Optimize Virtual Memory

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    sabyasachi2k5

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    :stupido: Like its predecessors, WinXP automatically manages virtual memory, the way in which data swaps to and from the hard drive when there isn't room for it in memory. In the default mode, Windows expands and contracts the size of the swap file (called a "paging file" in WinXP) as needed, but this process can slow down your machine. Many users have found that forcing WinXP to use a static swap size gives their system faster performance.

    To do this, open the Control Panel, click the Performance And Maintenance category, and click System. Below the Advanced tab, find the Performance section and click its Settings button. When the Performance Options dialog box appears on-screen, choose the Advanced tab, and click the Change button from Virtual Memory area.

    In the field at the top of the Virtual Memory dialog box, highlight the letter associated with the hard drive where you want to keep your swap file. Then select the Custom Size radio button. The two empty fields beneath this area are where you type in the size of the swap file. The rule of thumb is to make the swap file at least twice as large as the memory installed on the system. So, for a PC with 256MB of system RAM, set both the top and bottom fields to 512 (which will set to 512MB for each). Click the Set button, and you'll receive a message that you must reboot for this tweak to take effect.:sleep:
    sabyasachi2k5, Oct 28, 2009
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