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Is it necessary to have a page file for 2GB of memory when commit charge isn't exceeded?

I currently have no page file, and would want to know if it does increase performance to have it off.
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Well, I am no expert on the thematic at hand, but I have heard everywhere that having a disabled Page File is in fact doing more harm to the system. I have just a 3GB Paging File Partition, of which 2GB are dedicated to page.

So, in my opinion, I'd just leave it on.
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I've disabled it many times, with no consequences.
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post #4 of 10
i dont have a page file and dont suffer any negative effects. if you have 2 gig or more dont worry about the pf
post #5 of 10
if you turn it off, however, not that bad things can happen if you exceed 2gb. But, that is unlikely to happen, so you can most likely leave it off.
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post #7 of 10
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Alright thanks guys ^_^

Do any games exceed 2Gb if maxed out? like F.E.A.R, BF2142? HL2?
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It's not likely they will, BUT, STALKER *could* pass that line.
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post #9 of 10
well, what you should do is have a pagefile, but force windows to use all the ram up before using the page file, so you get the performance of all 2 gigs, but you still have the pagefile as a backup.
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Originally Posted by http://www.connectedinternet.co.uk/2005/12/05/10-intermediate-ways-to-speed-up-windows/3/
Go to Start then Run
Type “msconfig.exe” then ok
Click on the System.ini tab
Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the plus sign
Click on new then in the blank box type”ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1″
Click OK
Restart PC
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post #10 of 10
Yeah my opinion on the whole Page File concept is that you should definitely turn it off if you have enough ram to make up for it. The stupid Page File is used like ram except it is on your hard drive. This causes your hard drive to have to read several things at the same time and could cause games to lag. Also it is hard on you hard drive because your hard drive gets very hot from reading several things. This Page File stuff is know as "Virtual Memory" because of this. So leave it off! (If your ram is more then the highest commit charge your computer has ever hit.) For me however when I play games like BF2 and that I hit 1.8GB of memory.... when I only have 1GB of ram so this page file makes up for the extra 800MB but it is not a good idea. That is why I am planning on buying 2x 1GB sticks.
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