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Is It Possible To Increase The Size Of The Page Under Windows Xp Pro ?


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#1 nosh

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 10:07 AM

Sometimes I find it convenient to keep several files / web pages open at a time.
This often leads to a warning message that “page utilization is more than 90 %”. – and leads to system hang-up.

Is it possible to increase the size of the page under Windows XP Pro ? If so, how is it done ?
This would make it possible to continue working with several files / web pages open at a time.

My thanks, in advance, for any guidance that I may receive.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 12:07 PM

Increasing the computers memory would be a plus. You should also read up on virtual memory and choosing page file size

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"The minimum, should be 1.5 times the amount of RAM you have.
The maximum, should be at least, three times your memory.

If you want to adjust it:
Click Start / Control Panel / Performance and Maintenance / System / Advanced tab
Under Performance click the Settings button.
Click the Advanced tab.
Under Virtual Memory, click the Change button.
Under Paging file size for selected drive, put a tick next to Custom size:.
Make your changes.
Then click the Set button.
Click OK.
Click Apply.
Click OK."
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Edited by garmanma, 06 July 2007 - 12:19 PM.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 03:24 PM

Also, based on personal experience, if you have more than one hard drive it's best to put the page file on the drive that doesn't have Windows installed on it.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 05:37 PM

I don't understand something... If I have more memory installed,... will be less disk access or paging... so why I need to have 1.5 times???
So someone with 512mb will need less paging file space than someone with 2gb... crazy!

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 08:46 PM

I don't understand something... If I have more memory installed,... will be less disk access or paging... so why I need to have 1.5 times???
So someone with 512mb will need less paging file space than someone with 2gb... crazy!


the page file gets bigger cause windows has to right more data that stored in ur ram i think
the more it stores the more it needs possibly for a dump?

Edited by noaim, 06 July 2007 - 08:47 PM.


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Posted 07 July 2007 - 06:31 AM

There's no easy rule for pagefile sizing - the 1.5 times is an estimate that works best for most users.

For example, I eliminated the pagefile in my copy of XP and ran just fine for months without it (I had lot's of RAM) - then I encountered a program that wouldn't run without the pagefile, so I had to create one in order to use the program.

I don't know what the programmer had in mind when they wrote the program, so I have no clue as to how much pagefile was required. I started with a small one and increased the size until the program would install - a long, tedious process that I don't care to go through again! :thumbsup: So now I have a static pagefile that's 1.5 times the size of my RAM just to avoid issues (I've got 4 gB of RAM, so my pagefile is 6 gB in size).
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