Pagefile.sys



W. Clinton Terry
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
Can the pagefile.sys be changed. It is occupying 2gb of space. I do have
2gb ram, however. If it can be changed, then I would like to consider what
happens when I change it....that is, whether it slows things down
appreciably. Thanks.

W. Clinton Terry

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
In news:pXNge.17977$0i3.16929@bignews3.bellsouth.net,
W. Clinton Terry <terrywc@bellsouth.net> typed:

> Can the pagefile.sys be changed. It is occupying 2gb of space.


Can its *size* be changed? Yes.

Right-click My Computer and choose Properties. On the Advanced
tab, under Performance, click Settings. On the Advanced tab,
under Virtual Memory, click Change.


> I do
> have 2gb ram, however. If it can be changed, then I would like
> to
> consider what happens when I change it....that is, whether it
> slows
> things down appreciably. Thanks.


Unless you are an unusual user, running very memory-hungry
applications, the combination of 2GB of RAM and 2GB of page file
is *far* more than you need. You can almost certainly lower the
initial size to something around 200MB with no impact on
performance at all.

Try it. If you don't like the results, it's easy enough to change
it back or try another setting.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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Ron Martell
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
"W. Clinton Terry" <terrywc@bellsouth.net> wrote:

>Can the pagefile.sys be changed. It is occupying 2gb of space. I do have
>2gb ram, however. If it can be changed, then I would like to consider what
>happens when I change it....that is, whether it slows things down
>appreciably. Thanks.
>
>W. Clinton Terry
>

For detailed information see the article by the late Alex Nichol MVP
on Virtual Memory Management in Windows XP at
http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.htm

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
http://aumha.org/alex.htm


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