What Is The Best Virtual Memory Settings

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mnemonix

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ive got 640MB of RAM, i know that if you set them both the same then there is no file paging, but if i wanted paging, then what settings would i use??

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use let windows decide what is best for the computer setting

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Since you don't really understand the settings, I'd leave them alone. :) Setting them the same doesn't disable paging, FWIW. :D
 

mnemonix

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what happens when you set both 'initial size' and 'maximum size'
the same in file paging settings?

is there a limit to the size a page file can be set to?

am i ultramundane?

who really is eric the 50 foot leach?

so many questions... and only two that are sane
 

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Setting the initial size and the maximum size to the same number results in a paging file that is always the same size all the time. This is desirable because it stays in one place and doesn't get fragmented. You can also visit Systernals and download Contig v1.41 to defrag the page file initially. I'd set the page file to the default size of 1.5x the RAM size, defrag it, and leave it alone.
 
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Howdy there mnemonix...

what happens when you set both 'initial size' and 'maximum size' the same in file paging settings?
What this does is to set a "Permanent" page file...

And as to this...

is there a limit to the size a page file can be set to?
The limit is the amount of free space that is left on the hard drive...

Windows recomends letting it manage the page file, which is called a "Temporary" page file, in which IMHO can be slow due to the fact that when more page file space is needed, Windows has to re-calculate the amount of space needed, then re-assign it to the page file ( I have also seen that when using this configuration, is that the page file will become fragmented due to the constant change in size )...

I have been running a "Permanent" ( which is faster due to not having to re-calculate the size ) page/swap file since the days of Windows 3.0, and have found that the best formula for calculating the size, is 2x the amount of memory for both "initial size" and "maximum size"...
 
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