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How does Win95 manage virtual memory ?

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Is there some permanent file for it as in WfW ?

Do data remain from one session to the next ?
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Yes and no. I'll try to explain. Usual setting is 'Windows manages
memory automatically'. This means that WIN386.SWP exists, but its
size constantly changes, depends on memory requirements. If you
boot to 'DOS prompt only' instead of GUI and check size of WIN386.SWP,
you'll see that it's size 0. If you selected 'custom settings' for
virtual mem Windoze will create permanent file WIN386.SWP and set
its size to your specified minimum.
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Almost forgot. It's recommended to select one partition for swap
file, DEFRAGment it and set swap file on it with minimum size
2.5x of your physical memory. Upper limit not need to be specified.
If Windows manages your swap file, then it's quite obvious that
data is not remain from one session to another.
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The point is to use the same file for WfW and Win95 !

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Sorry to disappoint you, but here is answer: no. If I understanded
you right you want to use same WIN386.SWP for WfW and Win95. It's
not possible. Last time when I tried this I lost WfW. It just won't
load (swap-file corrupted). In WfW you can use 'permanent' or
'temporary' swap. In 'temporary' mode this file not used.
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