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Windows 7: System Managed vs Custom Page File


29 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
System Managed vs Custom Page File

Hello all:
I'm running Windows 7 64-bit on a custom PC with Pentium Dual-Core 2.50GHz and 4GB RAM and have been having some "low memory" issues occasionally, seemingly due to Firefox hogging up memory.

So I looked at what my paging file settings were. They're currently set as "system managed": minimum 16MB, recommended 6141MB, and currently allocated 516MB. It says in Windows Help that it automatically sets the initial paging file as minimum four times the RAM plus 300MB, and the maximum as three times the amount of RAM. Obviously it hasn't set these parameters.

My question is: should I change the settings manually to reflect these recommendations?

BTW: I have less than 1GB on the drive, so would Windows change the settings to reflect this, or does it allocate it separately?


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29 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

Sounds to me like you need to upgrade your hard drive (or at least free up some room on it), and your RAM. However, 4GB should probably be enough for general use, including Firefox web browsing.

What exactly is your computer doing? Are you just getting a pop up warning that Firefox is using a lot of RAM? Is your computer crashing?
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29 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Firstly, I can free up some space on the hard drive. I'm in the process of doing that now. And yes, on occasion I'll get a pop-up saying I'm low on RAM, or sometimes things will just freeze up until it allows me to pull up my task manager so I can kill a process or two. It never actually crashes though. Should I adjust my paging files settings though? Would that help?
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29 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

It might, but then it might not. I would probably leave it managed by Windows for the time being. 4GB RAM should be enough for general use, unless you have a lot of stuff running at the same time. Either way, I would definitely free up some hard drive space. That might be the problem.
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30 Jun 2012   #5

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Daniel, you have only 1g of ram listed for memory in your specs. What is it?
If you indeed have 4g, that's enough for most folks. Leave the page file settings alone!!!

BIG BUT; If you only have 1g of free space left on your 250g boot drive, you're BEGGING for trouble. You must quickly get that up to at least 40-50g. File corruption can easily occur when a drive gets under 5% free.

Uninstall some benign programs, then download and install CCleaner & run it 3 times.

Are you sure you don't have a malware infection?
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30 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pscowboy View Post
Daniel, you have only 1g of ram listed for memory in your specs. What is it?
If you indeed have 4g, that's enough for most folks. Leave the page file settings alone!!!

BIG BUT; If you only have 1g of free space left on your 250g boot drive, you're BEGGING for trouble. You must quickly get that up to at least 40-50g. File corruption can easily occur when a drive gets under 5% free.

Uninstall some benign programs, then download and install CCleaner & run it 3 times.

Are you sure you don't have a malware infection?
I need to change my specs page, sorry. I do indeed have 4GB RAM. So far I've freed up about 7GB of space. Also my boot drive is 500GB, not 250 as listed. I also discovered that my hard drive is in dire need of defragging, which I plan to do this weekend. Unless I hear on here otherwise I will leave my paging settings alone.
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30 Jun 2012   #7

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Run CCleaner, then defrag,....
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01 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldMX View Post
Run CCleaner, then defrag,....
Will do. Thank you so much!
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