How to Limit the Page File Size Group Policy

Written by matthew chorlton
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The Windows 7 operating system uses two types of memory for its operations. The first is physical memory called RAM. The second is virtual memory, which is a section of the computer's hard disk devoted to memory page functions. The amount of virtual memory on a Windows 7 computer can be increased and decreased according to a defined group policy. Limiting the page file size by group policy can be done by any user.

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  1. 1

    Log on to the Windows 7 computer using an account with administrative rights.

  2. 2

    Click "Start," right-click "Computer" and choose "Properties."

  3. 3

    Click "Advanced System Settings." Click the "Advanced" tab, select "Settings" under the Performance section and choose the "Advanced" tab.

  4. 4

    Click "Change" under the Virtual Memory section. Uncheck the "Automatically Manage Paging File Size" check box.

  5. 5

    Click the hard disk drive that contains the paging file you want to amend. Click "Custom Size" and type in a new size for the page file; for example, type "1000" if you want the page file to be 1GB. Click "Set" and reboot your Windows 7 computer.

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