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  • How to Configure Virtual Memory Usage On Windows 7?

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    As you may already know, RAM memory (Random-access memory) is the fastest memory device where your CPU can write and read data. All programs use RAM memory and depending on the complexity of their tasks, they may be more or less RAM demanding. 

    RAM memory is managed by a running software and operation system, so it can’t be accessed directly like other storage devices such as SSD/HDD, Flash memory or DVD.

    No matter if you are playing a video-game, surfing internet, watching movie or using programs such as Photoshop or Microsoft Office, your RAM memory is constantly being exploited.

     

    What happens when you run out of RAM memory?

    Well this is the moment when virtual memory takes place. Virtual memory is the amount of memory which will be “borrowed” from a hard disk, to make it possible to continue working even if RAM memory is full. This is usually the moment when your computer slows down drastically, since writing/reading to the HDD is significantly slower. To avoid this kind of behavior, software is usually designed to preserve RAM memory as much as possible, using virtual memory for less prioritized processes.

    When using virtual memory, Windows is designed to put all the data in pagefile.sys file. So if you stumble upon this file in the root level of your HDD partition (usually C:), do not try to delete or move it since this file is protected and locked by Windows OS.

     

    Follow next steps to configure virtual memory usage for optimal working performances

    1. Go to  your start menu and type “advanced system settings” into the search field. Click on the search result saying View advanced system settings.

    2. Select Advanced tab under System Properties window and click Settings button under Performance area. Performance Options window will appear.

    3. Select Advanced tab and click on Change button under Virtual memory area. 

    4. Now you finally reached Virtual Memory window. All HDD and/or SSD partitions will be listed for you to choose where paging file (pagefile.sys) will be created. If selected partition belongs to SSD drive, it will perform much faster then HDD, but keep in mind that you should never drop below, at least 10gb of available space on selected drive. If the size of pagefile.sys exceeds the available disk space, running programs will probably hang or crash, sometimes even reporting memory related errors. If this happens, check the selected drive and try to free some space there. 

    Once you selected where paging file will be created, select System managed size and hit the Set button. After this, go through all other drives and choose No paging file, hitting Set button each time. This way you’ll have only one pagefile.sys file at selected location, which is the best option for optimal performance.

    5. Clicking OK button at the bottom of Virtual Memory window, and all other windows. Restart dialog will prompt saying “You must restart your computer to apply these changes”, select Restart Now and wait for your system to reboot.

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  • How to Fix 0xc000007b Application Error (Windows 7 64bit)

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    The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click OK to close the application.

    Most frequently happens with these games:

    Assassins Creed IV Black Flag ( AC4BFSP.exe )
    Battlefield 4 ( bf4.exe )
    Call of Duty: Ghosts ( iw6mp64_ship.exe )
    The Elder Scrolls Skyrim ( SkyrimLauncher.exe )
    Diablo 3 ( Diablo III.exe )
    Dirt 3 ( dirt3_game.exe )
    Watch Dogs ( Watch_Dogs.exe )
    Just Cause 2 Multiplayer ( JcmpLauncher.exe )
    Child of Light ( ChildofLight.exe )
    Grand Theft Auto V (GTA5.exe)

     

    AC4BFSP.exe 0xc000007b Application Error

    This is a very common error that sometimes occurs when trying to run some DirectX games or applications. According to numerous articles all across the internet, it occurs when a 32-bit application is trying to interact with 64-bit system environment. Although Windows XP may sometimes returns a similar error, it most commonly happens in Windows 7 64-bit. There are many solutions to this problem, but none of them is 100% effective. Yet, there are couple of tricks that will solve this trouble in the highest number of cases.

    Before trying more complicated methods, there are few simple ways which may help solving 0xc000007b or any other similar error. These are:

     

    Reinstall the application

    Uninstall the application which gives you an error and install it again. During installation, pay attention to these:
    1. Turn off your antivirus software before starting the installation.
    2. Accept any additional software offered during installation process, since it may be crucial for running your application properly. You can skip things such as search bars, antivirus scanners, registry cleaners and the other software which isn’t directly related to the application.
    3. Install an application to the system partition (C:). Although this shouldn’t matter, it’s been proven that some apps may return an error if installed on a logical partition.

     

    Run application as administrator

    Right click on your application and choose “Run as administrator”. This will give additional privileges to the application and sometimes may help fixing some errors. If this method eliminates the error, you can set your application to always run with an administrator privileges. To do this, choose Properties from right-click menu, select Compatibility tab and check “Run this program as an administrator” option.

     

    Run application in Windows XP compatibility mode

    Try running your program in compatibility mode for Windows XP. Although this feature is for programs that were originally designed for Windows XP, it is known that it can also help repairing errors caused by a newer software. Right click on your application and choose Properties from a right-click menu, go to Compatibility tab and select compatibility mode for Windows XP.

     

    Check hard disk for errors

    Application errors and problems may also be repaired by performing disk error checking. Simply right-click on the drive where your application is installed and choose Properties. Select Tools tab and click on Check now button. If it is your primary partition that you are trying to check for errors, it will schedule a disc check for the next system reboot. In that case, restart your PC and wait for a disk check procedure to finish.

     

    If your error is still happening, the problem may require a little bit more attention to be solved. Proceed to the next page to see Method 1

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