Solved Force XP to use only RAM first, then Pagefile

Dell Dimension 8300 desktop
July 20, 2011 at 09:42:57
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.20GHz, 4 Gigabytes RAM
In my computer, I have 4 GB of RAM installed, and I rarely get below 2 GB free. In Task Manager, it shows that 581 MB of Pagefile is being used, and there is 3.1 GB of Physical Memory free. So I was wondering if there was any way I could force XP to use all of my Physical Memory first, then move to the Pagefile once the memory runs out?

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#1
July 20, 2011 at 10:16:46
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You are misunderstanding what Task Manager is telling you.
Some things to understand:

1. The memory labeled as "Available" is not all free. Most of this is actually in use. In a modern OS having memory in use and available is not a contradiction. Nothing in Task Manager will show actual free memory.

2. The graphs labeled as "PF Usage" and "Page file usage history" are not actually showing pagefile usage at all. This is really the same as the commit charge but displayed in different units. The commit charge is difficult to explain but all you really need to know about it is that it should be well below the commit limit.

Actual pagefile usage will usually be well under what the graph implies. There is no way to tell actual pagefile usage in Task Manager.

Your computer is working as it was designed to work. There is nothing wrong, nothing to fix. The actual use of the pagefile is far more complex that you imagine.

I don't know why Microsoft labeled those graphs as they did. This has caused enormous confusion, even among some computer professionals.


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#2
July 20, 2011 at 10:34:45
Along the lines of Lmiller7's explaination here is a good review on the subject

http://www.techrepublic.com/article...

There is nothing you have control over concerning how paging is handled.

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#3
July 20, 2011 at 10:35:35
Don't. Rest assured that XP is better at managing memory than you are.

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July 20, 2011 at 11:43:38
Okay, thanks all for your help!

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