6.1.2.12 Lab – Manage Virtual Memory in Windows 7 and Vista (Answers)

6.1.2.12 Lab – Manage Virtual Memory in Windows 7 and Vista (Answers)

Introduction

In this lab, you will customize virtual memory settings.

  • A computer with Windows 7 or Vista installed
  • The hard drive must have two or more partitions.

Note: At least 2GB of free space is recommended on the second partition.

Step 1: Open System Properties

a. Click Start > right-click Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings.

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b. The System Properties window opens. Select the Advanced tab and click Settings in the Performance area.

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c. The Performance Options window opens. Click the Advanced tab.

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What is the current size of the virtual memory (paging file)?
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Step 2: Make virtual memory changes.

a. Click Change in the Virtual memory area to open the Virtual Memory window.

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b. Remove the check mark from Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.

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What Drive [Volume Label] contains the paging file?
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c. Choose the I: drive. Select the Custom size: radio button.

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Note: Your drive letter and volume may be different than the example. Replace I: with the drive letter for your second partition on your PC.

What is the recommended paging file size for all drives?
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d. Enter a number smaller than the recommended file size in the Initial size (MB): field. Enter a number that is larger than the Initial size but smaller than the recommended file size in the Maximum size (MB): field. Click Set.

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e. Select the C: drive. Select the No paging file radio button, and click Set.

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f. The System Properties warning message displays. Click Yes.

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g. Click OK on the Virtual Memory window to accept the new virtual memory settings.

h. Click OK on the Performance Options window to close it.

i. Click OK on the System Properties window to close it.

Step 3: Navigate back to the Virtual Memory window to verify changes.

a. The System Properties window opens. Select the Advanced tab and click Settings in the Performance area.

b. The Performance Options window opens. Select the Advanced tab, and click Change.

c. The Virtual Memory window opens displaying the new paging file information. Verify that your changes have been made.

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What Drive [Volume Label] contains the paging file?
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Step 4: Reset the virtual memory back to the original settings.

a. Select drive C: [Local Disk] > System managed size > Set.

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b. Select I: > No paging file > Set.

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c. Check Automatically manage paging file size for all drives, and click OK.

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d. The System Properties window opens informing you that a restart is required before changes will take effect. Click OK.

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e. Click OK to close the Performance Options window. Click OK to close the System Properties window.

f. The warning message displays: You must restart your computer to apply these changes. Click Restart Now.

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Reflection

Why would you ever change the default virtual memory page file settings in Windows?
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