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April 11, 2011
5:56 AM
Forum Posts: 6
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January 26, 2010

Hi everyone…..


I have WIndows XP with 1.5 gig of ram. What should the virtual memory be set at: “let windows manage” or should I manually put a minimum and maximum value in?  If so, which values for the minimum and maximum?

thank you


Joe P

April 11, 2011
12:54 PM
Kent, England
Forum Posts: 196
Member Since:
November 27, 2010

Hi bulajap. I would have loved to have 1.5 Gig of ram when I used XP!

Anyway, regarding your pagefile (virtual memory) question:  In my experience it is best to set a fixed pagefile size, that is make the min. and max values the same. 

The theory was that Windows, certainly early versions (including XP), were not efficient at managing variable sizes and would slow the system down by eating up processing power while it adjusted the size according to some rule of its own. 

As for size, I reckon that if Win XP suggests min. and max. values
based on the size of your ram and the available space on your hard disc,
then it knows a thing or two and I would go for the mid point between
the two.

If you have two or more hard discs (internal, not external) in your set up, then put it on the fastest disc that DOES NOT have the operating system on it (normally drive c:\).  If like most mere mortals, you only have the one and if your are comfortable about partitioning your hard disc, the put the pagefile on its own partition. 

If you aren't into partioning the just leave it in your c:\ drive.

Let us know what you decide and how it works out. Cool

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