power to him.
    What is Microsoft support doing on all this ? Nothing ?

  107. John smith November 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I got brand new HP laptop computer almost $500 and is doing the same thing with Windows 10 old computer Windows 7 no problems lightning fast

  108. sahil dass December 5, 2015 at 3:40 am - Reply

    i have got a windows 10, HP with A8 AMD processor. yesterday my pc hanged up and refused to shutdown even pressing the power button for a long time nothing happened. so i decided to remove the battery. and now today i started my laptop but it is running extremely slow. microsoft edge icon is missing from the taskbar (its just a blank space there but if you click it after some time edge starts) the windows menu button is not working. please tell me what should i do?

  109. Russ Johnson December 5, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    My minimum is 16 MB and Recommended is 1279 MB, Currently allocated is 7677 MB. If I changed it to 1279 MB I’d actually be making it smaller. Is this not the case? Is there another solution?

    • Robert Russell December 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Your physical memory is faster than a pagefile, so it makes sense that the recommended is smaller.

  110. Avril L December 9, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Thanks so much, worked a dream.

    I have a Dell Inspiron 660S with i3 2120 CPU @ 3.30 GHz
    With 4 GB of RAM.

    While I am sure not the latest or fastest, it should still be fast.
    So pleased I found your website. (Thank goodness for Google)
    Thank You

  111. sherri December 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    OMG…thank you! I was at my wits end with this slow computer and that fix made it 100% better!

  112. Andy December 10, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    This did not help. What I’m having issues with is just the mouse not responding for about 3 seconds after I’ve used the keyboard. Any suggestions are appreciated.

  113. Steve December 10, 2015 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I just tried this and it seems to be helping.

  114. basil December 11, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

    My internet has slowed up incredibly (and so too did the rest of my systems although not as dramatically)! This fix did not help.

    • Khayeed December 11, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      I had a similar problem. The fix that worked for me (until now) was by increasing the paging file size, the procedure for which was given by RB Russell, as briefly described below:

      Control Panel> Adjust Appearance and Performance of Windows > Properties > Advanced > Change > uncheck automatically manage paging file size… > Custom size > select size and max size > (I set it to about double the size recommended by Windows > Set > OK > restart PC.

    • Robert Russell October 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      If your internet is slow, try the fixes here:

  115. david December 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    I’m impressed. This definitely solved the problem.

  116. Paul December 14, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Worked a treat, thank you!

  117. Carie December 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Wish I could say it worked for me too, but it didn’t.

  118. Derek lawlor December 18, 2015 at 5:36 am - Reply

    It worked! Great result!

  119. Stanley Anderson (Stan) December 18, 2015 at 5:55 am - Reply

    Great, this sorted slow response on chrome / internet and printer.

    Now another thing if anyone can help:- being in the UK we tend to use the date as DDMMYY or DDMMYYYY. I can only get DDMMMYY which is not compatible with our Sage programme so need DDMMYY which is not listed on windows format under ”change date and time” Any answers.

  120. Savannah Barrett December 19, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    YOU are a LIFESAVER!!!!! Worked great!!!!!

  121. Ruth December 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I wish I’d never “upgraded” to windows 10 – I preferred windows 8 despite its faults and 10 is just too slow.

  122. Sara Ingamells December 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    This helped SOOO much. Thank you for posting the idea!

  123. Shawn Leigh Stevens December 20, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Just finished the changes. Waiting for my computer to start up…
    So far, so good! This is such a relief… I was so frustrated, I was about to throw my laptop out of the window!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I greatly appreciate you taking your time to help others.
    Much love & thanks!

  124. Alex December 20, 2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

    This helped me out quite a bit. My four year old laptop is running windows 10 better now, but still not quite as smoothly as it ran Windows 8 or even 7.

  125. Onni December 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Didn’t really help but thanks anyways.

  126. Steve December 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Very good tip, Thanks, this helped a lot!!!

  127. DougInSurbiton December 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Great – it worked for me (I set Minimum Size to 400Mb and Maximum size to 1910Mb). File moving now instant, before the tweak it was taking 5+ minutes.

  128. Peter Garms January 14, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Changing the Initial Size and Maximum Size to the recommended file size for both solved the “sluggish” problem and my HP computer, running Windows 10, is performing like the day I bought it.

