Can no paging file cause programs to minimize by themselves?

By foycur ยท 4 replies
Mar 27, 2005
  1. I tried fiddling with my paging file when I was trying to get an older program to run for my son. I actually turned it off and forgot to turn it back on. Lately, a lot of the programs I run have been minimizing themselves in the middle of running. Could this be the problem? I initially thought it was due to some new HP AIO software I installed for my new fax/copier/printer. does it make more sense to allow the computer to see how much paging file size it needs, or set it to a specific amount?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`m not sure what the effect of turning the page file off would be.

    The correct setting for the page file is 1.5x the ammount of ram in your system.

    I.E 512mb ram = 768mb pagefile size.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. C0d3Warr10r

    C0d3Warr10r TS Rookie Posts: 33


    Turning your pagefile off should have no immediate affect on programs minimizing. I would recommend running Micro$oft's new AntiSpyware prog in conjunction with SpyBot S&D to root out another cause.

    I also agree with Howard as to the size of the page file (1.5XActual RAM: if necessary), some users with HUGE ram installed 2+ Gigabytes of memory don't even use the pagefile function built into Windows.

    Hope this helps,


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  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Some programs like Photoshop require a pagefile, regardless of how much RAM you have.
    If you have 2 harddisks, set the Virtual Memory (=pagefile) to fixed 10MB on the partition where Windows is installed. Put the rest somewhere on the (less used anyway) second harddisk, also in a fixed size (min = max size).
  5. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    XP and the like will page no matter what you set it to. You just don't see the pf anywhere on your drive. Let it have its page file.
    As well, some apps are made to use a pf no matter what, and if they don't see one, they will abort on their own or just lock up.
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