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Windows 7: Virtual Memory


16 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 
Virtual Memory

I'm using Windows 7Pro 64 bit with 8 Gig of ram. What would be a good setting for my virtual memory? Right now it's set 8191 MB.

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16 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Hello there, you should let windows manage the page file on its own, i do not have it that way, but it's the recommended setting.

Some people use to say 1.5x your RAM for minimum and 3x times your RAM for maximum.

You could try different sizes, i find 4096MB more than enough for me, it's the same amount of RAM in my system, i used to have 2GB and never had any issues, i guess it not that big of a deal if you have 8GB of RAM, nonetheless, don't disable it, never. it is NOT recommended

Note that i don't have a Page File in my OS HDD, but i do have it in another HDD and it's set for the same size (minimum/maximum)


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16 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Yeah I'd Like That Question Answer For Me... ^^^^ Haha I Seen You IN My Other Post Punkster.. I have 2 GB RAM
VVV Here Is What Its Set too..


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16 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

It's set to the recommended setting so i wouldn't touch it.. but it's ok, when i had 2GB of RAM, i set 2GB of Page File and never had issues of any kind.. but that's a risky setting, the system could need even more than 2GB of Page File and it wouldn't be available, so i wouldn't touch the page file on your system, but you could just try it for a couple of days, i mean.. it wouldn't harm you.. Trial and Error

Set it to 2GB, run it like that for 1 ~ 2 days.. if you see any performance change (good or bad) then change it to 4GB or leave it like that (depends on the situation), run it another 1 ~ 2 days, if the same thing happens, let windows manage it it's only Page File.

BTW, do that D: (Backup Drive) is another HDD or just another partition on the same HDD? because you could move the Page File to the Backup Drive
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16 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Punkster View Post
It's set to the recommended setting so i wouldn't touch it.. but it's ok, when i had 2GB of RAM, i set 2GB of Page File and never had issues of any kind.. but that's a risky setting, the system could need even more than 2GB of Page File and it wouldn't be available, so i wouldn't touch the page file on your system, but you could just try it for a couple of days, i mean.. it wouldn't harm you.. Trial and Error

Set it to 2GB, run it like that for 1 ~ 2 days.. if you see any performance change (good or bad) then change it to 4GB or leave it like that (depends on the situation), run it another 1 ~ 2 days, if the same thing happens, let windows manage it it's only Page File.

BTW, do that D: (Backup Drive) is another HDD or just another partition on the same HDD? because you could move the Page File to the Backup Drive
Lol, But I have 52 MB Left on my Back Up... So its Completely Filled.. :P
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16 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

OH haha! then leave it where it is don't move it around xD hehe
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16 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 

I'll just let Windows take care of it and leave it as it is. Thanks for your responses.
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16 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

You're welcome, squid glad to hear your doubts have been cleared
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16 Jan 2011   #9
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It will depend of what you are doing and how much RAM you have. Most programs do not need a lot or any space on the pagefile. But if you have a small RAM (e.g. 2GBs) it is advisable to leave it up to the system to manage. For a large RAM (e.g. 6 or 8GBs) and cramped quarters on the OS disk (e.g. small SSD), you can reduce it to 2GBs.

You can monitor your paging activeity in the Resource Monitor > Memory tab. Either in the Hard Fault column or in the graph on the bottom right.

If you are tight for disk space, I would first delete the hiberfile with the powercfg -h off command. That saves you appr. the equivalent of your RAM size. Then, of course, you cannot use hibernation any more.
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16 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It will depend of what you are doing and how much RAM you have. Most programs do not need a lot or any space on the pagefile. But if you have a small RAM (e.g. 2GBs) it is advisable to leave it up to the system to manage. For a large RAM (e.g. 6 or 8GBs) and cramped quarters on the OS disk (e.g. small SSD), you can reduce it to 2GBs.

You can monitor your paging activeity in the Resource Monitor > Memory tab. Either in the Hard Fault column or in the graph on the bottom right.

If you are tight for disk space, I would first delete the hiberfile with the powercfg -h off command. That saves you appr. the equivalent of your RAM size. Then, of course, you cannot use hibernation any more.
So That means You Save RAM Space... ? Then You Cannot Use Hibernation Mode For The Rest Of The Time Your Computer Lives?
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