  129. Janis Frank January 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this advice. I just purchased a new computer that already had Windows 10 and noticed the same problems with the old computer that I had upgraded. I remember your advice that solved my problems back then and it has fixed my problems on the new compture.

  130. Tushar January 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I did exactly what you asked to. It worked fine for a few minutes after resarting and then again there was a lag. I checked those settings again and the manual thing was unchecked and it automatically assigned higher ram. What to do?

  131. Tushar January 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I did exactly what you asked to. It worked fine for a few minutes after resarting and then again there was a lag. I checked those settings again and the manual thing was unchecked and it automatically assigned higher ram. What to do? Now

  132. Balaji Kannan January 17, 2016 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Thank you. Helpful.

  133. raza sohail January 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Robert – I have Lenovo G710 with i7 and 16GB Ram (as this is maximum for my system). It came with windows 8.1 and I then upgraded to windows 10. ever since then it is painfully slow and erratic at times. I have done exactly how you describe by changing the Initial Size and Maximum Size to the Recommended File Size for both. However, no difference…
    Any other tips?
    Thank you

  134. Brian January 26, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Did like you said, working fine now,many thanks.

  135. Djarno Wertz January 27, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    this option makes it wores for me

  136. Judy January 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    My god, I don’t know who can help my new computer and window 10? It will kill me! All has problem: extremity slow, even couldn’t save document directly? have to find the file, save as, then save is in today’s document… waiting…. then said NOT responding…

    I wonder if the 10 is not ready why sell it to customer? Suffering…
    I went store for several times… they say no problem… but problem! say you have pay for $40 to check software…

  137. Keith Fail February 10, 2016 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I used this set of instructions 2 weeks ago and it worked well but now the machine is back to being extremely laggy again. Double checked and the settings are still set.

    I miss my Windows 7

  138. Andy February 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    My laptop got extremely slow and laggy after a big update Windows 10 did some weeks ago. It was getting me so crazy. I don’t have a new laptop, but it was working very well even with the new Win 10 (I had Win 7 before), up until that specific update some weeks ago.

    I tried this advice and it seems to work ok now. It definitely got back to being as fast as it was before the shitty update and I am satisfied with this. I hope it stays like this and does not get laggy and slow again.

    Thank you!!!

    • Andy February 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      ****BTW, I’ve been using Windows 10 ever since August, in case anyone is wondering, and as I said the laptop was working very fine until some weeks ago. I really wonder what that update was. When it got installed it had the same screen as when I installed Win 10. If anyone has any idea about it, feel free to comment.

  139. Anilkumar T March 1, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

    i have Lenevo thinkpad E430 , RAM 4GB , HARD 500GB. i have windows 10 but now my laptop does not shutdown , mostly i have push the power button to shutdown . please guide me

  140. Daniel March 18, 2016 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Hello, I’m currently running windows 10 right and it came with my brand new laptop which is suppose to be built for speed and gaming, was getting frustrated at why my laptop was stuttering at times and would lag at times when opening programs and or multi tasking, when opening firefox and sometimes opening multiple page tabs to look at other websites and watch videos it would stutter and sometimes cause my computer t freeze had to force shutdown the computer 6 times since i got it. I tried this trick and so far so good. On windows 7 the allocating page file was over 3000MB but it seems windows 10 drops it below 3000, but by increasing this value it definitely helped smooth out windows and stopped stuttering. I currently own the MSI Stealth Pro-006 so you can see my frustration when i was noticing this lag and stuttering when playing videos or opening programs since this laptop was made for speed and performance. I still notice some lag when opening steam but i think this is more towards being optimizing steam to properly work on windows 10, but so far so good will keep updating to see if this remains good.

  141. Eddy May 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Bless you and your knowledge… Saved me

  142. Nikolina May 14, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Great tip, my laptop is definitely faster and doesn’t heat up… Thanks

  143. Mike May 14, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Seemed to work on my hp

  144. Shachi May 20, 2016 at 5:41 am - Reply

    well, i did everything that is mentioned above, but it doesnt seem to be working on my laptop. it’s still as slow.

  145. Shachi May 20, 2016 at 5:42 am - Reply

    well, i did everything that is mentioned above, but it doesnt seem to be working on my laptop. it’s still as slow. can anything else be done?

