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Page file and virtual memory


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#1 daytonasteve

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:37 PM

Hope this is the correct forum. I'm running XP Pro with 1.5 GiG ram. I have my page file set at 3000. With 1.5 of ram I would expect the page file to rarely be tapped, especially for just word docs and e-mail however using the task manager performance feature, I see that I am using a constant 315MB of Page File. Just a straight line across, even when the CPU graph is moving.

Is this the way it is supposed to work, perhaps processes that run only in virtual memory. I have no applications running other than IE and I still have between 285 and 315MB of consumption.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:28 PM

Task Manager does not show the true Pagefile size being used at the current time. It shows the total memory that can be commited to pagefile in case it comes to using the pagefile. Even if you disable pagefile in the system settings, Task Manager would continue to show the PF usage.

More information : http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-...11-5071997.html

#3 daytonasteve

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 08:12 AM

Thank you , this information was very helpful. Unfortunatley the Page File Logger tool isn't available anymore but still this info was great.




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