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Windows 7: Altering Virtual Memory


01 Jun 2011   #1

x64
 
 
Altering Virtual Memory

I've recently been tweeking my virtual memory after a friend told me it could help boost my comp.

I'm a minimalist and barely use any of my memory. I've recently set my VM at 8G-10G of VM. I'm sure this is over doing it, but are there any dangers to over allocating hard drive space to VM?

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01 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Sanserif, and welcome to Seven Forums.

There's no danger in allocating more space to the page file other than having less free space available on the HDD. Windows 7 actually does a great job at managing the page file though, and it's usually fine to just leave the page file set to be "System Managed".

What could help improve the performance of the page file and Windows 7, would be to move the page file to be on a separate physical HDD than the one Windows 7 is installed on.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums

Since you are interested in speeding up the performance of Windows 7, the items listed in the tutorial below may be able to help with that as well.

Optimize Windows 7

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Jun 2011   #3

x64
 
 

Thanks for the help Bring. +1000 internet points.
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02 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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02 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

I can tell you a better way to boost the performance of your computer....
USE MEMORY. If you are not using RAM you are then using the Hard Drive which is the slowest link.
DO NOT, be a "minimalist" when it comes to RAM. Use every single bit available. Why else have it?
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02 Jun 2011   #6

x64
 
 

I mean I'm a minimalist in the realm of Hard Disk space. I only install applications I use, and remove those that I don't. So running out of hard disk space isn't a worry.

However if VM really is slower Ill just scale back the VM to the recommended about. I already have 4G of RAM and the RAM gauge tool never goes past 46%. 36% now at 10G VM.

Does anyone know of ways to improve the CPU speed without new hardware? That's the one that hits 100% often.
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02 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sanserif View Post
Does anyone know of ways to improve the CPU speed without new hardware? That's the one that hits 100% often.
Overclocking it. That's really the only option to make a CPU faster without replacing hardware. Depending upon the make of your computer, this may or may not be possible. For example, if you own a Dell, all of the BIOS features are locked down so you cannot overclock it, same goes for almost every manufactured computer (gateway, HP, Acer, Lenovo, etc).
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02 Jun 2011   #8

x64
 
 

My computer is retail bought. The hardware is all probably low grade so I try to stay away from overclocking. Ah well. Thanks for all the help anyway guys.
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