IT Tip: How to Improve Paging File Performance
Virtual memory is created using a special file called a swap file or paging file. Here the operating system will write the least recently used data in the memory to free memory for other programs. In case you think you can improve your system’s performance by having a large page file, think again.
The speed of the memory is much, much higher than the speed of a hard disk, so as long as you use the paging file, there will always be performance degradation. However, if you have more than 256MB of RAM, use this tweak to considerably improve your performance. The main idea is to use all the memory before using the paging file.
1. Go to Start -> Run.
2. Type msconfig and click OK.
3. Click on the System.ini tab.
4. Expand the 386enh tab.
5. Click on new then in the blank box type ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1.
6. Click OK, then restart your computer for the setting to take effect.