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windows XP keeps updating virtual memory daily

by firetower01 / April 21, 2009 4:14 AM PDT

Xp keep updating my virtual memory all the time, I have windows xp service pack 3 installed running on a pavilion ze4300 us machine with 704 of ram installed. How do I set it so it will keep from doing this so much? James L.

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Sorry but this is a VM OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 4:18 AM PDT

Research what a VM or Virtual Memory OS is. If you don't want a VM design OS you have to change OSes. Yes I've read pages about disabling the paging file for years. I can only hope people keep trying that. Makes for fine income for my IT friends.

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XP needs Virtual Memory and this may be normal.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 5:04 AM PDT

My own system has 2GB of RAM, and yet the Page File, (another name for Virtual Memory), is in use all the time. I just let Windows manage it.

With your 704MB of RAM your Windows system may need to use more of the PF than other systems, especially if you are using memory intensive applications

Is there a reason why you noticed this? It's quite well hidden to the casual eye. Perhaps there is more to your request that we do not yet know about?


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Sounds like he's got VM set for specific sizes
by Slikkster / April 21, 2009 10:24 PM PDT

I'm assuming he notices this because he's getting warnings that his virtual memory is low, which indicates there are specific sizes for Max and Min VM set for XP on his machine. I find it best to let Windows manage the paging file size. Here are the instructions on how to set virtual memory (paging file) for XP.

Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.

Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance click Settings.

Click the Advanced tab, and then under Virtual memory click Change.

Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change.

Under Paging file size for selected drive, click <b>System Managed Size</b>, and then click Set.

Click OK to close the dialog box and apply changes.

Note that you may be prompted to restart Windows. If you are prompted to restart, the changes will not take effect until Windows is restarted.

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answer to marks question.
by firetower01 / April 24, 2009 9:12 AM PDT

Hey mark, the bubble at the bottom right of the screen keeps telling me it is putting more page memory.

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What bubble?
by Coryphaeus / April 24, 2009 10:51 AM PDT

As was mentioned above, it's normal. As you surf, open documents, run applications, more virtual memory is needed and used. Unless you've run out of hard drive space, no worry.

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I agree with Slikkster and Coryphaeus.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 24, 2009 8:14 PM PDT

This is a normal event, especially if you have set VM with upper and lower limits yourself.

Best to let the operating system manage it using the guidances Slikkster has offered you.


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