You said that you have 408MB free space on you HD. This includes any amount already allocated for the swap file that you currently have. If you want to change the file to 160MB (as your first post), then you should be ok. The reason why it tells you that warning is because ME does not like YOU telling IT what to do. Logistics behind it-thats about it really.
A mentioned before that you should empty the recycle bin in Safe Mode. I was not aware of your free space at the time. You may want to consider defragging in Safe Mode prior to doing this change.
You will be using a greater portion of your HD for it, so you may want to look at how much free space you have after you have rebooted.
Remember, it may take 2 restarts to see a difference. From my estimates, you would be looking at about a 10% in overall speed. Especially when you have multiple applications open.
Now would be a good time to do a benchmark on your computer. Sure you could have yet another application open, but why waste CPU and RAM with it, when that is what you are testing
? Here is how to do a manual benchmark. Get some paper and something to write with along with a stopwatch.
1-You want to establish a general speed on your computer. Without making any changes, turn the computer off, just like you normally do. Start your timer as soon as you turn your computer on, and stop it when you are able to click an icon. You may even want to double-click it and stop the timer after it has opened up, and record the time as start-up base time. Open up 2 of your favorite applications and use the timer to see how long they take. Record these times on the paper as well, along with the names of the applications. Finally, shut the computer down, starting the timer when you begin the method, and finishing when the computer has shut down completely. This is your final log (again everything is on paper).
2-Now that you have some base times, it is time to tweak your system. Turn your computer on like normal or Safe Mode, if needed, and apply the needed changes. During this step, you do not have to log any times, because they will not really take effect until you have restarted the computer. When finished, turn the computer off like normal.
3-Here is where you start your timers back up again, so have your paper ready
. Turn the computer back on like normal, go through the same steps that you did with the base times, and log it. Open the same applications that you did before, and log those as well. Finally, turn the computer off for one final log time.
4-You may need to start the computer another time for similar testing. After this start, there should be all the difference that the tweak will make.
Out of curiousity, I would like for you to post back the log times. I am sure others would be curious
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.