Well, when there's more room in the physical RAM, it would seem that there would be less need for a paging file - but this isn't necessarily the case. Some programs insist upon a paging file (video games in particular) and need it to operate - so the rule should still hold.
The 1.5x rule is a generalization based on how Windows does stuff - and it doesn't consider unusual situations or programs that don't behave as Windows expects they should.
I've got 4 gB of RAM and only a 1 gB pagefile on my Vista system. I've had some issues with delays recently that are causing me to consider increasing the size of the pagefile (but I'm just too lazy to get around to it). Back when I had Windows XP, I did away with the page file (with 4 gB of RAM) for 6 months without any problems. And put the pagefile back when a game insisted on having one.
The best way (IMO) to adjust the pagefile size is by watching it in Task Manager and resizing it according to what you see there. If you'd like to monitor it, I found this article that tells how to setup monitoring in XP (haven't tried it myself): http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-...11-5073570.html
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