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Tuning Windows XP -> Disabling the page file

Why disabling your page file is a bad idea under Windows:

Simply put, because Windows is built to use a page file. Without it, Windows will probably not work properly. I have heard of scenarios where disabling the page file entirely can be done without problems, but I've never actually encountered it personally. Each time I attempted removing my page file, I ended up with a system that would hang during the boot up process. Not very useful.

With that said, if you have at least 1 GB of RAM, and you want to try disabling your swap file, here's what you do:

  • Open the system control panel (right click on My Computer, select Properties, or run "start sysdm.cpl")
  • Open the performance settings under the Advanced tab.
  • Click the "Change" button in the Virtual Memory section of the Advanced tab
  • Select the "No paging file" option, then click "Set".
  • Reboot, and pray you don't get stuck.

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