Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
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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