Virtual Memory in Windows® 7 System
Are you interested to learn about the role of virtual memory in Windows 7 system and the need to changing its size?
Virtual memory is the most important part of your operating system as it provides a lot of benefits for you at very low cost. Suppose, if the available RAM in your PC is not enough for running the applications in your PC then in this case your PC can make use of the virtual memory. In the absence of virtual memory, your PC will not be able to load the applications in case if the RAM space is not enough. With the help of virtual memory, your PC looks at the areas of RAM which are not recently used and will copy them into the hard disk so as to load the applications into that free up space of RAM. Then, as this copying is happening automatically your PC will think that the RAM has unlimited space. Each process in your PC has its own virtual memory known as the address space into which the data that codes the references and manipulates are mapped.
The following are the role, need and tips to change the size of the virtual memory Windows 7 system:
- Run more applications
- Need of changing the size
- Tips to change the size
Run more applications
With the help of virtual memory in Windows 7 system, you can run more applications in your PC. Then, with less amount of RAM, you can run larger applications in your PC easily. As virtual memory uses file mapping to code the data, the applications in your PC will launch quickly. The need of buying the additional memory to run the applications in your PC is also eliminated.
Need of changing the size
The virtual memory in your PC comprises the paging file and physical memory. Windows 7 usually moves the data from paging file to memory, and vice-versa. Thus, when you receive messages from your PC which indicates that your virtual memory is low, then there is a need of changing the size of your virtual memory. For that, you may need to increase the minimum size of your virtual memory.
The first and the most important thing that you have to consider is the amount of RAM available in your PC while changing the size of virtual memory. Windows 7 operating system needs at least 1 GB of RAM. For changing the size of virtual memory, you can go to the 'System and Maintenance' option in the 'Control Panel'. Then, from the 'Advanced' tab, click the 'Change' option under 'Virtual Memory'.
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