    • Daniel June 1, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

      If you have enough ram and enough space try changing the value to 5120, that seems to be the sweet spot for most computers, it worked for my stealth pro and hasn’t given me any issues since the value change to 5120.

    • Daniel June 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Is your laptop brand new? Or have you been using
      This for a while? When did you upgrade to Windows 10, this settings will only work to smooth things out such as browsing opening applications. Etc…it wont make your computer any faster then what it is. However it won’t fix optimization such cleaning any clutter your computer may have that can cause your computer to slow down, or remove any unwanted startups that run in the background, if your computer is running slow you may need to do a maintenance check.

  146. Manish Agarwal June 1, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for post. It worked for me also. However, i have a doubt…Do i need to change for all drive or only for ‘c’ drive where all programs are installed. Looking forward for your reply…

    • Robert Russell June 1, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Usually you only have one pagefile, so I would only change the C drive

  147. renee July 4, 2016 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Wow! What a difference! Thanks for your help!

  148. Pete July 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    This worked well. It also addressed the problem of Adobe Flash eating all the memory and bogging down the system.

  149. Kris Kurn July 31, 2016 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Yes, this is happened just like Windows7 launching long time ago,that OS more stable after 3 years later, everytime microsoft launch a product, it must be give a headache.

    I’m not understand, when big company such as Microsoft develop an OS, they must be tested it at least to 100 people maybe? it’s impossible to test a new product just to 10 people. From a hundred tester? nobody feel this OS is slow?
    Microsoft is funny sometimes.

    I upgraded from Windows7, and must find dozen of tutorial to fix many problems. Windows7 is very fast, boot time 40s until my computer ready to use, but Windows 10 take 4 minutes, fast boot on or off doesn’t matter, fast boot is a joke. lol

    Sometimes windows freeze, sometimes program not responding, hard drive usage 100%, etc…
    Thousands of people have the same problem, but no update from Microsoft, great!

    I’m really sure my pc spec is enough for this OS, i7, 16GB ram, ATI R7, 1TB SSD, but now I feel like using pentium 4.

  150. Judoon September 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    You write, “Set Initial Size and Max Size to the value recommended by windows.” Well, I don’t know what value this is! So this instruction is useless.

    • Robert Russell September 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      When you get to that screen it’ll show you a recommended value based on your PC specs. If you look at the screenshots or watch the video you’ll know what to look for.

    • XPOL555 September 16, 2016 at 4:07 am - Reply

      The recommended value is written at the bottom part at that window. 3000MB should be fine for quite all sistems

  151. Jim King September 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I have tried changing the file size as described, but it made no difference at all.

  152. Alan Barker September 29, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Alan G. Barker Just tried your fix for Windows 10 Running Slow Did what you said in Control Panel SUCCESS !!!! Hooray Bin Cleaning and trying different things for over an hour Just a few minutes Great got my old 9 year old Dell 9400 with added Terabyte BACK to normal Thank You All very Much

  153. Go Kevin September 30, 2016 at 4:57 am - Reply

    paging file, I have been doing this since win 98
    I was told it’s standard practice (his company)
    I do it soon after an install.
    Reason, less fragmentation of your HDD.
    Suggested size is 2500 if system has 4 – 8 GB ram
    2000 if you have 16 GB ram or more.

  154. Jill Hill October 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    According to the text “change Initial Size and Maximum Size to the recommended values by Windows which is in the Total Paging File Size For All Drives section.” This is ambiguous since it implies there are two different values, one for Maximum and one for Minimum. However, in the Total paging file size for all sections there is just one “recommended” value. Should I use that for both minimum and maximum?

    • Robert Russell October 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Yes, the values you need to enter are “Initial Size” and “Maximum Size”. The value you need to use in both boxes is the “Recommended” value displayed in the bottom section.

  155. Jude Humphreys October 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    So far so good, however I’m now stuck at the custom size field.
    Total paging file size for all drives it states: minimum allowed 16MB: Recommended 1397MB: Currently allocated 704MB. My question is what do I type into Initial size (MB) & into Maximum size (MB)?
    Looking forward to your help
    Thank you

  156. Melissa Cunningham October 14, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Okay. WOW! Just WOW! This worked like a wonder!! Thank you SO much! You are a lifesaver. Thank heavens for people with minds like yours!

  157. Kelly October 18, 2016 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Worked pretty good but I still lag a lot may be a different issue for me.

