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May 28th, 2004, 10:57 PM #1
Page File Usage High? How to Decrease?
Kinda curious, how can you decrease your pagefile in Win XP? It always seems as if any system that has a high page file usage always run slower than if it had a lower page file usage. I thought that "ending" any unecessary processes could solve the high page file problem (350Mb), but there doesn't seem to be anything that is hogging memory within. Any ideas?
Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
256Mb DDR RAM
May 28th, 2004, 11:10 PM #2
I'm not positive about XP, but in win 2000 you can go to the system properties, advanced tab, performance, and click the change button to change your virtual memory settings. I think most things like this are the same or similar between xp and 2000, but somone with XP correct me if not.“One things for sure: Whenever we play, our goalie stays warm.”
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May 28th, 2004, 11:14 PM #3
theres one more step in xp, go to control panel, system, advanced tab, in the box labeled performance click the settings button, then again the advanced tab, and in the bottom box there is a text box (i think its a text box) that allows you to specify the amount of space you want. oh ya and you have to be logged on as the admin if you already arent
*edit* no sorry its not a text box, as gilthanaz said its a button that says change
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May 28th, 2004, 11:14 PM #4
350mb is really lower for only 256mb of system ram. I have my pagefile set at 500mb and I have 512mb of system ram. Every now and then when I am playing bf:vietnam will multiple background prograsm running, i run out of both system ram and page file and windows increases my pagefile from 500-768.
If I were you I would increase the page file as that will probably help in performance.
May 28th, 2004, 11:15 PM #5
I really don't want to change the page file size (I already have it set 1.5x more than memory), I was looking for the most efficient way to lower the page file usage to make this system run faster.
May 28th, 2004, 11:17 PM #6
The only way to really lower page file usage, not size, is to buy some more system ram.
May 28th, 2004, 11:37 PM #7
No, the 350mb is how much it is using inside of the "performance" tab in task manager. I notice that some systems start off with 75mb usuage, then gradually increase of course to 100mb, 150mb, 200mb, ...etc. The higher it goes, the more slower the system gets. Is there a way (without adding RAM) to free up some of the page file usage?
May 29th, 2004, 12:11 AM #8
You need more mems friend. More mems you got the less you need to page. Also the more mems you got the better the performance. It can't get any simpler than that. I have 512 on my win98se and I can run it without paging enabled. The thing is though some applications expects to see the paging file (I crashed because of that) so I got mine set to 1/4 of my ram.
May 29th, 2004, 12:23 AM #9
May 29th, 2004, 12:25 AM #10
also you could just try closing down some unneeded background programs and unused processes, that always speeds up the ol computater
October 30th, 2009, 06:53 AM #11
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Just restart your PC. I had a maximum PF usage with Firefox crashing all the time. then i just restarted the comp and everything was back to normal.
October 30th, 2009, 07:20 AM #12
After FIVE YEARS...I'm glad we got this sorted"Common Sense is a flower that doesn't grow in everyone's garden."
May 18th, 2010, 10:10 PM #13
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I am having the same issue with my PC, I have win XP, 4CPU 3.00 GHz, Processor Speed 2.92 GHz, & 512 of Mem. There are times that I noticed that PF Usage was pegged. After thinking things thru, I deleted my AV Program and, guess what....the PF usage dropped to around 185 - 200MB. My PC's 6 1/2 years old and I'm thinking about just getting a new one rather than stick $$$ into this Dell 8300.
August 17th, 2010, 01:17 PM #14
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October 4th, 2010, 12:15 PM #15
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A bit more explanation...
Seems like most people posting Qs on this topic (and a few of the answerers ;-P) don't really understand what the PF is for, or why your PC runs slow when it gets large. Here's a bit more background that may help someone.
This post is relevant for Windows XP and earlier - Vista/7 have a different memory management system (see Coding Horror: Why Does Vista Use All My Memory? if you want to know more about that).
When you open a bunch of programs, your PC has to store all the relevant data somewhere. It tries to store everything in memory (ie RAM) which is nice and fast.
If you have too much stuff open (eg multiple tabs in Firefox), and/or if you don't have much RAM (eg 512Mb), then all the data won't fit in RAM. Windows makes a guess of what you're not using right now, and moves it from RAM to disk, into the Page File. Next time you access that program, Windows copies the data back out of the Page File and into RAM.
[In tech speak, thats called a 'page fault' - ie the data windows was looking for isn't in RAM, but in the page file. Getting data from disk is much slower than getting it from RAM.]
If your Page File gets big: this means you have a lot of programs open using memory, and it doesn't all fit into RAM. If the PF is large then maybe a lot of the time Windows looks for data, it's in the PF rather than RAM. You'll get a lot of "page faults", and the computer will be slow.
To fix it, you have the following options:
1- Close down programs you're not using.
2- Close tabs you're not using in Firefox.
The memory being used by the programs/tabs will be freed up.
3- Restart programs you still want.
Eg close and restart Firefox. Some programs end up leaking memory over time, ie they're using up more than they actually need. Restarting the program will fix this.
4- Restart your computer.
As for (3), some of the Windows background tasks may leak memory over time. Restart to start again from a clean state!
5- Get more memory!
Ultimately, if your Page File keeps getting large, you're trying to use more memory than you have available on your PC. It's going to be slow! If you've got less than 1Gb RAM and you're trying to run modern or memory intensive programs (classic being having multible tabs open in your web browser), then you should be thinking about getting an upgrade.
Hopethis helps someone :-)
November 15th, 2011, 04:39 AM #16
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lowering pagefile usage
June 29th, 2015, 01:58 AM #17
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can i put some kind of Notification mail on reaching limits, so that i can restart applications that are taking too much memory.
June 29th, 2015, 09:03 AM #18
You might want to make a new Thread, this one is over a decade old, and might not apply to what you're asking.
Its for Windows XP, and topic is technically different than what is being discussed.
Might get more up to date info as well.
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