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

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

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

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

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

How to enable automatic page file size in Windows 11

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

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

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

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

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

windows 11 start settings

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

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

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

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

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

Ensure the automatically managed paging file size for all drives check box is selected.

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

That should do it!


This post showed you how to allow Windows to manage the system page file using Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.