  158. John October 20, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

    WOW man all I can say is you are awesome thanks!!!!!. I should have done this 2 days ago and just realized that only peeps with complaints dropping you a note. Thanks for your help man

    • Robert Russell October 20, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Thanks for the reply! I’ve received mixed feedback, but usually more positive than negative and I’m glad it was able to help you!

  159. Michael October 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I used both of your tips and the pc is much faster! Thanks!

  160. Heather Montgomery October 23, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, thanks so much. I was about to lose my mind. I had about quit getting on my laptop at all, so annoying. Lagging, typing was a whole sentence behind, forget Facebook, I was just reading my mail and walking away. I followed the instructions (now I am very green, technically-challenged, but even I could follow it) Now, knock on wood, my laptop is acting almost normal again!!!!!!!! Thank you soooooo much!!!!!

  161. Dice October 25, 2016 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Amazing. GOD bless you for sharing the best idea =D

  162. Sophie October 28, 2016 at 5:59 am - Reply

    thank you for the helps =D
    so happy to get my laptop faster
    thank you sooo much 😀

  163. William McGarvey October 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Your suggestions were spot on, and proved enormously helpful.

  164. Bob November 4, 2016 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Option 1 worked immediately!!! THANK YOU from a tech-idiot who barely knows how to turn on the laptop!!!!!!

  165. Kristine November 8, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Hi, just have win 10 at the first time and it’s really slow compare to windows 7.. this old little tricks worked very well.


  166. Admin November 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm - Reply


    It worked for me.

    Thank you for the tip

  167. Kazzam November 12, 2016 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Good stuff.
    Works well for my notebook which lags on system itself as well as internet browsing.
    Now its faster than before once both option applied.
    Anyway, option 1 has affect my notebook immediately.
    Thanks alot & keep up the good work..!

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  173. Mark November 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks Robert. Paging size fix worked for me. You saved me £000’s (I was going to go and get a new laptop tomorrow). Thanks so much for making my day. Mark – Bristol, UK.

  174. seanb1979 December 6, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Keep in mind that windows 10 is a steaming pile and you will start seeing a drop in speed after another month or so of use, or sooner. The size of the page file doesn’t matter much as long as it’s big enough, and windows 10 seems to slow down unless you regularly adjust it. The minimum I’d recommend is a size equal to your RAM, and the max that I would use is double your RAM amount. Just reset it whenever it feels slow. Thanks for this crippled OS, microsoft.

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  177. Debbie December 14, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Thank you! Still slow, but so much better!

  178. Melissa December 25, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I am on a hp stream windows 10 and when I hit adjust the appearance and performance of windows it won’t load, the circle just spins and it’s taking forever. Any ideas?

  179. Kim Fatica December 30, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

    My browsers were all crawling until I did the first fix. Thanks SO much!

  180. Sunny January 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this tips. I Was wondering if Windows 10 is an upgrade or downgrade. I doesn’t make sense for older window to be faster than new one.

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  182. nabilhabiby89 January 5, 2017 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for the post. Tip number one worked like magic. My laptop is fast now. Cheers!

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  184. Daniel January 7, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

    It kind of worked. In the initial size I’ve putted 1335 and in the maximum size 5000. But i guess that windows 7 still works the best. I’ve got a laptop, quad core AMD cpu, 2 gb dedicated video card an 4 gb of ram, it’s not a bad laptop, but i hoped that windows 10 to be better than w7

  185. nishil January 8, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Really awesome helped on 4gb ram pc a lot

  186. Ron Waters January 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I only see two options. Where are the other 8?

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  190. Alireza February 4, 2017 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Thanks mate you’re a life saver!
    You saved me from uninstalling and installing windows to fix it and installing all apps all over again which takes a life time!

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  193. Gera February 13, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Hey all, I want to say thank you all and especially Robert for having enough patience to help others. Here I am, hoping to get some help.

    Ok, so the problem is:
    Laptop – Lenovo y700 (i7, 8GBram, gtx960m) was very slow on windows 10. I have fallowed steps given above, and it did fixed the lag. Now laptop is fast BUT it is impossible to use it. As soon as you start working it keeps crashing all the programs and tabs in browser and giving a messege like “not enough virtual memory”. WHen I google this problem the solution is to put pagefile size back up. SO basically I am in a loop.

