All versions of Windows— including XP— let you adjust the "virtual memory" or "page file" or "swapfile" space:
Fred, I just bought a new PC running Windows XP. It has 1.3 G Hz CPU, 128 MB RAM and 32 GB hard drive. My question: Is there a rule of thumb for the paging file size settings with different amounts of RAM, drive space and CPU speed in order to maximize performance? I don’t run a lot of memory intensive applications. The most intensive application I run is PrintShop. If you can suggest some Web sites that might have some recommendations on paging file settings for maximum performance I would appreciate them. Thanks in advance, Mark J. Rote
Actually, XP and Windows 2000 both will suggest a reasonable "recommended" size for their virtual memory settings, and also tell you the minimum and maximum allowable sizes. In XP, right click "my computer," then select properties/advanced/performance settings/advanced/change (virtual memory). See also item #7 "Improve XP’s Virtual Memory Settings " in http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20011204S0009
In Win2K, right click "my computer," then select properties/advanced/performance options/change (virtual memory).
For how to choose and set the right amount of virtual memory in other versions of Windows, see: http://content.techweb.com/winmag//columns/explorer/1999/0913.htm
Get our unique weekly Newsletter with tips and techniques, how to's and critical updates on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google, etc. Join our 460,000 subscribers!
Subscribe and get our monthly bonuses - free!
The Windows 7 Guide, Volume 3: Advanced maintenance and troubleshooting provides advanced tools for keeping Microsoft's premier operating system up and running smoothly. Get this excerpt and other 4 bonuses if you subscribe FREE now!