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Windows 7: Recommended size of swap file with 4 GB ram

26 Sep 2010   #21
truckerking

Windows 7 Professional 64bit Retail Swedish Version
 
 

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If you're used to linux, which I'm guessing because you called it a swap file, it should be at least the same size as the memory in your system. You can get away with less than that if you don't plan to do any memory intensive applications, like multiple VMs, graphics music or photo editing etc..

Windows depends much more heavily on the pagefile than linux does on swap. I recommend 1.5x the actual memory for a pagefile, which is what I usually set as a fixed amount immediately after installing windows. Letting windows manage the virtual memory means the pagefile will become fragmented if you later decide to use Photoshop, Nero, or VMware... or even Winrar or 7zip, which can take a huge amount of memory during file compression operations.
yes I'm using very memory intensive applications. I'm for example using Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, VmWare Workstation and other Adobe memory intensive applications. I'm also playing pretty heavy games too. But I did a few modifications. Instead of having the swap file on the main partition(the partition with Windows and all my programs installed) I created a new partition with a size of 5 GB and use this ONLY for the swap file because if you do this the main partition does not have to work that much and the computer might be a bit faster
cool and is it working ok ?
well, I haven't got time to really test this configuration but so far it's working pretty good. I'm giong to do heavier tests later to see how its working. I went to the virtual memory options in Windows and set the drive where windows will put the swap file to the partition I created for the swap file and then I let windows manage the size of the file. But so far its working pretty good


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26 Sep 2010   #22
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

great job! windows would let you no if there was a problem windows 7 is so much better than vista as you experiment you will find out
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26 Sep 2010   #23
truckerking

Windows 7 Professional 64bit Retail Swedish Version
 
 

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great job! windows would let you no if there was a problem windows 7 is so much better than vista as you experiment you will find out
that may be. haven't experimented with vista memory management that much so I don't know if Windows 7 is better. but I have heard that Windows 7 has a better memory management system than vista. I have actually noticed that. When I had Vista on this system Vista used more memory and more cpu power than Windows 7 does. So Windows 7 seems to be better on both memory and cpu usage. I think Windows 7 overall performs better than Vista.
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26 Sep 2010   #24
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

64BIT machines work very well with windows 7 im really happy with mine i will be building my own soon from the motherboard upwards and i am going to make a megga fast one thanks to the knowledge of using so many systems it may cost a bit more than a stock one but i will be rewarded knowing i made it!
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28 Sep 2010   #25
truckerking

Windows 7 Professional 64bit Retail Swedish Version
 
 

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64BIT machines work very well with windows 7 im really happy with mine i will be building my own soon from the motherboard upwards and i am going to make a megga fast one thanks to the knowledge of using so many systems it may cost a bit more than a stock one but i will be rewarded knowing i made it!
that's right.
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28 Sep 2010   #26
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by truckerking View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
64BIT machines work very well with windows 7 im really happy with mine i will be building my own soon from the motherboard upwards and i am going to make a megga fast one thanks to the knowledge of using so many systems it may cost a bit more than a stock one but i will be rewarded knowing i made it!
that's right.
hello hows your machine
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28 Sep 2010   #27
truckerking

Windows 7 Professional 64bit Retail Swedish Version
 
 

have made a bigger test now with the new virtual memory settings and it seems to work just fine. i can run many memory eating applications without the system feeling slow. I tested running a few diffrent programs. The programs I will list, I was running those at the same time.

1. Windows Media Player: playing a video
2. Windows Media Center: playing another video
3. Windows Live Messenger
4. Skype
5. Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended Edition: Editing a couple of pictures
6. Adobe Audition 3.0(Music editing software): editing some songs
7. OpenOffice Writer: Editing a document
8. Audacity 1.3 Beta(A free Music Editing Software, open source): Editing a couple of songs
9. VLC: playing another video
10. Spotify: Playing some music
11. Replay Music: recording music from spotify to mp3-files

And I had some folders open with some shortcuts I have placed there. So it's working pretty good. Could be a bit laggy somtimes when editing some music files and at the same time listening to music from spotify. It was the music in spotify lagging. But it wasn't much lag. So thats a setup I can recommend
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28 Sep 2010   #28
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

you can tell alot from task manager to


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28 Sep 2010   #29
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

this is a better task manager go to this link>>>>> Extensions for Windows - The Unofficial Windows Upgrade


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28 Sep 2010   #30
truckerking

Windows 7 Professional 64bit Retail Swedish Version
 
 

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you can tell alot from task manager to
I know that
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