What is virtual memory?

virtual memory

Typically operating systems like Windows will manage this automatically but it can also be changed manually if the default size of the virtual memory isn’t large enough.

To do this in Windows a user should go into advance system settings, under the advanced tab go to performance, click settings, click advanced tab and then, under virtual memory, click change. Clear the automatically manage paging file size for all drivers and check box.

Under drive (volume label) click the drive that contains the paging file to change, click custom size and type in a new size in megabytes, click set, then ok.

Technology Term:

Virtual Memory

Standard Definition Exists?

Memory that appears to exist as main storage although most of it is supported by data held in secondary storage, transfer between the two being made automatically as required.

Year first used/coined:

1956

Attributed to:

Fritz-Rudolf Güntsch

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