Load drivers and the Windows kernel in memory

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By default, the drivers and the Windows kernel is loaded into virtual memory (swap file), in layman's terms they are loaded on a virtual space on the hard disk. If you have enough RAM is available, it is possible to force load kernel and drivers in RAM (memory), which can significantly improve system performance. However, if the amount of RAM available is not large enough, this can block your system

The recommended values of RAM for XP and 2000 are respectively 128 and 256 MB or twice if intensive applications are used. Under Windows 7, it is recommended to have at least 4GB of RAM.

To change this setting:
  • Open the Registry Editor : Start > Run> regedit
  • Locate the following entry:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Control>Session Manager>Memory Management
  • Create or edit the DisablePagingExecutive key (DWORD type) and give it the value of 1 (default 0).

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Published by jak58. Latest update on October 12, 2011 at 04:07 PM by jak58.
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