Hi, I have recently upgraded to 1.5 Gb of RAM and I have looked at various articles on the internet about this topic, but I am still none the wiser to be honest. I currently have my pagefile (virtual memory) setting at 256 Mb and what I was wondering was should I make my page file at LEAST as big as my physical memory size or should I just change it to 'System managed file' i.e. leave Windows XP manage the file size?
Is XP efficient at managing large amounts of RAM i.e. would the BEST setting be 'System managed file' or does it NOT matter what size it is set at? Just curious!
Thanks for replying Stalion. It looks as if my page file size is set too low so I have selected 'System managed file' and I will let XP look after it. Though in the Performance options, the recommended size of the pagefile is 2302 Mb which is nearly 2.5 Gb which does seem a bit extreme however ...
Thanks again. I was just commenting that my current setting of 256 Mb is WAY below the recommended setting of 2302 Mb or roughly 1.5 times physical RAM.
To be honest, if I set my pagefile size to be managed by the operating system, I don't think that there's ANY limit to how big the pagefile can be apart from the size of the hard drive! You say that 5 times my memory size is recommended, well that works out at 7.5 Gb which would take up nearly 10% of my hard drive space! Crikey.