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How to adjust the page file size in Windows XP

The page file is an area of your hard drive that the system uses as "extra" RAM. Adjusting the page file size in Windows XP is easy -- just follow these steps:

Right click on My Computer (either from the Start menu or from the desktop) and choose Properties. Go to the Advanced tab and click the Settings button under Performance. In the Performance Options window, go to the Advanced tab and at the bottom, under the "Virtual memory" heading, click the button labeled Change.

The Virtual Memory window will open, showing current details about your page file. To adjust the page file size, click the radio button next to "Custom size" (if it's not already selected) and change the initial size and maximum size. (You can make these two the same number.) A good rule of thumb is to make the page file about one and a half times as large as the amount of RAM your system has. So if you have 1 GB of RAM, you could make your page file 1.5 GB. But this is just a recommendation; you can make the page file as large as you want (as long as you have the hard drive space for it).

If your hard drive is slow or you have a ridiculous amount of RAM, you can also try disabling the page file to speed up your system. To turn off the page file, select "No paging file." If your computer becomes unstable or does not run as well as you expected it to, you can always go back in and turn it back on.

Once you've made the changes to your page file that you wanted to make, click the Set button, click OK to close the current window, and then in the Performance Options window click Apply. (You may have to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.)

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I have a game called juiced and When i double click to play it it says ,,Juiced requires virtual memory to be enabled".Can somebody please help me to fix this error and play my game please?I have tried compatibility virtual memory change etc,but it doesn'work somebody help me please!?


Manually manage computer memory loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); When your computer's physically installed random-access memory (RAM) is running low, Windows adds available memory by using a paging file, generally known as virtual memory, on the hard disk to simulate physical RAM. By default, the virtual memory paging file that is created during installation is 1.5 times the physical RAM on your computer. Therefore, a computer that has 1GB of installed RAM will have 1.5GB of virtual memory.

You can manually change the size of the paging file to make it larger or smaller. You can also optimize virtual memory use by dividing the file space between multiple drives and by removing allocated space from slow or heavily accessed drives. To optimize your virtual memory space, divide it among as many physical hard drives as possible. When you select drives, follow these guidelines:
  • Try to avoid having a paging file on the same drive as the system files, usually drive C.
  • Avoid putting a paging file on a fault-tolerant drive such as a mirrored volume or a RAID-5 volume. Paging files do not require fault tolerance, and some fault-tolerant computers experience slow data writes because they write data to multiple locations.
  • Do not put multiple paging files on different partitions on the same physical disk drive.
How to manually change the size of the virtual memory paging file loadTOCNode(4, 'moreinformation'); You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the administrator's group to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you from completing this procedure.

To manually change the size of virtual memory, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance click Settings.
  3. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Virtual memory click Change.
  4. Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change.
  5. Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size, type a new paging file size in megabytes (MB) in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.
  6. Click OK to close the dialog box and apply changes.
Note After you change the size of the paging file, you may be prompted to restart Windows. If you are prompted to restart, the changes will not take effect until Windows is restarted.

Notes
  • To have Windows select the best paging file size, click System managed size. The recommended minimum size is the same as 1.5 times the RAM on your computer, and 3 times that figure for the maximum size. For example, if you have 256 MB of RAM, the minimum size is 384 MB, and the maximum size is 1152 MB.
  • For best performance, do not set the initial size to less than the minimum recommended size under Total paging file size for all drives. The recommended size is the same as 1.5 times the RAM on your computer. It is good practice to leave the paging file at its recommended size as performance can decrease if a paging file is too large. However, you may increase its size if you frequently use programs that use lots of memory, such as graphics programs or games.
  • We strongly recommend that you do not disable or delete the paging file because this can lessen the computer's performance. However, if you decide to delete a paging file, set both the initial size and the maximum size to zero, or click No paging file.
How to manually optimize the memory usage loadTOCNode(4, 'moreinformation'); You can optimize your computer's memory usage to reflect your specific needs. If your computer is used as a workstation instead of as a server, you can increase performance by devoting more memory to your programs. Your programs will work faster and the system cache size will remain the default size that was included with Windows XP. Or, you can set aside more computer memory for a larger system cache if your computer is used primarily as a server, or if you use programs that require a large system cache.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance click Settings.
  3. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Memory usage use one of the following methods:
    • Click Programs if you use your computer primarily as a workstation instead of as a server. This option allocates more memory to your programs.
    • Click System cache if your computer is used primarily as a server or if you use programs that use a large system cache.
  4. Click OK to save preferences and close the dialog box.

You may refer to this link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308417

Apr 18, 2011 | Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Computer System...

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Can I increase RAM by using some hard drive space


No. XP already does this (simulating RAM on disk) with the swap file. You can override the system settings for swap file size but usually auto is okay. In any case, disks are horribly slow compared to RAM so you're far better off putting more physical RAM in. You'll see a very noticeable increase in speed if your system is currently swapping out a lot.

Feb 18, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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Vartual Memory


right click on my computer> click on properties> on the system properites box >click on advanced tab> on performance click on settings>then click on advance>in the below you will get virtual memory click on change>click on custom>and give atleas 1024 both in intial and maximum(if you see more than 1024 in the maximum area than give that value in both)>then click set then click on ok.
your memory will increase

May 29, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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