With every release of a new operating system come new demands and Windows Vista is by large no exception to this rule.
There are several relevant components to the Windows memory subsystem. In this guide we will put special emphasis on the hard drive, processor and RAM, taking you through a variety of settings to optimally configure these and hopefully end up with an overall smoother running system.
Note: Most of the information and setting modifications covered here will require Administrative privileges.
Troubleshooting — For starters, it's always good practice making sure you have the latest Vista updates installed. For the purpose of this guide this is important as in many instances they may fix memory related issues, e.g. memory leaks, not releasing memory, etc. You can find and download relevant Vista updates using the built-in Windows Update, while hardware driver updates can be found at TechSpot Drivers. For application-specific updates check the developer/application site or use any built-in auto-update facility.
Registry Options — The System Registry contains several settings which will allow to further configure memory management features in Windows Vista. Used properly this can further improve your PC's memory subsystem performance - there are also several placebos we need to clear up as well.
To access the Registry click on Start, Run. Type in regedit and click Ok. Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management].