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A Guide to Freeing Memory when Upgrading Windows System

When you find a little trouble because of an unexpected error while upgrading your system to a newer version of Windows, you are exactly doing the wrong thing.

Upgrading to a newer version is a thing some clients do to enjoy a more high quality of performance and visual effects or even because they find it more convenient to use for their other applications.

But when you are on the verge of upgrading and a dialogue box has appeared indicating an error message regarding the process, well then it would mean another story.

How come?

The main thing you should think first is the virtual memory.

What is a virtual memory?

Memory is defined, in a technological way, as a partition that stores important things used to complete your system such as parts of the operating system, your applications and some important data.

Specifically, a virtual is a memory, often as simulated on a hard disk, is used to stimulate an additional free memory for storage. It allows software or applications to be stored in a memory space.

Although we say that computers nowadays have far grown into a bigger memory size, it is still comes to insufficient because applications and software have also increased their memory size due to some enhancements stored along their parts.

Clearly, without proper sufficient memory which is required in updating a Windows Operating System, the process would never be successful thus resulting to an error.


When the main issue of the problem is on memory, then one must consider of doing something by clearing out the space taken. Remember that bigger size requires bigger space.

With this, we can think of clearing out the space by freeing up the space on the desired storage location or moving some files in order to give way to a larger one.

To be able to refrain from encountering this kind of error in the future or to be able to resolve when encountered, the following guides are made:

Disk Clean-up

Everybody is familiar of this system tools because of its useful usage particularly in clearing up useless files or data that are still stored in your computers.

To be able to use disk cleanup you must click the ‘Start” button first and then the “All Programs” and find the “Accessories”, then the “System Tools” and eventually the “Disk Cleanup”.

Now, you can start to choose what file or memory space you want to start clearing.

External Location. The use of DVD’s, CD’s or USB storage is another way of clearing files especially if you still want to go back for it when you need it.

Moving to Desired Volume

This can be done by signing to administrator and going to the “Start” button. After that, look for “Computer” and then to the “advanced Settings” and to the “System Properties”. There, look up for “Advance Tab” and the settings under performance; then your performance options to the “Advance Tab” and change it. Go to “Automatically Manage Files in all drives” and note for the recommended sign; then customize the recommended initial size to the box and then type in also the allowable maximum size on the designated box and click “Set”. In the Drive List, click the location where you have stored in the windows system and set to “No Paging File”. If asked, click “Yes” and “Ok” then restart the computer.

With this guide and recommendations, you will now be able to manage the problem or even refrain yourself for encountering the same error again.

How to Turn System Restore ON or OFF

The System Restore facility is a simple system that keeps a regular track about the various changes taking place in your computer’s files and thereafter. The system  incorporates a unique feature called the System Protection for restoring these points. By default, this system Protection feature is turned on in the hard disk wherein the Windows system is actually installed. However, you also have the option to turn on this System Restore feature for all other disks by simply turning on their system protection features.

Turning on the system protection feature for the desired disk

For the disks formatted with FAT or even FAT32 file systems, the System Protection feature cannot be turned on. For the other remaining disks, follow the below mentioned steps.

1.Start the system by clicking onto the Start button. Now right-click on the Computer option and click on its Properties.

2. Now click on System protection in the left pane. In case you are asked for an      administrator password, enter your password or any other confirmation details asked.

3. In the Protection Settings, simply click onto the disk for which you wish to turn on the protection feature and then click on Configure.

4. Now select one of the following points:

  • In order to enable the restore system settings along with its previous versions for the files, Click on the Restore System Settings And Previous Versions Of Files.
  • In order to enable only the restore previous versions of all the files, Click on Only Restore Previous Versions Of Files.

5. Finally, once all the above mentioned steps are followed, click on OK. Again click on OK in order to turn on the system protection feature.

Turning off the system protection feature for the desired disk

When you turn off the System Protection for a particular disk, it basically deletes all its restore points. Without these restore points, you cannot restore the disk content unless you again turn on the System Protection and the new restoration points are created freshly. Turning off the protection also particularly deletes all the previous versions of the files which were stored in the disk. This previously stored data was the basic information that was stored by Windows along with the restore points. Well, if you are now interested in turning off the System Protection for a particular disk, follow the below given points.

1. Start the system by clicking onto the Start button. Now right-click on the Computer option and click on its Properties.

2. Now click on System protection in the left pane. In case you are asked for an      administrator password, enter your password or any other confirmation details asked.

3. In the Protection Settings, simply click onto the disk for which you wish to turn off the protection feature and then click on Configure.

4. And lastly, Click on the option, “Turn Off System Protection”. After you click on this click on OK. In order to apply this change you just made, Again Click on OK.

How to Start your Computer in Safe Mode

A troubleshooting option available in a Windows system, the start mode helps you start your computer but in a very restricted state. It allows you to start your computer with only a few basic files and also drivers which are needed for the Windows to run successfully. Your usage gets restricted once you start your computer in the safe mode. The startup programs in the most common situations don’t run successfully in the safe mode. Generally, the safe mode proves to be a very useful system for all types of troubleshooting issues related to the drivers and programs which cause the Windows to not start correctly. Also, if the problem fails to appear on the screen as you turn on the safe mode, you have the chance to eliminate the scheduled default settings along with the other basic device drivers which probably may be the cause for the starting issue. There are also chances that a newly installed program in your computer prevents the Windows from starting normally. In such situations, you can easily start the computer in its safe mode and later delete the particular program. Well, in case if you are not aware of how to start your computer in its safe mode then simply follow procedure mentioned below.

