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I've been reading tons of guides on setting your PF for maximum XP performance..But I am having some trouble.

I have 4GB installed on a 32bit OS, recognizes only 2.5GB. (Recently switched from 64bit Vista)

I heard people talking about how you should store your PF on a seperate hard drive, seperate partition.

Ok..

Now, how much do I need? I open up my Windows Task Manager, look at PF Usage and it always shows around 550MB.

I have the PF set on the same partition with my OS..
Right now it's set to "System managed size".
If I set it otherwise I get "Virtual Memory Low" crap.

Any tips, tricks, suggestions?

Thanks.
Maybe this will help others with the same question as I.
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set it to about 2x what your ram is. (and since you have 32bit, that would be 2x what ever windows sees)
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It doesn't really matter. I've read somewhere to set it equal to the amount of RAM you have. So that's what I did. I have it at 2GB. I think Windows has it on 1.5x the amount of RAM you have. I don't really remember. Ultimately, I don't think it really matters. Preferably within the range of 1-2 times your RAM.
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Firstly, "Page File Usage" in the task manager has almost nothing to do with page file usage.

You will see nearly no difference in performance no matter what your pagefile settings, unless you go out of your way to screw things up.
Edited by Blameless - 5/13/08 at 6:51pm
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Page File Usage in the task manager has almost nothing to do with page file useage.
Enlighten me please.
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Every time I've checked the "page file usage history" in the taskmanager, it's simply reported total memory usage, wether the stuff is in the pagefile or not.

In fact, its usually the same as commit charge.

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com...1-5071997.html
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Pagefile=a reserved amount of hard disk space for use when physical ram, (your ACTUAL ram(that windows can address) becomes full), ie. when your ram is full windows will use the pagefile, this is not good as using the pagefile is waaaaaaaaaaaaay slower than ram. the best option is to have your pagefile on the fastest hdd that does NOT contain your os, (windows). let it be system managed.
    
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you can also defrag pagefile... i think its called pagedefrag. (free)
    
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Just set it to 2GB.
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Quote:
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Pagefile=a reserved amount of hard disk space for use when physical ram, (your ACTUAL ram(that windows can address) becomes full), ie. when your ram is full windows will use the pagefile, this is not good as using the pagefile is waaaaaaaaaaaaay slower than ram. the best option is to have your pagefile on the fastest hdd that does NOT contain your os, (windows). let it be system managed.
Not quite.

The page file is sort of a low grade (very very low grade) RAM, and Windows throws lower grade stuff into it. Programs also might use it for stuff that is used much less often than the stuff stored in RAM.

While yes it does speed up the page file having it on another drivel the difference is pathetically small. So there is no real reason to hassle with throwing it on a special drive.

As for the size, I just set my Vista one to ~8 gb and I don't think it has ever even come close to exceeding 3gb.
    
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