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question about xp pagefile size

By enduser
Feb 11, 2003
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  1. why does win xp home need a large pagefile? i have 512 mb in one machine and it has a 700 mb pagefile. isn't this excessive for just surfing the web and running programs like paintshop pro? i tried completely turning it off and didn't have any problems needing more memory. i read there is a way to tell windows to use conservative settings but can't remember how. thanks.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Try doing a search on the forums, this topic has been discussed many times.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    It IS excessive, but that amount is not necessary.

    I have 512 and I use a 386mb swapfile at the most. Only while movie editing, or using heavy graphics, (or memory leak prone programs!) do I use more.
  4. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Posts: 1,327

    It's all covered in the Windows XP memory guide on this site, check it in the guides - OS resources section. I'd copy/paste it, though I'm short on time ;)
  5. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    paging file

    disable in the advanced tab of your performance tab...........right click my computer/properties/advanced/performance/advanced/bottom
  6. enduser

    enduser TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

  7. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    If you are using image editors to any great length, you might not want to disable the PF. Just use the setting to specify your own steeing and set the min and max to the same size. I'd recommend a setting around 300MB or so to start, you may need to increase that but it is sufficient for most.
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