Anyone know how to increase Registry Size and Virtual Memory ????????

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Found 21st Sep 2008
I have a computer at work that is getting slower and slower and slower.

It uses Windows 2000 SP4, and I keep gewtting messages about Registry Size needs increasing and occasionally about increasing Virtual Memory.

I've gotta be careful as it's a work PC, but can anyone advise how to remedy these problems I keep running into?

Thanks in advance.

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might help ?

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To increase registry quota Control Panel|System|Performance|Change, then
under "Registry Size" you can set the value to a higher number.

Install more RAM instead. You of course can increase the Virtual Memory, but I don't think it is the complete answer. After installing to the highest possible RAM my laptop has never complained about Virtual Memory.

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snowtiger;3017331

http://www.delete-computer-history.com/increase-virtual-memory.htmlmight … http://www.delete-computer-history.com/increase-virtual-memory.htmlmight help ?&To increase registry quota Control Panel|System|Performance|Change, thenunder "Registry Size" you can set the value to a higher number.



http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk196/kyalion/untitled-1.jpg

This is how it looks before I do anything. Looks OK to you?
I'm nervous about the delete computer history option, as it will no doubt erase things (passwords/cookies/access rights) to certain work related programmes I need. No hesitation at home, but work is a whole different thing.

Thanks.

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Predikuesi;3017404

Install more RAM instead. You of course can increase the Virtual Memory, … Install more RAM instead. You of course can increase the Virtual Memory, but I don't think it is the complete answer. After installing to the highest possible RAM my laptop has never complained about Virtual Memory.



Again, at home - no worries. But this is a work PC :x
Cheers

kyalion;3017415

Again, at home - no worries. But this is a work PC :xCheers



Just get them to cough up the money for the RAM. I would not tamper with the settings of your work computer, unless you are confident of doing the job successfully.

Looking at the pic above, I really don't think any increase of settings is going to achieve anything dramatic. Leave well alone.

Yeah I was having problems with extremely slow pc's due to lack of RAM. My desktop had a pitiful 256mb of RAM, while my laptop had only 512mb, to do 2-3 operations at once kills the pc speed.

I finally ordered some more ram via play.com. I got 4x 1GB RAM sticks coming, 2 meant for the desktop, 2 meant for the laptop.

No more slow pc's for me!

Incidentally fyi the RAM cost me £14.99 a piece for the laptop ram and 16.99 each for the desktop RAM

robtallica;3017436

Yeah I was having problems with extremely slow pc's due to lack of RAM. … Yeah I was having problems with extremely slow pc's due to lack of RAM. My desktop had a pitiful 256mb of RAM, while my laptop had only 512mb, to do 2-3 operations at once kills the pc speed.I finally ordered some more ram via play.com. I got 4x 1GB RAM sticks coming, 2 meant for the desktop, 2 meant for the laptop.No more slow pc's for me!Incidentally fyi the RAM cost me £14.99 a piece for the laptop ram and 16.99 each for the desktop RAM




Exactly!:-D

you would need to call your works IT person to increase pagefile size

kyalion;3017405

This is how it looks before I do anything. Looks OK to you?



You can increase the size of the registry, I think they must have upped the default setting anyway since mine is at 54mb and I certainly haven't touched it.

The virtual memory should be plenty already though, if 1GB isn't sufficient then either the computer hardware isn't up to the job or there's a problem somewhere. How much memory does it have?

You need to understand WHY you are getting messages about increasing Virtual Memory.

Every program you start on your computer is loaded into REAL memory (RAM) - including Windows.

Sometimes you get too many programs running and REAL memory fills up.

To get round this Windows temporarily copies data out of REAL memory onto your hard disk. The area that Windows uses to store this data on your hard disk is called VIRTUAL memory.

Now real memory is very fast, but a hard disk is fairly slow (in relative terms) so when Windows copies data from REAL memory to VIRTUAL memory that is a slow operation (in computer terms).

But suppose Windows needs to copy data back FROM Virtual memory back into REAL memory (because it needs it).

To free up space it needs to copy OTHER data OUT of REAL memory INTO VIRTUAL memory.

This constant swapping of data in and out of VIRTUAL memory is called Thrashing and once it starts your computer can grind to a halt.

You have 3 solutions:

1) Get more RAM (as has been suggested). This will reduce the need for so much Virtual memorey

2) Your hard disk may be full up so there is not much room for Virtual memory. Clear some space on the hard disk (back up files or move them to another disk). This will allow Windows to make a bigger Virtual memoey area.

3) Close down programs you dont need. This will reduce the load on your REAL memory and you will not need to much VIRTUAL memory.

(Actually you have a 4th option - reinstall Windows. This will give you a brand new smaller registry. Then you only need to reinstall those programs that you want and need).

Of course the BEST solution is to go out and buy a new computer.
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