1. If you have any CD, floppy disk, DVD, etc. inserted into your computer, simply remove it from your computer. Now try to restart your computer again.Click on to the Start button in your computer and then click on the arrow located right next to the Shut Down button. Here click on Restart.

2. Select one of the given options:

  • In case your computer has just one single OS installed in it, then press F8 and hold it for sometime while your computer restarts. The F8 key should be pressed before the Windows logo appears onto your computer screen. However, if the windows logo appears before you press F8, then you will have to try it all over again until you are finally prompted by Windows logon message. Now shut down and then again restart the computer.
  • In case your computer is installed with more than one OS, then make use of the arrow keys to simply highlight the particular operating system which needs to be started in the safe mode. Now press the F8 keys.

3. As the Advanced Boot Options screen appears, highlight the safe mode using the arrow keys for the option you wish to select. Now press Enter.

4. Finally, log onto your computer using the user account with the administrator rights.

Just as your computer starts in the Safe Mode, you will notice these words, Safe Mode written in one of the corners of your computer monitor. Well, in order to simply exit this safe mode, you will have to restart your computer and then let it start normally.In this way, you can start your computer in the safe mode easily and then take up your backup or follow any process based on the requirements.

How to Keep Windows Defender Definitions Up to Date

Windows defender definitions are a set of files that are similar  to a virus database of anti-virus software. Without up to date Windows defender definition files, Windows defender is less effective against newer threats of spyware and unwanted software components. Automatic or manual, a regularly executed update to the Windows defender definition files is as important as the Windows defender itself for a secured system.

Windows defender

Windows defender is the inbuilt piece of security software in Windows OS. It blocks many types of spyware and unwanted software which could creep into the system specially when connected to public networks such as the internet. It also launches a scan upon detecting a suspicious file within the system, but an automatic scan that initiates periodically can be set up on the Windows defender settings. Updating the definition files are the only maintenance that Windows defender requires in order to work up to its full potential.

Why update?

Keeping the defender definition files up to date is very important in the process of preventing spyware attacks. Newly created spyware and other malware are exposed to networks much too often, that Windows defender needs a method to expand its knowledge base about the latest spyware. Simply if Windows defender does not know about certain spyware, obviously it won’t be able to detect and remove those threats accordingly.

Automatic update

Updates of Windows defender definition files are by default set to be automatically updated along with the periodic windows system update. The frequency, the date and time and other aspects of defender definition file updates can be changed to suit the user’s schedules accordingly. However the Windows defender in Windows 7 has been optimized with not only extra scan features but also to give less impact on the computer’s performance. So a background update of the Windows defender in Windows 7 does not put much strain on the Windows resources.

Manual update

Manual updates are possible with Windows defender, but the problem with manual updates is that it does not take place on a regular basis and the user has to somehow remember to update the files regularly. This creates a huge flaw on the Windows defender mechanism, given the prominence that it has to keeping the definition files up to date, irregularly executed manual updates are just unacceptable.

‘Action center’ is the latest streamlined center for keeping the system sanitized and smooth. Windows defender is now a part of ‘Action center’ and the defender in Windows 7 are filled with latest features that ensures extended scanning options, simpler notification methods and less impact on the system resources and performance. The capabilities and new features are all in vain unless the Windows defender definitions are kept up to date.

How to Start System Restore through Command Prompt

A tool which allows the automatic monitoring and recording of any changes which are made to the core Windows system files and to the registry is known as System Restore.  If a change brings an imbalance in the system then System Restore can undo the system to a point in time when your computer was known to function correctly. For instance, your important data is lost and if your computer is not working, System Restore can bring back that information which might be very crucial for you.

Essentials One must be logged on to Windows with a user account that is a computer administrator to complete the following steps. If a new program has made the computer to act randomly, and uninstalling the new program did not help, you can try the Windows XP System Restore tool.

If there is no previously set restore point in System Restore, computer cannot be restored to a previous state. In case of uncertainty or restore point is not set, Support Center should be contacted.

In order to start System Restore using the Command prompt follow these steps: at first, computer needs to be started followed by the pressing and holding of F8 key during the initial startup to start the computer in safe mode with a Command prompt. Next, the arrow keys should be used to select the Safe mode with a Command prompt option. In case you are prompted to select an operating system, use the arrow keys to select the appropriate operating system for your computer, and after that press ENTER.

One has to log on as an administrator or with an account that has administrator identification. At the command prompt, you must type%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and subsequently press ENTER. Lastly, the instructions should be followed which appear on the screen to restore the computer to a working and functional state.

In order to access System Restore tool with an additional safe mode option, the Microsoft Help and Support Web site can be visited and the article “A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP” can be referred to.

Running the windows using the command prompt is just a few steps. But the instructions need to be followed properly. A step by step guidance is available for the users. Starting System Restore in safe mode with command prompt is easy. But, in case, the above methods did not resolve your issue, you may want to ask someone you know for help, or you may want to contact your ISP service or network administrator for help.

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