What is the recommended range of setting for virtual memory allocation in Windows?
- 4 times the installed RAM
- half of the installed RAM
- 1 to 3 times installed RAM
- the same as the installed RAM
While Windows can handle virtual memory allocation automatically and usually does a good job, increasing the allocation can improve performance. The virtual memory allocation should be between 1 and 3 times the size of the RAM.
Virtual memory is space on the hard drive used as memory is maxed out. When memory contention arises, the virtual memory manager moves items out of memory to the hard drive to free up more memory. When that bit of information is found to missing in memory, the VMM goes back to the page file on the hard drive and moves it back into memory. This process of moving items back and forth from real memory to virtual memory is called paging.
Objective: Host-based Analysis
Sub-Objective: Define these terms as they pertain to Microsoft Windows: Processes, Threads, Memory allocation, Windows Registry, WMI, handles, Services