6.1.2.12 Lab – Manage Virtual Memory in Windows 8 Answers

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6.1.2.12 Lab – Manage Virtual Memory in Windows 8 Answers

Lab – Manage Virtual Memory in Windows 8 (Answers Version)

Introduction

In this lab, you will customize virtual memory settings.

Recommended Equipment

  • A computer with Windows 8 installed
  • The hard drive must have two or more partitions

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

Answers Note: Set virtual memory for the two partitions used in the lab to be managed by the system. Start > right-click Computer, and click Properties > Advanced system settings > Performance Settings > Advanced tab > Change. Place a check mark in the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box.

Step 1: Open System Properties

  1. Right-click Start and select System.
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    Note: In Windows 8.0, bring up the charms menu, click Search, type computer and press Enter. Right-Click on Computer in the left pane of the Computer window and select Properties.

  2. In the System window, click Advanced system settings.

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

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  4. The Performance Options window opens. Click the Advanced tab.
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    What is the current size of the virtual memory (paging file)?____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers may vary. The example shows 640 MB

Step 2: Make virtual memory changes.

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

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  2. Remove the check mark from Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 12.47.38.pngWhat Drive [Volume Label] contains the paging file?____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers may vary. In the example, the answer is C [Local Disk]:
  3. Choose the I: drive. Select the Custom size: radio button.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 12.48.51.pngNote: 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?____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers will vary. In the example, the answer is 2047 MB.
  4. 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.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 12.51.29.png
  5. Select the C: drive. Select the No paging file radio button, and click Set.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 12.55.35.png
  6. The System Properties warning message displays. Click Yes.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 12.57.01.png
  7. Click OK on the Virtual Memory window to accept the new virtual memory settings.
  8. Click OK on the Performance Options window to close it.
  9. Click OK on the System Properties window to close it.

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

  1. The System Properties window opens. Select the Advanced tab and click Settings in the Performance area.
  2. The Performance Options window opens. Select the Advanced tab and click Change.
  3. The Virtual Memory window opens displaying the new paging file information. Verify that your changes have been made.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 12.59.22.pngWhat Drive [Volume Label] contains the paging file?____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers may vary. In the example the answer is I [ITE]

Step 4: Reset the virtual memory back to the original settings.

  1. Select drive C: [Local Disk] > System managed size > Set.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 13.00.17.png
  2. Select I: > No paging file > Set.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 13.01.21.png
  3. Check Automatically manage paging file size for all drives, and then click OK.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 13.02.46.png
  4. The System Properties window opens informing you that a restart is required before changes will take effect. Click OK.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 13.03.37.png
  5. Click OK to close the Performance Options window. Click OK to close the System Properties window.
  6. The warning message displays: You must restart your computer to apply these changes. Click Restart Now.\\psf\Home\Dropbox\Screenshots\Screenshot 2015-09-01 13.04.39.png

Reflection

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

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Answers will vary. With a default installation, Windows creates the virtual memory page file in the root folder on the same drive which the systems files are stored. Over time, this drive may run out of free space, which would cause system problems. You could free up space on that drive by moving the virtual memory page file to a different drive. Another reason you may want to move the virtual memory page file is that possibly you have added a faster drive, an SSD for example, and you want to move your virtual memory page file to that drive in an attempt to speed up Windows response times.