    I tried bunch of different values of pagefile size. Nothing works properly – either lags or crashes.
    Any help??

  194. Wez February 14, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I found the solution to Windows 10 running extremely slowly. The first thing I did was visit distrowatch, second thing was do some research, third thing was replace Windows with a Linux based OS. Hey presto, I now have a fast machine again, with additional benefit of knowing my personal data isn’t being used without my consent to build a digital profile of my life (that will then be used to attempt to brainwash me into buying second-rate products dressed as premier kit. You know sometimes you get off a train, breathe in, and then realise how much the train you just left stank, I haven’t had to think about that smell in a while now!

    • Robert Russell February 14, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Linux is a good alternative for some but might not work for others. What distro did you go with?

  195. mehdi February 17, 2017 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Im planing to go back to win 7 I did everything to make this stupid win 10 faster It did not work and it is driving me CRaZY
    anyway thanks for the article

  196. kaushal February 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    can u help me i got my pc 3month ago and now its being too slow i don’t know what is happening i have window 10 i applied ur arcticle but still it seems like same what should i do for it any recommendation somw are saying windows issue and some for RAM ALL THAT STUFF helpme plz

    • Robert Russell March 24, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Could you provide any specs for your system? Even though it is new, the specs can still make a big difference.

  197. j white March 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Followed the option 1 and BOOM great fix.

  198. Akshay March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am - Reply

    This ain’t a fucking solution,I tried the first step and it fucking screwed by system. I have rebooted my system 25-30 times now, it has been 6 motherfucking hours but I am not able to open anything, the control panel will take decades to load now because it never did so that I could fucking undo what I did. I can’t even shut down my system normally I have to force it on the power button. ??????

    • Robert Russell March 24, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

      I’m sorry you’re having issues. What did you change the Pagefile size to and how much RAM does your machine have? Making this change shouldn’t have caused any of the issues you’re having.

  199. Vicky Hunt March 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I am a bit confused and have read through all the comments and haven’t found the answer to the person asking the same question. Would really appreciate if you could clarify….there are three values in the Total paging file size for all drives section; Minimum allowed, Recommended, and Currently Allocated. There is an initial size and a maximum sizes box. Does the value from recommended go into the initial size and the currently allocated into the maximum? Example: Minimum = 16 mb, recommended = 1339 mb, currently allocated = 6002. Which value should I use for the initial and which for the maximum?

    • Robert Russell March 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      In your case you would use 1339 for both the initial and for the maximum. You’ll want initial and maximum to be the same value, which is the recommended.

  200. Pua Yee Yuan March 28, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Hi, I want to know why would my computer started out soo. slow? Even when I restart it, it still shuts down very slow. I want to know what was wrong with it. And even when I play online games, its more lagged than Windows 7 and Windows Home Premium. So I was frustrated for the slow performance than it took.

  201. Peter March 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Hi, I haven’t tried this fix, my question and some background: Since installing a new HD on my HP laptop (I cloned the faulty one) the machine is just as slow if not worse than it was. We use it only for storage and streaming movies, the machine buffers continuously. My 10 year old desktop runs perfectly, no buffering at all. (Well, some sites do…) I have tried wireless and ethernet, same problem. The machine is also very slow to start up and shut down, apps open slowly. This started before the unwanted Win10 upgrade, but at that time the old HD was on it’s way out. Should this fix make a difference, or could there be another issue?

  202. Akshay March 29, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    My windows 10pc slowdown down after download but after adjusting paging file, the speed has increased. Thankyou

  203. Alex April 2, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Thanks for your advice, now my computer goes much faster

  204. sam April 2, 2017 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Hi .. After switching from win7 to Win10, the machine got too slow, movies, games started lagging or freezing .. Pilated videos, it was just plain bad. Today i came across your site and followed your recommendation with the PAGE File, And, wow!!!! It looks like the machine speed and performance has been restored. I also made sure that the C: drive had atleast 15 GB free space and also DEFRAGMENTED. Now it is working like a charm. Thanks for your tip.

  205. Jason April 15, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Hi Robert, I used both tips and definitely noticed an improvement from option 2. Thanks!

  206. R Sax April 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    This totally helped me! Thank you!! Did it on a 10 year old iMac and a new laptop, both with Win 10. Massive improvement on both, excellent.

