Like the title says, this is another pagefile question. Everywhere I look, I find a different opinion, some say huge pagefile=good; others say small pagefile=good; and still others say "it depends".
Alright, so let me tell you my backstory here...
Many moons ago, before the Age of Spare Cash, I ran Windows XP on an old machine with only 320MB RAM and a 550MHz Intel Celeron processor.(
stop laughing!) I read about increasing the pagefile to improve performance. So, I increased the pagefile size to 2.5GB and moved the whole kit'n'kaboodle to a seperate disk (that is, an internal IDE disk which was not the boot drive).
I noticed a servicable increase in some respects, especially when playing certain games and when Windows forst booted. Alright, nifty, right? Right.
So, zoom ahead to today. Ye Olde Wussy Computer has been donated to a worthy cause (my neighbor's son, or as I call him "Geek-in-Training Billy"). Ye Newe Computer is a vast improvement: Intel Celeron D @ 2.66GHz with 1GB RAM (though 128MB is eaten by the onboard video, this will be rectified soon). Suffice it to say that Windows XP simply purrs now (Windows crashes much
faster now, it's such an improvement!
). When I (re)installed Windows with this setup, I never bothered to change the pagefile from the "Let Windows Decide what's good for you" setting, and it's giving me 1524MB.
And now, finally, the question: do I really need 1.5GB for the pagefile? Opinions?