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Keep the core system in RAM

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Keep the core system in RAM

Windows XP takes portions of the operating system, applications, and data files that aren't currently needed in RAM and temporarily stores the data on the hard disk in the paging file. During a normal computing session, Windows regularly moves data back and forth from RAM and the paging file.

If you have a considerable amount of RAM in your system--512 MB or more--you can improve system performance by preventing the OS from sending user-mode and kernel-mode drivers, as well as kernel-mode system code, to the paging file.

You can do so by changing a setting in the registry. Here's how:

1. Launch the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\

Session Manager\Memory Management.

3. Double-click DisablePagingExecutive DWORD value.

4. Change the value in the Value Data text box from 0 to 1, and click OK.

5. Close the Registry Editor.

You may need to restart the system or log out of Windows XP for the change to take effect.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.

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Have you tried this Rb? Curious to see if there was any ill side effects, or any gain in performance.

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I tried it a while back on a previous install. I didn't really notice that much of a difference. But its hard to tell when you run really fast stuff anyways. Plus I don't really do any real intensive stuff on my rig that much. Any video stuff or anything I do overnight while I'm sleeping. It didn't cause any problems though.

It doesn't eliminate the page file just keeps the system processes in RAM. I would think your system with over a gig should be OK. But its your risk not mine.

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It does speed up the vid processing, a tad. Again, like Rb said, with systems as fast as ours it's not a significant increase, maybe 2-3 minutes.

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I was just curious to see if it would help speed up a restart/boot.

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Not that I can tell.

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