  207. Karl Schuman April 23, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I Just wanted to pop in and say thank you very much! I used the first option and its a world of difference. I finally took the plunge this week and decided to upgrade from 8.1 to 10 but I couldn’t figure out why I had been having so much UI lag with my 16gb of ram and 4.4ghz quadcore. But with this guide my issue is finally solved. Thank you so much!

  208. Candy Malina April 27, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    My computer just updated to Windows 10 today, and became infuriatingly slow. I tried the first option above, and so far it seems to have worked amazingly well! It seems to be faster than it was before the update! I have no idea what I just did though, or what other problems it might create, if any? Let me know if there is anything I need to know!

  209. renee May 3, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Thank you so much ! My laptop has been running incredibly slow since windows 10 was installed. Took me 5 minutes to open up chrome! I did both things you said and although it’s not as fast as it could be it’s a lot faster.

  210. David_I May 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks a million. My Lenovo Z510 was almost unusably slow to boot. I would switch it on then go away to amle coffee and come back to find it still booting. These fixes have saved me buying a new computer

  211. John H May 7, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    My windows 10 pc also jut suddenly became slow a couple weeks ago. Maybe after an automatic software update? Anyway the problem was opening any program, including task manager and filer explorer. It would think for 30 seconds before opening and stall any other attempts to do anything with the computer until done thinking. Once a program was open it ran like usual. Well I did your option 1 and so far it’s back to being fast! THANK YOU! I just wish I knew what made it slow down in the first place.

  212. Marc Gilchrist May 21, 2017 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Thanks Robert!

  213. emma June 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    thank you, this worked for my computer!

  214. Kris June 15, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

    This is good advice but you need to edit your post to make it much clearer that you enter the same value in both boxes, the recommended value. That is poorly explained in your article. I like everyone else had to go to the comments to see if it was explained properly.

  215. Dominic M. Conlon June 21, 2017 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Tried your ideas today. Clear instructions for an amateur. Certainly some improvement, so thanks.

  216. Jev July 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Worked for me thank you so much!

  217. Tim July 21, 2017 at 12:18 am - Reply

    My windows 10 Ultrabook was running OK for general use but was extremely slow for CAD design work with all my CAD programs after a windows automatic update. I tried the fix option at the top of this page and it fixed my problem immediately. Huge thanks.

  218. Gil Gaudia July 23, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I tried your recommendation for fixing a slow computer by going to the “Performance” page in control panel and changing the initial and maximum settings. After a reboot, i was unable to get online, so I undid the change. No harm done, but I wonder if I did anything wrong.

  219. Gil Gaudia July 23, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Here is something interesting for you to ponder: I followed the instructions as mentioned in my previous comment and had poor results, so I went back to the original settings. For some reason, however, my computer is now performing well. Is it just coincidence, or did the change/rechange operation have a beneficial affect?

    • Robert Russell July 23, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Changing it like that probably cleared the pagefile and re-built it so that might have helped too. If it slows down again you could try the same steps to rebuild it.

  220. BarryD July 27, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    My Dell Studio XPS experienced extreme slowness about the time Microsoft finished installing the Windows 10 Creators update two weeks ago. The slowness was such that many apps would not load, or would take so long that they would time-out and return an error message, in one case that the program was missing! Some web pages (such as Tecklyfe) would load, but would require one or more refreshes to get videos to load and play. So, there was both slowness, not present before, in the computer itself, but also with accessing web pages, on any of the three browsers I have available (Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge).

    So, I performed the Paging File changes recommended in the video, and that helped with computer based apps.

    I also implemented the Performance Options tweaks recommended.

    But, some slowness in loading internet web pages persists. They take way too long. Again, some internet based apps still do not load without a refresh or multiple tries. Once they finally get loaded, they do operate, but not as snappily as they once did two weeks ago.

    I’ll be interested in other ways to get the computers previous speed back. Thanks for the tips.

  221. Pansy August 3, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I have just done this but when I went to select the minimum size I had a warning box that if it was changed to less than 400 megabytes then if there was a system error there was no guarantee that what had gone wrong was recorded – in order to help put that right. So what do I do now? I have a new Lenovo brand spanking new in Feb 17 with more bells, whistles and power than I will need. Thanks.

    • Robert Russell August 3, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

      400mb does sound low. If you look at the screenshot, on your computer what is the recommended value? That’s the number you want to use for the Min and Max. I’m guessing it is 1024mb or higher.

