Mailbag 23/09/2010 – Windows 7 Server Mode

The main problem I have been hearing this week is people using windows 7 as a file server or people trying to access their windows 7 machine in some way from a Windows XP machine. This is fine if the windows 7 pc gets regularly restarted, the reason for this, not fully known to me, is that windows 7 has an issue with memory allocation to system non-paged pool.

You may be getting this error log issued to your event logs:

Source: srv
Event ID: 2017
Level: Error
Description: The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.

The fix is just a simple registry change below:

Set the following registry key to ‘1′:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache

and set the following registry key to ‘3′:

This should definitely sort out the problem, if not please let me know.

I found a fix many months ago unfortunately I am unsure where I got it from, so I am not able to give recognition to the correct person.

Speed up your PC

01 Launch New Folders In Different Areas

If you regularly work with large number of folder windows at the same time, you can quickly and easily improve the stability of your PC. By default, each folder you open occupies the same area of RAM. This means that Microsoft Windows XP has to do a great deal of shuffling as you flick between windows, potentially leading to crashes. In the control panel, double click Folder Options and move to the view tab. Scroll down the list in the lower portion of the dialogue box and tick “launch folder windows in a separate process” click OK.

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