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What does pagefile.sys do, and what should the size of the file be?
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Hi jimmyt,

it is the swap-file where NT keeps the information that dosn't fit into the physical memory. You can change the size in control-panel / system, but my experience is that the system gets slower if you enlarge it. Of course your machine is able to work with that extra memory, but it is slower even of you don't need or use it. I think it's a the speed-problem is a problem of the NT internal memory management.

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christian
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This answer covers my question.  I also found additional information at the following URL:  http://www4.zdnet.com/pcmag/pclabs/solution/oe1610a.htm.
I did not state it in the original question, but my computer has a pagefile.sys that is 76 MB.  I was trying to figure out what its function was and why it needed to be sized as it was.
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