  222. Marie August 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    changing my settings worked for me

  223. Sanles August 14, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Wow has this made a significant difference to the lagging machine that it once was, the instructions got a bit confusing as to exactly what information to write where but the comments got me thru that.

  224. Ali AIzat August 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    this help the slow performance problem for my win 10 , but another problem just arised . The MSVCR100.dll was not found….(this problem was the reason why I update my win 10 , and got lag after that ) . Doing this just got me in infinite loop of problems……! please help me !

  225. Mike August 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I tried both of your above suggestions and laptop is back to running like a champ! Thanks!

  226. Jon Lester Aves August 19, 2017 at 4:58 am - Reply

    worked for me, 1894 recommended, i put 3500 for min and max

  227. Jennifer Misiewicz August 19, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    You really should have been more specific for min and max. I’m assuming you use the recommended setting for both? I’ll try it and hopefully it will help.

    • Robert Russell August 22, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

      That’s correct, you use the recommended setting for both. I’ve re-worded the article a few times to make it clearer. Any suggestions?

  228. John Robeson September 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this fix. I messaged Microsoft about how terrible their windows 10 was, and swore to them I would never buy another Microsoft product.
    Your fix did the trick, but I have to wonder, why in the world would they design an operating system that made so many people hate Microsoft?
    My computer is functioning like it used to, but when it dies, I’ll be shopping for something other than Microsoft.
    Thanks again for sharing this fix.

  229. Kathy September 17, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I am not tech savvy. I have an 8 year old laptop, with not very much ram, a lot of storage space. After the last W10 update, windows was very slow. I used tip #2 only, and it worked perfectly. Windows 10 is snappy and fast again. Thanks!

  230. Adel Alghamdi September 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    The first option it’s works with me .. thanks a lot, my laptop was running very slow even when I clicked to start boton it tak around 1 minutes. Thanks again

  231. BeeTee September 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    We are not in ESL 101 just help the poor guy……

  232. creativeriterz October 25, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    This fixed my PC performance! Wow thanks so much.

  233. Baalin October 25, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Worked perfectly, thank you so much. Just recently updated and after installing a few programs I couldn’t even install new stuff and it would take me 3+ mins just to continue through programs or try and change system settings

  234. Judy St November 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    what a difference! I felt like I was back in 1o95 with Juno dial up until I tried your Option 1 fix. Thank you!

  235. ed November 26, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    seemed to have helped. My windows 10 sometimes took literally minutes to open up an application or even to switch from one to the other. “Not responding” was an error that i had become used to, just as my typing lagging behind. Seems much better now. Ofcourse it could be just because of a restart, but it seems much better

  236. Swati Singh December 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Hii Robert ,I m using Dell Inspiron 15 ,5000 series with windows 10 and RAM 4GB and 1TB hard disk ,like all my PC is also working too slow . As you instructed first solution i did the same but have little confusion is wat will be the initial size ?? Does intial and final size both will be equal to recommended size??. Please clarify the same as per below my details shown:-

    Minimum Allowed 16 MB
    Recommended 1394 MB

    Wat will be my PC initial and final size as per above detail.

    Thanks in advance for your support!!

  237. Robert Russell December 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    You would set both to 1394MB based on the information in your comment.

  238. George Iredale December 19, 2017 at 6:04 am - Reply

    My computer is definitely quicker after making recommenced changes, thanks very much.

  239. Sharon S. December 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    The slow internet was very frustrating. This helped! Thank you!

  240. Dale (@elderberrynut) January 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Agree with Ben…it was not clear that the recommended value was to be typed into BOTH boxes. I guessed a lower value for the initial size and a larger value for the maximum size. Must go back and change to same value. I do thank the author for all the hints.

  241. Renee January 19, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Mr. Russell, THANK YOU! I followed the instructions for both Option 1 and Option 2 and then re-started the laptop. I cannot believe the difference in speed. I was actually contemplating taking my laptop in for service or replacement because it was so slow …. I was waiting several minutes for webpages with a lot of graphics/articles/videos to load before I could even scroll down the page. took FOREVER…..and just now it completely loaded in less than 30 seconds. Thank you for taking the time to write this, and for making the instructions easy to follow even for someone like me (NOT a techie=significant understatement).

