Question about Windows XP Page File

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  1. gracie123

    gracie123 Registered Member

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  2. Devinco

    Devinco Registered Member

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    Hi Gracie,

    While your computer won't explode by setting it to No paging file, I would leave it on system managed size. Windows XP handles the page file much better than older versions of windows. Programs assume there will be 4 Gigabytes of memory available even though they may not use it all. If this memory is not available in the RAM, then it will look to store it on the hard drive (in the page file). If there is no page file and you run a lot of programs or a few programs that hog a lot of memory, then you may run into problems.

    Here is a very good article about it that Notok provided the link to:
    http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.htm
     
  3. Rico

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    Hi All,

    I seem to remember, the old rule of thumb was 1.5 times the amount of physical RAM you have. Allowing windows to manage the pagefile, fragmentation occurs, therefore you set the pagefile's initial & max. size to the same value.

    Take care
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    scroll down to :
    on that article

     
  5. gracie123

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    Thanks everyone for the replys. All the information was useful :).

    Gracie
     
  6. Howard Kaikow

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    That's obsolete.

    See http://www.standards.com/index.html?PageFileUsageMonitor
     
  7. Rico

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    Hi Guys,

    I think if windows manages the page file: initial size is 1.5 & max size 3 times. So why not let windows manage its pagefile?

    Thanks
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  8. Howard Kaikow

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    Because that wastes space and increases fragmentation.
     
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