View Full Version : use physical memory first

04-11-2004, 03:30 PM
is there a way to make the computer use it's physical memory first before starting to get into pagefile?

i'm running win2k and right now there's 181/375Mb of physical ram still free
but pagefile is using around 200/511Mb

can't the system use till ther's like 10Mb of physical ram left before using page file?

or would using the phy ram to max make comp slower?

04-11-2004, 04:11 PM
As far as Im aware, unless you disable the Page-File, then no....

...Have to be linux for that ;-)

04-11-2004, 04:31 PM
With win 98 u can do it by putting

conservativeswapfileusage = 1

system.ini file I think..

04-11-2004, 04:48 PM
um..yes.. i did that when i had 98

04-11-2004, 05:14 PM
There is a registry hack to force XP to use all available memory before using the pagefile, but i can't find it.
Will post back when I do

04-11-2004, 05:19 PM
If you disable the pagefile XP creates one by itself unfortunately in my experience...

1.5GB RAM - disabled page files - XP created a 1.5GB page file in C:\


Terry Porritt
04-11-2004, 08:35 PM
You just have to let W2k/XP do its own thing in managing memory, it's not like Win98.

Two references have been added to the bottom of FAQ #37 (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=50628&message=305630), which explain the way virtual memory works, and why there will always be a substantial page file.