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I have just has a error on start stating that my paging file needs to be inrcreased.

I know where the settings are for this, and at the moment is set to 'Systems Managed Size'
This has to be changed im guessing, what do I need to change it to?
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set it to the reccomended values in both fields
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I have just has a error on start stating that my paging file needs to be inrcreased.

I know where the settings are for this, and at the moment is set to 'Systems Managed Size'
This has to be changed I’m guessing, what do I need to change it to?
If it's set to be auto managed by the system, that means that the system will automatically increase it when required and decrease it when not much is needed. If you're being told it needs to be increased, that suggests the system isn't increasing it automatically, which in tern suggests either that it is not being managed by the system, or that your HDD is so full that the system physically cannot increase the size.

How full is your HDD?

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29GB free
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29GB free
Hmm. Odd. Have you defragmented your HDD? IE: is all of that 29GB of free space lumped together, or is fragmented into smaller pockets of free space?

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erm dont know, im defragging now
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You want to generally set the Paging file to 1.5x the amount of system memory ( RAM ) you have in your system.

Put the same value in both Min and Max fields.
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Originally Posted by ConteoAMD
erm dont know, im defragging now
Cool. Well, when you've done, you just need to set the page file up like the below, except
on your C: drive instead of a second drive like mine, unless you have a second drive .



I've chosen a 3GB page file because I have a second, dedicated HDD, just for the page file, but if you don't, it is generally recommended to have a page file size of about 1.5x, to 2.5x your RAM size. So, if you've got 512MB of RAM, I'd recommend 1280MB of page file (1280 in the initial and maximum boxes), if you've got 1GB (1024MB) of RAM, I'd recommend putting in 1536 in both the initial and max boxes and if you've got 2GB or more of RAM, well, you could probably get away with no page file at all, but I'd recommend 512MB or 1024MB of page file, just to be safe .

It is almost always better to manually set-up the page file size, than let Windows manage
it for you and almost always best to have the same size initial and max page file size.

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post #9 of 13
Also when possible if you have a second HDD its better to have the PagingFile on a seperate HDD from that which contains your OS.

Look here :

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.THE PAGING FILE: There are two types of memory which helps XP fuction correctly.One is physical memory ( RAM ) and the other is Virtual Memory, referred to as the paging file. This is an area of your hard disk used as a buffer when RAM is low on resources. If you have another harddisk installed in your p.c you can move the paging file there and reduce the stress of two activities on your main harddisk.

Step 1: Reducing the work on your main harddisk can speed up application response times ( This will only benefit you if you have another harddisk ). Open ''System properties'' in the ''Control panel'' and select ''advanced''.

Step 2: Under ''Performance'' click on ''Settings'' then select ''Advanced''. Go to ''Virtual Memory'' and click on ''Change'' to see your current settings. At the moment ''C:'' will be selected so click to highlight your other drive instead.

Step 3: Having selected a different drive you can choose the ''custom size'' option and set an ''Initial Size'' and ''Maximum size'' for the paging file. Or opt for the ''System managed'' size and XP will decide whats best for you.
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Thanks,

is this ok now?
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