Getting Ready for Work

Getting Ready for Work

Windows 9x uses a virtual memory manager (VMM) that includes default settings for how much drive space is to be used for virtual memory. For the average user, the default settings should meet your needs. However, for users that have more than one hard disk drive or require speed-tuning their system, some manual configuration of the virtual memory system may be required.

To configure virtual memory on a Windows 9x system, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel and double-click the System icon to open the System Properties window.

  2. Click the Performance tab, and click the Virtual Memory button.

  3. In the Virtual Memory settings window, click the Let Me Specify My Own Virtual Memory Settings option (assuming that you want to do this) to activate the configuration options.

  4. Choose the hard drive that you want to configure, assuming that you have more than one.

    If you have only one drive, skip to Step 6.

  5. I recommend that you split the virtual memory equally between the physical hard drives that are installed in the PC.

  6. In the Minimum box, enter the smallest hard drive space that you want virtual memory to allocate on the currently chosen hard drive.

    The minimum should be 2MB.

  7. In the Maximum box, set the largest space for virtual memory.

    You can assign as much drive space as you want to virtual memory, up to and including the total space on the hard drive. (This is not recommended if you have only one drive in the PC.) A safe maximum is two times the amount of system RAM. The default is 12MB more than the amount of RAM in the PC.

  8. Close the dialog boxes to return to the Control Panel, and if you are not asked to do so, restart the PC.

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