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I have WinXP Home with 256MB Ram and disk partitioned as C and D.  I recently moved my page file from C partition to D partition and set it at 1000 and 1000.  My question is:  shld i now go back and create a small page file in C (System) partition and if so what parameters and how to do it?  tks.
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To adjust the Windows XP Page File

1. You must be logged in as either the Administrator or a user with administrative privileges. If you alter the Page File and after a reboot find the settings have not changed. boot the PC into safe mode and log on as "Administrator"

2. Either Right Click My Computer and select Properties  and select the "Advanced" Tab. Under the Performance heading click settings , Select the "Advanced" Tab and click "Change"  OR Press Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > System > Advances > Settings >Change

3. You can now enter you new page file requirements. Ensure you Press "Set"

4. ***Points to consider***

    a. Your page file should be AT LEAST twice the size of your physical RAM
    b. It is considered good practice to set the Maximum and Minimum Sizes the same
        (This prevents fragmentation of the page file)
    c. If you have more than one Hard Drive place the Page File on the fastest drive.
    d. If possible put the Page file on a drive that is on a separate IDE controller.
    e. If possible mount the page file on a different drive to the operating system, or a different partition or
        volume.

5. If It still doesn't work try looking at this article http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q259151

6. For some further reading see http://www.blackviper.com/AskBV/XP17.htm

WARNING

Not leaving a part of page file on your boot volume means your system cannot create a crash dump file (memory.dmp) for more info see
Configuring Page Files for Optimisation and Recovery
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B197379

W2K
http://www.karbosguide.com/software/02a.htm
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