  242. Kemal Wirdoyo January 23, 2018 at 4:48 am - Reply

    thank you, thank you… followed your instruction for win 8.1 and now it load faster! before it was doing fine, but after i got install net 4.6 it super slow. now i can opened bluestack and chrome at the same time again.

  243. Sumanta Bardhan January 26, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    you know what you don’t have to follow any of the things. Just plug in charger it will behave again normally.

  244. Debi February 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I was shocked that this actually did worked somewhat. Although I didn’t know what values to use. I tries to use 16 at first but the system told me to use at least 400 – which I did. It certainly did speed up some loading however when I open windows office it still is quite slow. A good remedy for us that have very little tech knowledge. Thanks a bunch!

    • Robert Russell February 8, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Did you try watching the video? I try to explain the values a little better in there. I would try setting both values to at least 2048 though.

  245. Dan Gardner February 17, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks – 55 year-old who knows little about computers and at first glance this has helped enormously…

  246. Joshua A Davis February 19, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    This post started many moons ago, but…Thank You for the post!!!!!! I’m running an HP with 2 quad core Zeons and 64 GB of DDR3 Ram plus to solid state drives setup on a RAID 0 and my computer has been running slower then my wife’s laptop that has a core 2 duo…. I’ve tried reformatting and so much more and then i seen this post!! Thank You!!!!! Windows had automatically allocated over 46,000 MB and Windows only recommended 7600 MB.

  247. Sankun March 12, 2018 at 1:15 am - Reply

    The tips somehow works. Thanks.

  248. David Beacham March 12, 2018 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Well it’s not perfect but it is so much better now I can actually use it. Thank you so much, you are the first one that actually helped! 🙂

  249. Bob September 12, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Thank you! It helped a great deal!

  250. Sheik Lan September 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks! I thought I know some computer software as well as hardware. This is awesome.

  251. Aws September 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    nice thanks man! now we can live in peace

  252. Fred Boulton October 1, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Thanks my friend. Worked a treat. I can get some of my life back now things are running quicker

  253. Junelyn V. Cabillas October 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Did option 2 and somehow it’s improving. I hope I don’t have to do option 1 as I’m not that techie but hey, I’ll do whatever I can to get this win10 faster 😁

  254. scott October 6, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

    fantastic thanks,,,,

  255. cyclewirks October 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    It is still driving me nuts, whatever I do only improves it slightly for a few days then it is as bad as before.

    • Robert Russell October 6, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Have you verified that your page file setting sticks after a reboot? Go back into the settings and make sure it’s still set to your custom size.

      • whobiggs October 8, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

        It is a HP Pavilionx2 detachable and I’ve been told neither are upgradable unfortunately. None of this was mentioned when I bought it not that long ago!

        • Robert Russell October 8, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

          It looks like that’s an entry level laptop/tablet. Most tablet-types aren’t upgradable. If you got an Atom processor it’s going to be slow. It probably has an SSD, so the speed slowdowns would be the processor and the 2GB of RAM.

      • david October 9, 2018 at 3:26 am - Reply

        Oh bugger! I didn’t think £350 was entry level, is there another system I could use that needs less memory? I have tried ubuntu/linux but it was the same.

        • Robert Russell October 9, 2018 at 4:54 am - Reply

          If you already tried Linux then probably not. Ubuntu is still a pretty heavy OS with its GUI so you could try a lighter weight distro. Maybe Mint.

  256. David Beacham October 8, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

    It wasn’t but I’ve re done it and it makes no difference. Would I be better off buying a new laptop with more than 2GB RAM? My internet here is also poor so I’m not sure what to do next, I don’t want to waste my money on the wrong thing.

    • Robert Russell October 8, 2018 at 9:19 am - Reply

      When it comes to hardware slowness, RAM and the type of storage drive are 2 big components. 2GB of RAM is pretty low. Is it upgradeable so you could add more without buying a new laptop?

      Does it have an SSD drive for storage and an older HDD? If it’s an HDD then that could make a huge difference but depending on the laptop you might not be able to upgrade it.

  257. Aleksandar January 9, 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Thank you so much!!!!!! Tihs tweak was monster my pc rocks !

  258. PHB January 14, 2019 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Now this was Truly Helpful Information ……Maybe we should get you to Tweak the US Govt right now …….or maybe just scrap it ..

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