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on windows 2k professional:

1. how can the pagefile be flushed/cleared manually when logged on as administrator? (without having to shutdown)
2. is a pagefile absolutely necessary for workstations that have a lot of memory (e.g. 654MB RAM)?

the 2nd question is tough to answer because a variety of things can be done on these machines (e.g. different apps etc.), thus affecting memory usage.

to clarify on 2nd point, would it be possible to operate on a machine with the pagefile turned off?

essentially... i don't want to have a pagefile at all, and want to know how to do this.

thank you...
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>>>to clarify on 2nd point, would it be possible to operate on a machine with the pagefile turned off?

Basically No. You can set it to its minimum size of 2MB's but I suspect the system will throw an error or two once in awhile. The system still uses that pagefile no matter the amount of RAM. It is just that the more RAM the less the page file is used. You can experiment with resizing it and find the optimum range but Win2000 groans when it does not have one to use.
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and what can be done about question (1)?

thank you...
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I am not sure if can be done. I am a bit curious to why you want to do this? :>)
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well im just curious if it can be done... i know it can be done during shutdown using a modification in registry... but what about when logged on.

any way... if u find anything let me know. ill keep this thing open for while.

thanks!
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Well this link doesn't address the flushing issue but it is a bit interesting. Probably doesn't help you much but I didn't even know this could be done.

http://www.jsiinc.com/sube/tip2100/rh2174.htm
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well, i would imagine that the answer would be no... because the file is "in-use" when logged on and resources depend on it.

right?

so the only way to deal with the situation is to delete it on shutdown... using registry setting.

not too great... but hey, it works.
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thanks for the help...

if u find anything else... drop it in here!
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Yeah I just did an experiment. I set the minimim to 2MB's and the max to 200MB's. On restart Windows complained that pagefile was to small at 2MB's and after loading it resized it to 6MB's. I have 384MB's of RAM and 214MB's are free. So Windows is caching items at startup and I suspect some of this is directly related to the OS system files. So just off the top of my head I would say flushing while the system is live would probably cause havoc to the system.
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ok... thanks for checking that out.

interesting...
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