Pagefile.sys too small?

August 1, 2009 at 02:38:54
Specs: Win XP Home SP3, 4gb
I ran a program called SequoiaView which gives a graphical indication of the contents of the HDD
It showed the following:
1.5Gb of Program files
2.5Gb of music My Documents
2.5 Gb of files to do with the OS
2.0 Gb of Pagefile.sys

Googling "Pagefile", I found suggestions that it should be 1.5 times the RAM (I have 4Gb).
The advice seemed to relate to much smaller amounts of RAM
Does that "Rule of Thumb" apply when there is lots of RAM?


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August 1, 2009 at 02:46:49
no. let windows handle it

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August 1, 2009 at 04:17:34
The 1.5 times RAM idea was something that grew up with Windows 98. Windows 98 was a hybrid system of both 16 bit and 32 bit software using both real mode and protected mode CPU operations. This tended to make memory management problematic.

Windows XP is a 32 bit system that only uses projected mode operations so memory management is considerably easier and a lot more efficient.

Set the page file to let Windows handle it automatically. There should be no need to start manipulating it yourself unless you have some unusual requirements and then you need to know exactly how the page file works and what it does.


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August 1, 2009 at 05:49:05
RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff
HOWTO: Set Performance Options in Windows XP
How to Configure Paging Files for Optimization and Recovery in Windows XP
How to Clear the Windows Paging File at Shutdown
How To Move the Paging File in Windows XP

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