Pagefile usage and lots of physical RAM


M

me

Hi All,

I was running with 1GB of RAM, but have just added 2GB, making a total
of 3GB on my Windows2000 PC.

I did this mainly because I do a bit of photo editing, and thought it
would make things faster.

I've been playing around, and I notice that Windows is still using
loads of pagefile, even though there is still 50% physical RAM still
available.

Is there any way to make Windows use real RAM instead of the pagefile?

Also, I have set the pagefile size manually to 1GB, and the
pagefile.sys is that size, but windows is reporting 1.6GB of pagefile
usage. How can this be?

Your thoughts are much appreciated.
 
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J

John John

Where are you observing this pagefile usage? By that I mean what tool
are you using to determine pagefile usage? Secondly, when is the
increased pagefile usage occurring?

John
 
M

me

Where are you observing this pagefile usage? By that I mean what tool
are you using to determine pagefile usage? Secondly, when is the
increased pagefile usage occurring?
I use taskmanager and a couple of other programs that show usage.

It goes up and down depending on what programs I use. 2 examples are
PhotoPlus and the MSDE SQL server, both of which seem to use ~50%
physical and ~50% pagefile when running.

Things seem to be a little more snappy over-all though, and maybe I'm
worrying over nothing, but I find it odd that SQL server would use
280MB of physical and 290MB of pagefile, when taskmanager tells me I
still have 2.2GB's of free physical RAM.
 
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John John

I use taskmanager and a couple of other programs that show usage.

It goes up and down depending on what programs I use. 2 examples are
PhotoPlus and the MSDE SQL server, both of which seem to use ~50%
physical and ~50% pagefile when running.

Things seem to be a little more snappy over-all though, and maybe I'm
worrying over nothing, but I find it odd that SQL server would use
280MB of physical and 290MB of pagefile, when taskmanager tells me I
still have 2.2GB's of free physical RAM.
Use Perfmon and select Paging File counters to get an accurate measure
of pagefile usage. To start Perfmon click on Start | Run and enter
perfmon in the Run box and click on OK or press <Enter>. Or look in
Start | Programs | Administrative Tools | Performance.

John
 

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