How can I configure my system cache setting?

A. Desktop machines and servers typically perform different functions. Whereas desktops typically run applications in the foreground that require only available memory, servers typically require additional memory for file or data caching. If you use a desktop or server outside its typical role (e.g., a desktop computer as a file server), you can modify the cache setting by performing the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management registry subkey.
  3. Double-click LargeSystemCache, set it to 0 for desktop mode or 1 for server mode, then click OK.
  4. Close the registry editor.
  5. Restart the computer for the change to take effect.

Be careful when changing this registry setting. Incorrectly setting the LargeSystemCache value can degrade performance (e.g., if you're running Microsoft SQL Server and you set the cache to desktop mode).

A. Desktop machines and servers typically perform different functions. Whereas desktops typically run applications in the foreground that require only available memory, servers typically require additional memory for file or data caching. If you use a desktop or server outside its typical role (e.g., a desktop computer as a file server), you can modify the cache setting by performing the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management registry subkey.
  3. Double-click LargeSystemCache, set it to 0 for desktop mode or 1 for server mode, then click OK.
  4. Close the registry editor.
  5. Restart the computer for the change to take effect.

Be careful when changing this registry setting. Incorrectly setting the LargeSystemCache value can degrade performance (e.g., if you're running Microsoft SQL Server and you set the cache to desktop mode).

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