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Pagefiling in Vista


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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the pagefile system in Vista?
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Same as XP. Without it, Windows will run like a wasp in treacle (and Vista is not exactly fast as it is, so don't even consider running it without a paging file). Doesn't matter how much RAM you have installed, Windows always needs to use the paging file at some point. Your input is in deciding how big that file should be, not in deciding whether you need it at all.

Edited by pip22, 24 March 2008 - 01:43 PM.

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I would definitely agree with pip22, messing with the paging file in Vista is not something I would generally recommend. If you do want to change the size of the paging file, I would recommend making it at least equal to the amount of physical memory you have (ie, if you have 2Gb of RAM, make the paging file no smaller than 2048Mb). The only other option you may want to consider is a second paging file on another hard drive, if you have the room to spare, and you think it will help, or if the second drive is faster than the OS drive. The advantages in using the page file are noticably faster start up and load times for commonly used programs and applications, while the disadvantages are the direct opposite.

Readyboost would be another alternative that is worth considering if you are looking for performance increases, and if you have a spare flash drive floating around.
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Yep just as Stewbizzle and pip22 have said, dont for anything get rid of the pageing file, but i would also recomend (if you have one) putting it on a second harddrive as this gives you noticable increase in performance.

For the pageing file size it is good to have it at around 3x the size of your physical memory

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